That's it from me on Day 4 of the 1st Test. Do joins us tomorrow for our coverage of the fifth day's play. Till then, goodbye!
That's it from me on Day 4 of the 1st Test. Do joins us tomorrow for our coverage of the fifth day's play. Till then, goodbye!
5 centurions yet in this Test but most impressive batsman IMO has been debutant Haseeb Hameed. Fine technique, mentally strong. Gr8 prospect— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 12, 2016
Adil Rashid: (On how Saqlain Mushtaq helped him) "I think it was a little more field placing and lengths to bowl, and working batsmen out. We've got to come back tomorrow morning, put the runs on the board, and see what happens."
Adil Rashid: (When asked whether it was the best he bowled in Tests) "I felt okay, it was nice to get a long bowl and get into a rhythm,"
Adil Rashid: "It was a crucial partnership (between Cook and Hameed), hopefully they can carry on tomorrow. Haseeb knows his game, he works hard in the nets,"
Stumps, day 4: After the late onslaught from Ravichandran Ashwin, the momentum went back to India. But England did exceedingly well to fight back in the last session. Young Haseeb Hameed scored a fifty in his debut and was involved in a 100-run stand with captain Alastair Cook. India looked desperate, and looked to bowl far too many wicket taking balls, rather than bowling in the good areas. No chance created whatsoever. England lead by 163 runs, with Hameed on 62 and Cook on 46.
After 33 overs,England 101/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 39 , Haseeb Hameed 56)
Hundred run stand comes up between Hameed and Cook in the 33rd over. England have been in total command in the last session so far, they lead by 150 runs.
FIFTY! Haseeb Hameed scores a half century on his debut, no wild celebrations just a handshake with captain Cook. Gets there with a boundary towards third man.
Looked like a review taken in desperation, pitched outside the line, impact outside the line too, and went over the stumps.
Amit Mishra comes into the attack.
Will he score his maiden fifty in Test cricket?
Highest scores by a teenager in Tests for England— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) November 12, 2016
74 - J Crawford, Cape Town, 1906
65 - D Compton, Oval, 1937
48* - H Hameed, Rajkot, 2016
By batting as long as they did, India ensured that only something very very unusual could force a result against them!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 12, 2016
Ashwin comes back into the attack in the 26th over.
After 25 overs,England 77/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 32 , Haseeb Hameed 44)
England have begun really well and now the match more likely or not will end in draw. They lead by 125 runs and have faced no troubles from the Indian bowlers so far. Not taking any risks, 7 off the last 5 overs.
After 20 overs,England 70/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 29 , Haseeb Hameed 40)
India introduces Umesh Yadav into the attack and bring Jadeja from the other end. And after one over, it's pace from both ends. Yadav and Shami are bowling in tandem. Kohli has set a defensive field already.... England lead by 119 runs. And, it's drinks at Rajkot.
Umesh Yadav comes into the attack.
After 15 overs,England 52/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 20 , Haseeb Hameed 31)
Jadeja, Ashwin not getting as much from the wicket as the England spinners did. The bowlers' footmarks not in his bowling area, commentators suggesting a change of ends for both of them. Ashwin is bowling from round to the wicket to Hameed. Yikes, almost a collision between Cook and Hameed in Ashwin's 5th over. Cook leans forward to defend, the ball takes the leading edge off Cook's bat and just falls short of Rahane at 1st slip. The southpaw gets a boundary to bring up the fifty run stand between him and young Hameed. Also, England's lead crosses 100 runs.
Fifty run partnership comes up between Cook and Hameed in the 15th over after England captain pulls Ashwin to deep mid wicket for a four.
After 10 overs,England 40/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 13 , Haseeb Hameed 26)
Hameed clears his front leg and lofts Jadeja over long-off for a six. India introduce Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack in the 7th over. Oh no! Haseeb places it to point to take singlem but Shami throws and the ball goes to the fence. 5 runs! England are putting away the bad balls. Haseeb hit consecutive fours off Ashwin's bowling, first through third man and the next towards covers.
After 5 overs,England 15/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 8 , Haseeb Hameed 6)
Shami opens the bowling for the Indians, with Hameed clipping the fourth ball towards fine-leg to get off the mark. Ravindra Jadeja, and not Ravichandran Ashwin, gets the ball in the second over. Turns out to be an eventful one, with a couple of close calls. Cook gets his first boundary in the fourth over, guiding a short ball from Jadeja down towards third man.
Meanwhile, the players are back after tea, with Shami bowling the first over of England's 2nd innings.
OUT! Ashwin tries to clear the deep mid wicket fence, but gets caught by Ansari. Departs for 70. England bowl out India for 488. Visitors will start their second innings with a lead of 49 runs.
After 160 overs,India 487/9 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 69 , Mohammed Shami 8)
Ashwin has started accelerating after Yadav's wicket. 32 off the last 5 overs. Shami too joined a party after slogging Rashid over deep mid-wicket. India trail by 50 runs.
FIFTY! Ashwin plays it down to the third man and runs a single to get to his seventh half century.
OUT! Umesh after getting beaten thrice, goes for slog sweep, miscues and Stokes dives to catch it.
After 155 overs,India 455/8 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 49 , Umesh Yadav 5)
Jadeja stands and delivers. Lofts Rashid over his head for a maximum. Ashwin in the next over, prods forward and drives Broad for a boundary. Wowza! Ashwin almost played on. Short ball by Broad, tries to pull, gets a thick inside edge, but it goes over the stumps. Rashid gets rid of Jadeja in the 154th over. India trail by 82 runs.
OUT! Soft dismissal, bounce does the trick. Jadeja edges it to Hameed at forward short leg while trying to defend. Jadeja falls for 12, Umesh Yadav comes out to bat.
