Cricket: England In Driver's Seat In First India Test

Cricket: England in driver's seat in first India Test

RAJKOT, India, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 12th Nov, 2016 ) - 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.