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Haseeb Hameed scored 25 from 144 balls in the 2nd Test against India AFP

After India set a massive target of 405 for England to chase, visiting side openers displayed some serious resistance and another example of blockathon. Last year, during the fourth Test against South Africa at Delhi, Proteas some similar qualities by blocking as many balls as possible to save the Test. England openers Haseeb Hameed showed immense character with the bat by facing 144 balls in the final innings. It was surely an excellent display of gritty batting by him after his side were asked to chase a huge total. Hameed along with his partner Alastair Cook made Indian bowlers earn their wickets with some superb fightback. FULL Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

India lost both their reviews in the final session thanks to ICC’s rule of umpire call. Hameed scored only 25 from 144 balls, which includes three boundaries. This made him enter into an unwanted record of having a very low batting strike-rate. Hameed’s strike-rate of 17.36 is the third lowest among the English openers scoring between 25-30 runs. The lowest strike-rate in this criteria is of Chris Smith, who scored 28 from 177 balls in a Test against Pakistan in 1984. Well, there may be other batsman too in this criteria because during the early days of Test cricket, number of balls faced by batsman was not recorded. Beside this, Hameed got immense praise from cricket fraternity for his batting and we present some interesting tweets from social zone.

After the fall of Hameed’s wicket, England lost their other opener Cook as well. At the end of Day 4’s play, England were currently placed at 87 for two with 318 more runs to win in the final day of the match.