After 150 overs,India 436/7 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 43 , Ravindra Jadeja 4)
150 overs completed. India trail by 101 runs. Broad came back into the attack in the 149th over and bowls a maiden.
For all the talk of England's long tail, pretty impressive that India have a guy with three first-class triple hundreds batting at 9.— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) November 12, 2016
After 145 overs,India 426/7 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 37 , Ravindra Jadeja 0)
Saha misjudges the bounce and ducks to leave Woakes' delivery and gets hit on the helmet. He seems fine though, Stokes asks him whether he is okay. 1 and 3 off the next two overs. A half-hearted appeal from Moeen Ali for LBW, but the visitors realised that it took a big inside edge before hitting the pads. Dharmasena nodded his head in negative almost instantly. England have deployed a silly mid on for Ashwin in Woakes' over. Saha is taking the aerial route every now and then, tries to clear the mid-on fielder off Moeen's bowling, mistimes, long-on was positioned, but it landed safely. Cheeky this, a silly point for Ashwin off Moeen's bowling. Saha walks down the ground to hit a four over bowler's head and gets caught by Bairstow off the next ball. He takes the long walk back to the pavillion for 35. Ravindra Jadeja comes out to bat.
OUT! Saha goes back to cut Moeen and nicks it to Bairstow. Departs for 35. Important breakthrough for England. Ravindra Jadeja comes out to bat.
Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin are back on the field. Moeen Ali to start the proceedings after lunch.
After 137 overs,India 411/6 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 29 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 29)
Lunch, day 4: Saha and Ashwin bring up the 50-run stand in the last over before the first session, Both the teams shared the first session, England sent back Rahane and Kohli back to the pavillion early on. But Ashwin and Saha batted well and have managed to bring down the trail to 126 runs.
After 136 overs,India 409/6 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 28 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 28)
India are mixing with caution with aggression. Picking up singles to not let the pressure, and Saha has looked to attack every now and then. He danced down the ground and lofted it over the bowler's head for a six. Stokes bowled the first maiden of the session in the 135th over. England introduces Moeen Ali in the next over.
Saha brings up the 400-run mark mark for India with a six over the bowler's head.
After 130 overs,India 393/6 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 22 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 18)
England bring back Stokes into the bowling attack. And he almost gets a wicket. Saha nicks it, but it falls short of both the keeper and first slip, and races away for a boundary. Ashin and Saha are rotating the strike well.
Inspired by a late strike by their bowlers, England managed to turn the momentum towards them as India reached 319/4 at stumps on day three of the opening Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.
In reply to England's first innings knock of 537, India rode on defiant centuries by opener Murali Vijay (126) and local boy Cheteshwar Pujara (124), who stitched a 209-run stand for the second wicket after opener Gautam Gambhir (29) was sent back in the morning session.
Both Pujara and Vijay reached their respective tons in the post-tea session as the duo took India to 277/1 before being separated by pacer Ben Stokes.
Pujara, who hit 17 boundaries in his 206-ball knock, attempted a shortish ball outside the off stump from Stokes only to land in skipper Alastair Cook's hands at wide slip.
Pujara's wicket brought in skipper Virat Kohli (26 not out), who along with Vijay added 41 runs for the third wicket before leg-spinner Adil Rashid sent back the Tamil Nadu right-hander.
Vijay, who switched gears after reaching his career's seventh century, blasted nine boundaries and four sixes in his 301-ball innings.
Vijay's vigil was over minutes before the close of play after he mistimed a googly from the leggie which popped off the glove straight to Haseeb Hameed at short leg.
Night-watchman Amit Mishra then joined Kohli but the leg-spinner could only last two deliveries and fell to left-armer Zafar Ansari before the stumps were drawn for the day. Kohli, on the other hand, consumed 70 deliveries for his 26 which contained three hits to the fence.
Earlier, Pujara and Vijay continued to bat steadily as India reached 228/1 at tea.
Pujara weathered some rough attention from the England pacers in the early part of his inning and was unbeaten on 99 when tea was called. Vijay was batting on 86 at the other end.
The day did not start too brightly for the hosts. Gambhir and Vijay, who produced an opening stand of 68, could only add five runs to India's overnight score when the Delhi southpaw was trapped leg before by Stuart Broad on 29.
Gambhir moved too far across his stumps and was hit on his pads in front of the middle and off stumps. The Delhi left-hander, who has made a comeback to the Test squad after a prolonged absence, hit four boundaries during his 72-delivery stay in the middle.
Pujara then joined Vijay and the duo ensured that the hosts lost no more wickets and at lunch had compiled an unbeaten partnership of 94 runs.
Pujara did face some trouble against the England pacers, particularly Chris Woakes, who rapped him three times on the helmet.
Both Pujara and Vijay were much better against the England spinners, however, and Vijay brought up his half-century in style with a six over long-on off left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari.
Vijay, however, was lucky to survive on three occasions, getting a leading edge when looking to drive Ansari against the turn, edging Woakes wide of slip, and not picking a Rashid delivery in the last over before lunch.
After lunch, Pujara and Vijay batted steadily, albeit a bit slowly to add 66 runs by the tea break to further consolidate India's position.
Pujara survived a scare while on 86 when the umpire adjudged him leg before off Ansari's bowling. The Indians called for review of the verdict and the much maligned Decision Review System (DRS) came to Pujara's rescue.
The Saurashtra batsman survived a few nervous minutes going into the tea break, consuming eight balls on 99 before the teams went in for the break.
For the visitors, Broad, Ansari, Rashid and Stokes took one wicket apiece.
With inputs from IANS
Published Date: Nov 12, 2016 17:20 PM | Updated Date: Nov 22, 2017 11:14 AM
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