After a washout on Day one, India are well and truly behind in the game at the end of Day two. However, if conditions remain the same and the Indian bowlers hit their straps, you never know what could transpire on Day three.
India 107 (Ravichandran Ashwin 29; James Anderson 5-20, Chris Woakes 2-19) vs England
What does one say about a day such as this? If day one was spent in anticipation for a contest between bat and ball that never materialized, Day two seemed quite bright at the toss and gave lot of hope of a classic day of Test cricket.
However, the weather soon change sides as it began pelting down heavily. For umpteen number of times, the players took the field and then had to rush back to the pavilion as showers kept coming time and again.
In the little play that was possible, 35.2 overs to be precise, India lost all its wickets for as cheap as 107 runs. The first two wickets came in almost unplayable conditions as Murali Vijay and KL Rahul were dismissed by James Anderson (13.2-5-20).
Just at the stroke of another rain break, Virat Kohli made an error in judgement and ran Pujara out. Kohli (23) and Rahane then tried to keep things together for some time but it did not last long as wickets kept falling at regular intervals.
England's swing bowling trio of James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran pitched the ball up to extract maximum swing with slip catching being the only thing not in their favour.
Ravichandran Ashwin tried to play some aggressive shots and accumulated 29 runs which are massive in the context of the game. Shami then played two proper aggricultural heaves to take the Indian score past 100.
India are well and truly behind in the game. However, if conditions remain the same and the Indian bowlers hit their straps, you never know what could transpire on Day three.
©Cricket World 2018