The first day of the second test match between India and England was canceled due to rain at Lords. The skies were cloudy at Lord’s yesterday and there was gentle rain but the pitches were covered all the day. But after 11 am, rain was in a rage and there were expectations about the resumption of the game after lunch at 12.30 pm GMT.
Lunch was scheduled 30 minutes earlier and hence the umpires watched the ground whether there was a probability of the resumption of the game at the second session of the play. Even after tea time at 3.40pm, rainfall continued and the umpires discussed with Mick Hunt, the head groundsman about the probability of the resumption of the game but the rain didn’t stop. Mick Hunt is about to retire from his duties after 49 years of service at the Lords. Due to rain, the players stayed off the field.
It was the first time after 24th August 2013 that a whole day’s play of a test match was canceled due to rain in England. The fourth day of the Ashes tournament was canceled due to rain at the Oval without bowling a single ball.
The last time a day in a test match was canceled was 17 years ago. That was the opening day of the first test match against Pakistan in 2001. The entire day of the play was canceled due to rain. England won the first test match against India at Edgbaston in the five-game series by 31 runs and is at the lead by 1-0. India is looking to level the series by winning the Lord’s test.