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Gautam Gambhir believes Lord’s Test can decide India’s fate in the series

Ollie Pope only managed eight runs in his first innings for the England Lions against India A Ollie Pope only managed eight runs in his first innings for the England Lions against India A
Frederick Owens | 10 August, 2018, 11:54

Frustrating the two teams, incessant rain washed out the entire day one of the second cricket Test between India and England at Lord's on Thursday. Both teams would return to the ground on Friday with the hope to get the match underway.

How the pitch looks on Thursday morning will surely go a long way to informing that decision - on Wednesday afternoon however its appearance mostly remained a mystery, covered first by a white sheet and then by the hover cover, as part of the groundsman's final preparations.The brief glimpse given of the hallowed 22-yards of turf, that will go such a long way to deciding the outcome of this Test, showed a very green looking surface, although much of that grass, now holding the pitch together, will be shaved off before play starts on Thursday.

Play was scheduled to start at 11:00 BST, but steady rain kept the covers on the pitch and prevented the toss at 10:30.

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Rain is expected to return on Monday - the last day of match - and can have a big impact on the result of the match. "If you are 1-0 down and can't make a comeback in this Test match and this match goes the other way...as far as I remember, very few teams are there, who have won three matches in a row", Gambhir was quoted as saying in India Today. A 20-year-old Oliver Pope earned his maiden call-up and is most likely to play ahead of Dawid Malan in the second Test.

Thursday was the first time a full day's play has been lost at Lord's since the opening day of the first test against Pakistan in 2001.

Hosts England lead the five-match series after their 31-run victory in the gripping first Test at Birmingham.

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