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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.

Also, they have dropped Dawid Malan and Ollie Pope could find a place in the 11.

Fans were treated to a stunning first Test in which England's mighty bowling effort saw them clinch the match by just 31 runs.

With Ben Stokes unavailable because of his court case, either Moeen Ali or Chris Woakes will take his place in the side and bat at No 7. "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.

The rain, however, fell consistently throughout the day, much to the frustration of the players as well as the supporters who had made the trip to the Home of Cricket.

Neither team have named their final XI, although 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope will make his England debut. Those are both facts that they will be keen to turn around - whether they are able to remains an altogether different prospect.India were able to initiate batting collapses in both innings at Edgbaston and will have high hopes of doing so again here at Lord's against an England batting card that remains for whatever reason exceptionally brittle.

Officials later confirmed that 98 overs, rather than the standard 90, would be scheduled for the second day in a bid to make-up lost playing time.

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