London, August 15 (IANS) India have taken the lead on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test despite losing three wickets in the first session on Sunday. At lunch, India were 56/3 in 25 overs with Cheteshwar Pujara (3 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (1 not out) at the fold.
India led by 29 runs after making 364 in the first innings and bowling England to 391
On a bright day with the Lord, the opening pair Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were cautious in the first seven overs. Sharma was graceful in her straight drive and flick through the middle wicket.
The basis for India’s score in the first innings came from the partnership of 126 runs between the openers. But England crushed the plan by forcing Rahul to nod behind goalkeeper Jos Buttler from Mark Wood, thus breaking the partnership in 18 races.
Wood was then pulled by Sharma to six on the third ball in the 12th over. But three balls later, Sharma repeated the move, only to get the shot to come off the toe end of the bat and hit straight to the deep backward square leg. It was the second time in the series that Sharma came out while trying to pull.
Pujara escaped an early scare with the edge missing. He took plenty of time to get out of the mark from the 35th ball with a push through the leg-side and received a loud cheer from the crowd.
Virat Kohli was impressive in the beginning with his cover drives and by finding the middle of bats on most occasions. But the Indian skipper stuck at a delivery on the fifth stump and took an edge to Buttler off Sam Curran and fell on the stroke of the lunch interval.
England dominated the session, picking three big wickets from Rahul, Sharma and Kohli as he closed out 56 runs in 25 overs
Pujara, Rahane and the rest of India slogan have a huge task in hand.
Short scores: India 364 and 56/3 (Rohit Sharma 21, Virat Kohli 20, Mark Wood 2/16, Sam Curran 1/6) against England 391.
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