India vs England 2016: 1st Test Day 4, Highlights
Teenager Haseeb Hameed struck an unbeaten half-century on debut as England put themselves in a dominant position in the first Test against India at Rajkot on Saturday.
At the end of day four, the tourists were 163 runs ahead of the top-ranked hosts with Hameed (62 not out) and skipper Alastair Cook (46 not out) giving their side a flying start in the second innings.
Hameed, watched by his Indian-born father in the stands, batted confidently, hitting five fours and a six during his 141-minute stay at the wicket.
At stumps, England were 114-0 after making 537 in their first foray at the Saurashtra Cricket Association ground, hosting its first Test ever.
India were bowled out for 488 in the post-lunch session with leg-spinner Adil Rashid (4-114) emerging as the most successful bowler.
With three sessions to go on a batsman-friendly wicket, England have now put themselves in a position to dictate terms to their formidable rivals.
‘Calm’ Hameed may be answer to England opening conundrum
England’s protracted search for a long-term opening partner for captain Alastair Cook could be over after teenager Haseeb Hameed showed great skill and maturity to score his maiden test fifty on debut against India on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Hameed is Cook’s 10th partner at the top of the order in the game’s longest format since the retirement of Andrew Strauss four years ago.
Hameed is the youngest opening batsman to play a test for England and he did justice to the faith shown in him by the selectors with a composed unbeaten 62 in the second innings on the fourth day of the opening test.
He added 114 for the first wicket with Cook, who was not out on 46, which gave England an overall lead of 163 against the world’s top-ranked test side and a position from where they can dictate the game on the final day.
“He’s been very good, he’s got a good head,” said England leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
“He’s a very clever and solid boy, works hard in the nets and he’s a great talent and he showed that as well today in his 50-odd. Hopefully he can carry on tomorrow,” Adil added.
In the first innings, Hameed was out lbw to India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the world’s top-ranked bowler in tests, after contributing a solid 31.
The right-hander showed his frustration and probably his inexperience by wasting a review on a decision which looked in little doubt.
But he made amends by handling Ashwin, who has won four consecutive man of the series awards, extremely well.
“He’s very calm, he’s very organised and he has got a good sense of humour,” said Adil, who took four wickets in India’s first innings.