England's Haseeb Hameed plays

Teenager Haseeb Hameed struck and make  unbeaten half-century on  his debut as England and  put themselves in a dominant position in a first Test match against India at Rajkot.

At the end of the fourth day, the guests were 163 runs ahead of the top-ranked hosts with Haseeb’s (62 not out) and skipper Alastair Cook (46 not out) giving their side a good start in the second innings. Haseeb watched by his Indian-born father in the stands and he batted confidently, hitting five fours and a big six during his 141-minute inning stay at the wicket. At stumps, England were 114-0 after making 537 in their first innings at the Saurashtra Cricket Association ground, hosting its first Test match ever. India was bowled out for 488 in the post-lunch session and  leg-spinner Adil Rashid  took (4-114) emerging as the most successful bowler for England .

With three sessions to go on a batsman-friendly wicket, England has put themselves in a position to dictate terms to their formidable rivals.

Rashid chose to be cautiously optimistic about England’s chances of finishing the game on top ranked.

And still, a lot of matches will be played tomorrow last day of the first test,said Adil.

“First we have to came out and put runs on the scoreboard and then see where we’re at lunch.“If we’re in a good position then maybe we might have little bowls to India and let’s see what happened.”Rashid was also all praise for Hameed, calling him an “excellent talent and well played ” he worked very hard in the net and he is a good player against spin.

England came into this five-match series after a demoralizing first-ever Test defeat to minnows Bangladesh, and with a squad came with unexperienced players.The home side owed much to Ravichandran Ashwin, who struck a crucial half-century to restrict India’s first-innings deficit to 49 runs.Ashwin, who came to bat when his team made 349 for five, he made 70 off 139 balls to frustrate the guests. Kohli’s out hit-wicket and Ashwin completed his seventh test half-century in the process, emphasizing once again his all-round batting.

When England came last toured India in 2012, Ashwin had proved to be a thorn in their flesh, averaging over 60 with the bat.It was also the last time that a visiting team takes the first-innings lead in Test against India. Indian batsman Murali Vijay said he has  expected his side to put back in the game.“It’s still a pretty good wicket but it’s also gone slower as well. There is a lot of assistance for spinners,” he said.“We still have a chance and if we take 3-4 early wickets it will be an interesting game.

”In the morning session, India lose their inform batsman Kohli to a freak dismissal when he was on 40 runs.Kohli’s back leg hit the stumps and dislodged a bail as he tried to pull a short delivery from Adil and become the 2nd Indian skipper to hit-wicket after Lala Amarnath in 1948-49 series at home against the West Indies.

Kohli also out in a similar situation in one-day international against England in Cardiff 2011.India, 319 for 4 overnight, started the day cautiously with Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane (13) not taking any unnecessary risks against a disciplined England attack.But they were quick to throw on to poor deliveries, with Rahane imperiously pulling a short ball from Chris Woakes to the square leg fence.Rahane’s flourish, however, proved short-lived as he lost his stumps to Ansari after completely misunderstanding the length.But it was the dismissal of Kohli, who has scored two Test double centuries this year, which hit India the hardest.Otherwise, Kohli had been keen to improve his average against England but failed to build on his good start today. He hit five fours in his 95 balls.The home team has won 12 and drawn one of their last 13 Tests matches at home ground since England’s historic 2-1 won against India in 2012. 

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