XtraTime Web Desk: A bad day for both India and England cricket team comes to an end as the rain washed out the day 1 of the second Test between the two teams at Lord’s today. The umpires called off at 4.50pm after a final inspection without a ball being bowled.
The match officials decided to take an early lunch, moving the scheduled break ahead by 30 minutes. Even after lunch, there was no respite from the rain and it went on throughout the afternoon.
Finally, 45 minutes after the ‘tea break’, the umpires inspected conditions twice before declaring no play was possible today.
The remaining four days will see 96 overs each to make up for the lost time. However, there is more rain forecast for this weekend and as such this match could see routine rain breaks.
A few players, including Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, did make their way to the indoor nets to pass time.
As the scheduled tea break came over, there was some weather clearance in the distance and the rain did slow down. The umpires came out and had a chat with the ground staff as well, who were regularly cleaning off water from the covers.
The hosts are leading the five-match test series 1-0 after the beat India at Birmingham by 31 runs.