AS IT HAPPENED — England vs. India, second Test: Tourists facing defeat at Lord's

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India got off to a great start on day three of the second test at Lord's. (AFP)
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Updated 11 August 2018
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AS IT HAPPENED — England vs. India, second Test: Tourists facing defeat at Lord's

  • Woakes score first Test ton to make India toil at home of cricket.
  • India bowled out for 107 in their first innings.

STUMPS — England 347-6 (India 107): England took control of the second Test thanks to a brilliant maiden Test ton from Chris Woakes. The all-rounder looked every inch a top-order batsman as, in tough conditions, he took the game to the India attack. 

The tourists started the session in dire need of early wickets, with the hosts already 99 runs ahead with five wickets in hand. But those scalps did not materialize as Woakes and Jonny Bairstow kept piling on the runs, each addition to the total making an India victory ever more unlikely. 

Chris Woakes celebrates his first Test century, the all-rounder ended the day on 120 not out. 

Even though Bairstow was the more senior of the pair, it was Woakes who looked the more impressive, driving, cutting and pulling the ball with authority around the Lord’s outfield. He raced to his first Test century and at stumps was 120 not out. 

By this point Bairstow was not with him. The wicketkeeper batsman out just seven runs short of his ton, caught by Dinesh Karthik off Hardik Pandya (two for 66) for a well-played 93

Jonny Bairstow deserved a century but was out for 93 as England took the gsme away from the tourists.

But while the Yorkshireman deserved to reach three figures, his despair will surely be tempered by the sight of Woakes reaching his first Test century at the home of cricket, becoming only the seventh Englishman to be on both honors boards at Lord’s. 

At stumps Woakes and Co. were on 357 for six, 250 runs ahead of India. With rain forecast for the next two days there is a strong chance Joe Root will declare overnight and get Virat Kohli’s side into bat. 

For the tourists it seems their only hope of avoiding defeat and going 2-0 down in the five-match series is to perform a rain dance and hope the heavens open. All in all this was a chastening day for India.

It was tough day in teh field for Virat Kohli and Co. 

AFTERNOON SESSION — England 230-5 (India 107): India needed a quick start after the lunch break in a bid to prevent England’s first-inning lead from being too large. The sight of big-hitting Jos Buttler at the crease would not have settled their nerves, but such has been the difficulty to score on the Lord’s pitch that Virat Kohli and Co. would have doubtless backed themselves to make early inroads. 

Unfortunately for the tourists Buttler got 24 off 35 balls — quick scoring on this wicket — before he was LBW off Shami (three for 67). That meant England were on 137 for five, already 22 runs ahead of India’s first-innings total of 107. Again, not much, but on a pitch such as this runs almost count double. 

A rare bit of joy for India during the second session at Lord's as Shami take Jos Buttler's wicket. 

That brought in Chris Woakes (55 not out) and alongside Jonny Bairstow he ensured more pain for India. Together, with the pitch getting easier to bat on, the pair put on 99 for the sixth wicket before tea. Bairstow (62 not out) in particular looking at ease the longer he was out in the middle. 

Bairstow has look at ease on a tough Lord's pitch. 

The challenge for Kohli’s side after the tea break is exactly the same as it was after the lunch break: take early wickets. They will hope they are more successful second time around.

Chris Woakes gave Bairstow fine support as England stretched their lead.

MORNING SESSION — England 89-4 (India 107): It was a good morning for India as they took four England wickets to get them back into the second Test at Lord’s. Having been bowled out for 107 on day two of the stop-start, rain-affected match at the home of cricket, the tourists knew they had to make early inroads into the hosts batting line-up.
With the sun shining it looked like perfect batting conditions, but the rare rainfall of the previous two days in London still gave the India attack hope they could bowl their side back into he match.
After an assured start Keaton Jennings was the first to depart, LBW to Mohammed Shami (two for 27) for 11. As so often happens they did not have to wait long fir the second wicket, Alastair Cook caught behind for 21 off Ishant Sharma (one for 26) to leave England on 32 for two.
That brought in new cap Ollie Pope. The 20-year-old played only 15 First-Class matches before this clash leaving many to wonder whether the young gun had what it takes to take on the world’s best side. He got off the mark with a four and looked composed throughout out his innings of 28 before he was LBW to Hardik Pandya (one for 16). As first innings go in Test cricket it was a good one. The wicket offered the bowlers something, he outscored Joe root at the other end and so far at least it is the best score of the match.

