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Cook, Hameed stretch England lead to 163 heading into day five

Haseeb Hameed (left) completed his maiden fifty for England
Haseeb Hameed (left) completed his maiden fifty for England
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England 537 & 114-0 (Hameed 62no) v
India 488 (Vijay 126)
First Test, Rajkot, day four

Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed gave England the perfect in their fourth innings as they stretched the lead to 163 runs with 10 wickets in hand at stumps on day four of the second Test in Rajkot.

Earlier, a four-wicket haul from Adil Rashid helped England dismiss India for 488 in their first innings, securing a 49-run lead.

India started the day at 319 for four. In his first over of the day, Zafar Ansari (2-77) castled Ajinkya Rahane (13) and soon Virat Kohli (41) was dismissed hitwicket off the bowling of Rashid (4-114).

With a 50-run stand between Ravichandran Ashwin (70) and Wriddhiman Saha (35), India went into lunch at 411 for five, trailing England by 126 runs.

England just like the previous day, came with a disciplined bowling performance in the second session as a result of which Moeen Ali (2-85) had Saha caught behind.

Ravindra Jadeja (12) smashed a six down the ground but soon became Rashid's third victim after he was caught at short leg. The leg-spinner continued his wicket-taking spree and also dismissed Umesh Yadav (5). India were 459 for nine at that stage.

Cook dropped a simple chance at slip to hand Mohammad Shami (8 not out) a reprieve which allowed Ashwin to complete his half-century. India were eventually bowled out for 488, handing a 49-run first innings lead to England.

All focus was on England openers when they came on to bat but with the pitch not aiding much to the spinners and a solid technique from Hameed (62 not out) and Cook (46 not out) ensured England reached 114 without losing a wicket at stumps.

In the process, Hameed also completed his maiden half-century, stretching England's lead to 163 heading into the final day.

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