Hameed’s maiden 50 puts Eng­land in charge

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

RA­JKOT, In­dia (AP):

TEENAGER HASEEB Hameed hit his maiden Test fifty yes­ter­day as the first Test be­tween In­dia and Eng­land in Ra­jkot ap­peared to be head­ing for a draw.

The 19-year-old Hameed smashed five fours and his first Test six to reach 62 not out with Eng­land at 114-0 in their sec­ond in­nings at stumps on day four. Alas­tair Cook was un­beaten on 46.

Eng­land have a 163-run lead af­ter ear­lier dis­miss­ing In­dia for 488, of­fer­ing the tourists a slim chance of vic­tory if they try to score quickly to­day.

Hameed is the third youngest English bats­man to hit a Test fifty. It was the first half-cen­tury by an English teenager since Den­nis Compton in 1937.

“He has worked hard in the nets and is a great tal­ent. He has a good head on his shoul­ders and he showed that to­day,” team­mate Adil Rashid said. “Hope­fully he can carry on to­mor­row.”

Ravin­dra Jadeja (0-33) shared the new ball with Mo­hammed Shami (0-12), but the ploy didn’t work. Ravichan­dran Ash­win (0-32) had a leg – be­fore – wicket shout re­viewed against Hameed. Ear­lier, helped by Rashid’s 4-114, Eng­land got a first-in­nings lead of 49 runs. Af­ter lunch, Moeen Ali (2-85) and Rashid took two wick­ets each to wrap up the In­dian lower or­der.

CAUGHT BE­HIND

Rashid dis­missed Wrid­dhi­man Saha, caught be­hind for 35 runs, and Ravin­dra Jadeja (12), who was caught at short leg. Saha put on 64 runs for the sev­enth wicket with Ash­win.

This was the cru­cial part­ner­ship of the day, as it al­lowed In­dia to eat up some time af­ter they had saved the fol­low on.

Ash­win com­pleted his sev­enth Test half-cen­tury off 111 balls, and put on 29 runs for the 10th wicket with Shami, who was dropped by Cook off Stuart Broad (1-78).

In­dia wob­bled in the morn­ing af­ter start­ing from its overnight 319-4. They lost Ajinkya Ra­hane (13) and Vi­rat Kohli (40) in the space of 17 balls.

Ra­hane was bowled off Za­far An­sari (2-77), while Kohli stepped on to his stumps pulling Rashid, and was out hit wicket.

Eng­land’s bats­man Haseeb Hameed on the go on the fourth day of the first cricket Test match be­tween In­dia and Eng­land in Ra­jkot, In­dia, yes­ter­day.

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