Pope looked at home on his Test debut before before being out LBW for 28 


Pope’s wicket left the hosts on 77 for three, with two experience batsmen at the crease in Root and Jonny Bairstow. Just before lunch, however, India struck with the vital wicket of the skipper. Root LBW to Shami for a less than fluent 28.
The second session will be vital with India still looking to get early wickets to keep England’s first-innings lead to a minimum.

Mohammed Shami celebrates the vital wicket of Joe Root 


Felipe Massa ready for Formula E challenge around the streets of Riyadh

Updated 25 September 2018
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Felipe Massa ready for Formula E challenge around the streets of Riyadh

  • Not only will the December date mark the Kingdom’s entry into Formula E, but it will also mark Massa’s debut
  • Massa called the Formula E vehicles “the car of the next generation”

Noor Nugali Riyadh: Felipe Massa cannot wait to get behind the wheel of a Formula E car and jumpstart his new career when the spectacle of speed storms into Riyadh for the season opener on Dec. 15.
The Saudi Arabia capital was named as the newest stopping point for the sport in May, with it being the first race of a 13-race season, which sees the electric-powered cars tackle street circuits across the globe.
Not only will the December date mark the Kingdom’s entry into Formula E, but it will also mark Massa’s debut, having left the Formula One paddock for the growing sport. And the 37-year-old told Arab News he is excited about the prospect of tackling the streets of Ad Diriyah, the oldest part of the capital, in one of the electrically powered speed machines.
“I am ready for the race. It’s a fantastic feeling driving around the city, the town, it’s historical. It will be a big event,” Massa said at press conference to announce Saudi Arabian Airlines’ new long-term partnership as official airline partner of the all-electric series.
“I’m really happy to be a part of this new challenge for my career. In a new place and country, it’s motivating.”
Having won 11 Grands Prix during an illustrious career in F1, during which time he raced for Ferrari, some might think Massa would not be daunted by the move to Formula E. The Brazilian, however, is taking nothing for granted.
“It’s a big challenge for me to change categories, to Formula E,” he said, having got a chance to put some early practice in as he took a Gen2 car around the streets of the capital.
“Learning everything is a challenge. It’s different cars, different tracks and a different way of driving. I need to learn and grow to understand but I like new challenges.”
Massa called the Formula E vehicles “the car of the next generation” and it is hoped that the Ad Diriyah race helps the changing face of Saudi Arabia by inspiring more women to get behind the wheel in the Kingdom — something not lost on Massa.
“I heard that women are driving (in Saudi Arabia) now and that’s fantastic — hopefully in the future there will female racers,” he said.
“We are racing in a country (whose main export is oil), and we are racing with electric cars. I think it shows that this country wants to change its mentality and its thinking of the future. It’s really positive and I’m so happy to be a part of this.”
Thanks to the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, the Middle East has long been associated with motorsport, and it is well known that the region is awash with petrolheads. The Riyadh Formula E race, however, will be international motorsport’s first move into Saudi Arabia.
But rather than look to bring F1 to the country his Abdul Aziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, vice-chair of the General Sports Authority, revealed that Formula E was the only format they wanted to see in the capital.
“This is a truly game-changing moment for Saudi Arabia and one that we can share with the world,” he said. “It is very fitting that the such a futuristic and sustainable sport as Formula E is pointing to the future direction of our country.
“Saudi Arabia is home to literally millions of passionate young fans of motorsport, many of whom simply cannot believe that Felipe Massa took the Gen2 car around the streets of the capital today and that they now have a ‘home race’ on the Formula E calendar. So already the excitement is building, especially since we’re adding live music concerts to the weekend line-up.”
The track Massa and Co. will be tackling this December was revealed at the press conference. At 1.76 miles long, the first road circuit in the Middle East features 21 corners, a number of which are long flowing ones taken at high speed. It is hoped that the race will get both Saudi Arabia’s entry to the sport and the season itself off to a spectacular start, and in doing so inspire a new generation of speed demons.
Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Faisal Al-Saud, president of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said: “Something we haven’t announced yet, is that there will be a support race for Formula E.
“It’s the Jaguar I-Pace trophy, it will race around the world with the Formula E circuit.
“Saudi Arabia will participate in that championship as a national team with two Saudi Arabian drivers and we will announce the names soon.”