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India has best chance to bounce back in series at Lord’s

Having struggled to get the batsmen – barring skipper Virat Kohli – going in the first Test, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Lord's Test is the perfect opportunity for the visitors to level the series with a win

New Delhi : The pursuit of bagging a first-ever victory at Edgbaston didn’t materialise for team India and now they are up against England for the second Test at the ‘Home of Cricket’ Lord’s.
Having struggled to get the batsmen – barring skipper Virat Kohli – going in the first Test, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Lord’s Test is the perfect opportunity for the visitors to level the series with a win.
The 22 yards still seemed dry, with grass on the surface to hold it together. Both teams haven’t announced their final eleven, humming and hawing about the possibility of two spinners.
Over the two days, with the opportunity to stand really close where you can almost touch the net strings, the absence of the front foot stride hit you more than ever. Barring that man Virat Kohli, of course.
A short forward press later, he decides where his foot should roam, according to the needs of the ball.
R Ashwin, who picked up seven wickets in the first game, troubling almost every English batsmen, there’s a temptation around the Indian camp to play either Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja to provide more support to the senior off-spinner.
England made one change the day after the Test, partly to deny R Ashwin so many left-hand batsmen to feast on, partly as a response to Dawid Malan’s form with the bat and in the slips.
The 20-year-old promising right-hand batsman Ollie Pope has been confirmed to make his debut. Which one out of Woakes and Moeen plays will depend on the pitch and the forecast.

England squad for second Test: Cook, Jennings, Root, Pope, Bairstow, Buttler, Woakes, Moeen Ali, S Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson.

India (possible) team for second Test: Dhawan, Vijay, Kohli, Rahul, Rahane, Karthik, Pandya, Ashwin, Yadav, Sharma, Shami

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