Rahane’s fifty is not enough as India fight 181/6

London, August 15 (IANS) India had their backs to the wall in the second Test against England as they went to stumps on day 4 at Lord’s 181/6 in their second innings, just 154 runs ahead.

Stubbe was called early, with eight overs left when England decided to take the new ball in fading light and the referees called it a day.

India struggled with 55 against three as Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane sewed exactly 100 runs for the fourth wicket, but England claimed three late wickets as the visitors fell from 155 to three to 181 for six, with only wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and tail left.

England will relive their chances as they were forced to work hard in the second session as Pujara and Rahane added 49 runs between lunch and tea and scored at a nauseatingly slow pace as they repaired innings with patience and caution.

Pujara (45) came out with the score at 155 when he was felled by a snorer by Mark Wood and gave catch to skipper Joe Root at second drop. Rahane also came out for 61 after the hard work when he was caught by Jos Buttler from spinner Moeen Ali.

Ali was once again stuck when he got Ravindra Jadeja bowled with a brilliant that spun enough to deceive the batsman.

The three wickets in the final hour tipped the balance ‘in England’s favorite’, while India’s hopes will rest with Pant to score some quick runs on Monday morning so India could set a goal of over 200 runs.

Short scores: India 364 and 161 for 6 in 82 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 45, Ajinkya Rahane 61, Rohit Sharma 21, Virat Kohli 20, Mark Wood 3/40, Moeen Ali 2/52) against England 391.


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