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  • 4:54 PM IST

    End of play on the fourth day, and we are having a riveting contest between bat, and of course, bat. Bowlers have remained luckless, batsmen continue to make merry and whoever thought the cracks will turn dangerous has been proven wrong so far. Young Hameed has impressed one and all, and Cook being 5 runs away from his 46th fifty will bolster England, who lead by 161 runs. See you tomorrow, it’s been a draining day. Let’s see which team is brave enough to earn a win, but a draw is the only result if wickets do not tumble.

  • 4:47 PM IST

    LIVE: England 110/0 in Overs 35; lead by 159 | Cook 45 (98), Hameed 59 (113): Two more overs left in the day. India are trying their best but have failed to make a breakthrough so far. England in command with their lead surging past 150.

  • 4:37 PM IST

    100 up for England without any loss. This is some strong partnership, snatching away the moral advantage from India, the touring side is slowly crawling back to the top once again.

  • 4:26 PM IST

    LIVE: England 92/0 in Overs 29; lead by 141 | Cook 37 (78), Hameed 53 (97):
    MAIDEN HALF-CENTURY FOR HASEEB HAMEED! The right-handed England opener has been leading the English charge in the second innings, and deservingly, he gets to his half-century for the first time in Test cricket. Hameed is the third youngest England batsman to score a fifty, and his entire family present at the stadium is in sheet delight.

  • 4:21 PM IST

    India have taken a DRS review against Haseeb Hameed. The batsman offered no stroke, and the ball from Ashwin turned into him sharply. Hameed survives, and India continue their desperate search of a breakthrough.

  • 4:14 PM IST

    Haseeb Hameed missed out on a half-century in the first innings, but the young lad is making the chance of scoring big on a good wicket in the second dig pretty well. He is now 2 runs away from maiden fifty.

  • 3:50 PM IST

    Not even one full Test, but big comparisons are rampant in the English circles.

  • 3:49 PM IST

    LIVE: England 70/0 in Overs 21; lead by 119 | Cook 29 (58), Hameed 40 (68): England have somewhat stunned India with their brisk opening stand, which is rapidly putting them back in the position of command. There is still more than an hour’s play left in the game, and if India are not able to snaffle a few wickets, their morale will take some battering.

  • 3:21 PM IST

    LIVE: England 52/0 in Overs 15; lead by 101 | Alastair Cook 20 (41), Haseeb Hameed 31 (49): A brisk opening has calmed the English nerves, and has reminded us once again that to expect a flurry of wickets on this pitch could be daft. Both Cook and Hameed have faced the Indian spinners really well. England’s lead is surging quickly.

  • 3:10 PM IST

    India in desperate need of a wicket. England have extended their lead pretty briskly here.

  • 3:05 PM IST

    Breaking news coming in from South Africa. Another shocker, Alviro Petersen charged with match-fixing!

  • 3:02 PM IST

    Meanwhile, a shocker on Twitter from the very talented Umar Akmal

    https://twitter.com/Umar96Akmal/status/797360166463152128

  • 2:59 PM IST

    So far so good for England. They have extended their lead to 75.

  • 2:57 PM IST
    LIVE: England 24/0 vs India, Alastair Cook 11*, Haseeb Hameed 12*: Nine coming off the last over from local lad, Jadeja. Cook started the run-scoring in this over with a couple and followed it up with a single. Hameed blasted a huge maximum off Jadeja to showcase his intentions. England will look to score and take chances on occasions. For now, they have seemed to pick Jadeja. Great stroke from the ‘young-Boycott’ to end the over.
  • 2:55 PM IST
    LIVE: England 15/0 vs India, Alastair Cook 8*, Haseeb Hameed 6*: I reckon we ae not far away from a wicket here. There are some appeals, half-chances and appish shots being played by the English openers. They look tentative and trying too hard against Ravindra Jadeja. Ravichandran Ashwin must be itching to have a go at the visitors seeing this. The first ball off the over, by Shami, created a chance as Cook pulled one to deep square-leg but the ball dropped just ahead off Cheteshwar Pujara. Seems like Pujara was slow to react as well. Lots happening here at Rajkot in this brief period of play in final session. For England, no damage yet as both openers hold their ends.
  • 2:51 PM IST
    LIVE: England 14/0 vs India, Alastair Cook 6*, Haseeb hameed 7*: India are creating half-chances but no luck so far. Careful times ahead of England. A tough day to bat on as the track has shown cracks and produced some dusts off the last over from Ravindra Jadeja.
  • 2:40 PM IST
    LIVE: England 6/0 vs India, Alastair Cook 1*, Haseeb hameed 4*: Virat Kohli has made his intentions clear by bringing in his spinners. First to fall in line is Ravindra Jadeja. This has been termed as “Jadeja-made pitch” earlier and this will be a vital time for him to prove that. Cook has shown signs of struggles as he is shuffling a bit and Jadeja is turning and zipping the ball. Nonetheless, no loss for England as one comes off the over.
  • 2:36 PM IST

    LIVE: England 5/0 vs India, Alastair Cook 0*, Haseeb hameed 4*: An enthralling session of play ahead for us. India come out to bowl with Mohammed Shami starting the proceedings. Five leaked out of the first over as Haseeb Hameed gets off the mark with a four. India have to apply pressure here and curb the run-flow. England have their nose ahead slightly with a vital 49-run lead but cracks on the turf will trouble them.

