It was a well-fought day of Test match cricket between England and India on day four of the second Test match at the Lord's on Sunday. While initially it felt like the hosts would run away with the match, the partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane gave India some hope before England yet again came back in the final session.
As always, cricket experts were eager to see a Virat Kohli special at the Lord's cricket stadium. Especially with his team in a spot of bother, having lost both their openers early, it was expected that Kohli could make a big impact in the match. However, it was not to be as Kohli departed for a 31-ball 20. While Kohli was looking in his short stay at the crease, he couldn't quite capitalise and was out to Sam Curran.
As soon as the English all-rounder began celebrating Kohli's wicket, he was seen walking back to the pavilion, clearly upset from himself. In frustration, Kohli even threw his towel and expressed his displeasure of yet again failing to convert the start into a substantial score which could have well been the difference in the Test match. It should be noted that Kohli last scored a century against Bangladesh in 2019 and has struggled to get runs in this last few innings, with even his last Test fifty coming seven innings ago.
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There were also questions about Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane's form but the duo put up a resilient effort and have helped the team stay alive in the contest. While Pujara made 45, Rahane scored 61, adding over 100-runs as a partnership before Mark Wood sent Pujara back.
Later Joe Root's plan of handing the ball to Moeen Ali worked wonders as he struck twice, scalping the wicket of Rahane as well as Ravindra Jadeja. India are placed at 181 for six with a lead of 154 at the end of day four with an exciting final day coming ahead. All three results look possible but the home team might just be the happier side coming into Day 5.