Thursday, 17 July 2014 at Lord’s, London
Once again India’s lower order came to the team’s rescue. An eighth-wicket 90-run stand between centurion Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar spared India’s blushes on the opening day of the second Test at Lord’s on Thursday. On a lively pitch, the English bowlers reduced India to 145 for 7 before the duo helped the tourists reach a respectable position – 290 for 9 at the close of play.
Rahane scored his second Test hundred, while Bhuvneshwar followed his two fifties in the first game at Trent Bridge with a valiant 36. Mohammed Shami (14*) and Ishant Sharma (12*) closed the day out for India but by all means it was Rahane’s day. The Mumbai batsman completed his century with a drive off Anderson past point, an effort that was fully appreciated by a packed arena. However, two balls later Anderson avenged himself with a brilliant caught and bowled, ending Rahane’s innings on 103 (155b, 15x4s, 1x6s).
India 290 for 9 (Shami 14*, Ishant 12*, Anderson 4-55) v England