3:00 PM IST: Good afternoon and welcome to the live coverage of the second Test match of the Pataudi Trophy between India and England. The first Test between the two heavyweights ended in a draw after rain played spoilsport.
India's bowling attack looked in fine shape before the rain delays, and Virat Kohli's men will hope to continue their run in the second Test.
Both teams kicked off the 2021-23 edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) and earned four points each after the last match because of their draw.
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3:03 PM IST: Rain delays the toss as the covers were put due to a slight drizzle over the pitch. However, the good news is that the groundskeepers have begun taking off the covers.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live coverage of the 2nd Test between India and England at the Lord's.
Rain played spoilsport in the last match and both teams will for better fortunes this time round.
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3:20 PM IST: ...And the toss is finally done! England win the toss, choose to bowl first.
India's Starting XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
England's Starting XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson
Team news: Three changes for England, with Mark Wood replacing the injured Stuart Broad. However, James Anderson makes it to the XI after an injury scare during the week.
Only one change for India, with Ishant Sharma taking the injured Shardul Thakur's place. In a surprising move, Ravichandran Ashwin misses out for a second straight Test!
3:45 PM IST: Rain gods are playing spoilsport yet again after the players were forced off the pitch even before a ball could be bowled. And now the covers are back on as well... Fans and players are keeping their fingers crossed...
4:00 PM IST: And we're off! James Anderson bowls the first over for England, while Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul open the batting for India
4:10 PM IST: The England bowlers have started superbly, instantly putting the Indian openers in slight pressure. Consecutive maidens for the opening bowling pair of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson.
4:30 PM IST: Close call! The ball edges off KL Rahul's bat but falls short off Dom Sibley. Unlucky for Ollie Robinson, who hasn't put a foot wrong till now.
4:52 PM IST: FOUR! Rohit Sharma bags the first boundary off Sam Curran's bowling!
4:58 PM IST: CONSECUTIVE FOURS! Eight runs in two balls for the Mumbai Indians skipper!
5:00 PM IST: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have taken their time to settle in, before Sharma thrashed 16 runs off Sam Curran's last over heading into the drinks break.
5:30 PM IST: The covers come back on as rain returns to create havoc at the Lord's.
5:20 PM IST: Rain forced the hands of the referees who used the delay to call an early lunch but now we are back as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul hope to continue their dominance in between the wickets.
5:25 PM IST: KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma complete their 50-run partnership after Ollie Robinson gave away 4 byes.
Fun fact: This is India's first 50-run partnership in the 1st innings at the Lord's since 1952!
6:40 PM IST: 50 Runs for Rohit!
The star opener continues his fine forays and scores the first half-century of the Test.
6:50 PM IST: First maximum of the match and it is none other than beloved Rohit to get the ball over the boundary.
7:02 PM IST: Moeen Ali into the action for England.
7:20 PM IST: 100-run opening partnership for KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma as they hold on to India's dominance in the middle of the park.
8:05 PM IST: James Anderson strikes!
The veteran pacer dismisses the dangerous looking Rohit Sharma for 83 runs.
8:36 PM IST: James Anderson strikes again as out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara is caught in the slip by Joe Root as India lose their second wicket.
8:40 PM IST: KL Rahul continues where Rohit left off, hitting a half century for a second time in the ongoing series.
8:45 PM IST: India keep the pressure on their opponents after a fine batting performance in the first two sessions of Day 1. Rohit Sharma began the onslaught and after his dismissal, KL Rahul has continued to carry the mantle. Heading into the final session of the day, Kohli and Rahul will hope to stay in the driving seat for the remainder of Day 1.
9:30 PM IST: Kohli and Rahul going steady as India keep the pressure on England.
9:56 PM IST: Skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul guide India to 200.
10:44 PM IST: Heading into the final 45 minutes of Day 1, KL Rahul inches closer to his century, a major achievement for the opener.
10:56 PM IST: KL Rahul creates history! Scores a century at the Lord's, entering a list of elite players to achieve this feat.
11:02 PM IST: India reach 250, and Kohli-Rahul complete their 100 run partnership as well.
11:26 PM IST: Virat Kohli dismissed by Ollie Robinson! The skipper edged the ball straight into the hands of Joe Root.
11:52 PM IST: India are in control of the second Test with a strong performance from Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. They will hope to continue their dominance on Day 2 and post a large enough score to take control of the match and secure an important win and a lead over their rivals.
That's all from Day 1's action at the Lord's tune in at 3:30 tomorrow for the beginning of Day 2 action....