  • 2:15 PM IST

    After toiling for as many as 6 sessions, a physically, mentally and emotionally sapped England team gets some time to rest. But Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed do not, as they will have 20 minutes to consume some refreshment, have a quick shower if they want, pad up and walk out in the middle to stretch their lead. India batted longer than England, but could not get to the total of 500 runs. Stay tuned, I will be back shortly.

  • 2:12 PM IST

    OUT! Looking for a big hit, Ashwin has gifted England his wicket. Attempting a SIX, Ashwin lofted it pretty well but has been caught at deep midwicket. England awarded a 49-run lead. Let’s see if they can do anything with it. It’s time for tea.

  • 2:06 PM IST

    Let’s not make fun of England anymore. Poor tourists have been on the field since Day 2, second session; we are closing in on the end of second session, Day 4. Some punishment this. India trail by 49.

  • 2:04 PM IST

    Well, I was waiting for India to get to 159.4 overs in their innings for this tweet.

  • 2:03 PM IST

    BANG!!! SIX!!! Shami doesn’t give a dime where fielders are, sends the ball flying over the ropes between long on and deep midwicket. YOU BEAUTY. India trail by exact 50.

  • 2:00 PM IST

    Cook has men at long on, deep midwicket and deep square leg to save boundaries. Ashwin says thank you, beats the sweeper cover for his 8th boundary. Well done Ash!

  • 1:55 PM IST

    Jonny Bairstow can neither keep wickets properly against spinners nor the fast bowlers. Ashwin attempts an upper-cut, connects, and Bairstow makes a desperate jump only to find that the ball had beaten him. India trail by 62.

  • 1:52 PM IST

    England are DEAD TIRED. Ashwin gently diverts one past short third man, and the fielder gave up chasing even when the ball had slowed down near the ropes. Welcome boundary for India! England playing shit load of poor cricket here!

  • 1:48 PM IST

    And ASHWIN rubs it in! A poor delivery from the legendary Broad is directed gently to the third man for a single, which brings up his 7th Test half-century. India behind by 75 runs, every run should be cheered now.

  • 1:45 PM IST

    DROPPED! Cook spills a regulation catch to get rid of the dangerous Shami and I am having some fun!

  • 1:42 PM IST

    LIVE: India 459/8 in Overs 155.4 | Ashwin 49 (108): WICKET! Stokes is writhing in pain being forced to make a desperate dive to get rid of the dangerous Umesh Yadav from extra cover. England one wicket away from keeping their snobby noses ahead. Ashwin on 49. India behind by 78. Rashid gets his 4th wicket.

    OUT! Umesh Yadav c Ben Stokes b Adil Rashid 5 (12)

  • 1:31 PM IST

    FOUR! Umesh Yadav whacks Rashid for a boundary towards midwicket to take India to 453 for 9. India trail by 84 now.

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Virat Kohli will be expected to get a hundred © IANS

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the fourth day’s play in the first Test, between India and England. The first-ever Test at Rajkot is turning out to be a run-fest, as India have made an extremely strong reply to England’s first-innings total of 537 runs. For India, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay slammed centuries, and put up a massive 209-run stand for the second wicket which helped India end the day at for 2. Vijay was dismissed late in the day for 126; whereas India captain Virat Kohli reached 26 not out to ensure that the day belonged to India. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

Pujara and Vijay added as many as 209 runs for the second wicket. Walking out to bat in the second over of the day, the right-handed local batsman Pujara played with complete authority. There was hardly any false stroke by Pujara, who took his time to bring up his ninth century in Test cricket. Pujara began aggressively, hitting a few boundaries early on to make his intention clear. The right-handed batsman did face some troubles against some quality fast bowling from Chris Woakes — Pujara was late to respond on a few short balls and was hit on the helmet as many as three times.

Pujara scored 124 off 206 balls, and his innings was studded with 17 boundaries. After India lost Gautam Gambhir early on, Pujara provided India’s sagging confidence a boost with his impeccable footwork resulting in quick runs. Pujara’s positivity also rubbed off on the other opener Vijay, who batted throughout the third day to signal England that they will have to work extremely hard to take his wicket. While Pujara fell in the final session to Ben Stokes, Gambhir’s dismissal in the second over of the day did raise some nervousness in the Indian camp. IND vs ENG 1st Test, Day 4 Preview

It was tough to choose which of the two Indian batsmen was the best. While both Pujara and Vijay were at the top of their game, they also showed why they are so distinctive as batsmen while being one of the most successful pair. If Vijay was like a rock which England could not move, Pujara came across as someone who wanted to take the game away from England in just a few sessions.

Earlier in the match, England won the toss and elected to bat first. India were poor in the field as they dropped several catches and allowed England a few boundaries which should have been stopped. England took the opportunity of batting first and batting big by notching up a massive total of 537 on the board. As many as three English batsmen scored centuries, and the touring team registered their third highest score in India in Test cricket.

Ben Stokes top-scored with 128, which came off 235 balls. His innings was studded with 13 boundaries and 2 sixes. The second highest run-getter was their star No. 3 batsman Joe Root, who scored 124 off 180 balls with 11 boundaries and 1 six. On the other hand, Moeen Ali faced 213 balls and scored 117 with 13 boundaries to help England get to a massive total.

TEAMS:

India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn.

Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot