England in driver’s seat in first India Test

RAJKOT, India: 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.-APP