Hameed makes solid start on England debut

[First published on LCCC’s website]

Lancashire’s teenage opening batsmen, Haseeb Hameed, made 31 runs on debut in the first innings against an Indian team ranked top in Test Match cricket.

In addition, a century from Joe Root and 99 not out from Moeen Ali got England to a total of 311 for the loss of four wickets at the close on day one in Rajkot.

Not long after Lancashire legend Michael Atherton presented him with his first England cap, Hameed was strapping on the pads as England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat.

The 19-year-old struck six fours in his 31, which came from 82 deliveries.

A confident push to cover point earned Hameed his first run in Test cricket, and his first boundary came just two balls later from an uppercut over the slips for four.

The Lancastrian got a lifeline on 13 after being dropped by Vijay at first slip off the bowling of Yadav in the fifth over.

This was one of three drop catches, the others granting Hameed’s opening partner Alastair Cook a couple ounces of luck. After a maiden bowled by Ashwin, Hameed soon got scoring against spin, striking Jadeja for four through the covers in his first over.

Jadeja’s third over brought the wicket of Cook, judged to be out lbw after shuffling across his stumps, however DRS later revealed that the decision should have been reviewed as the ball was missing leg.

Ashwin beat Hameed’s outside edge on several occasions, the off-spinner using an angle across the right-hander by bowling around the wicket.

Hameed was out lbw on 31 after playing inside the line of a non-turning ball from Ashwin and being struck on the back pad.

 

He reviewed the decision but to no avail, the ball pitching on middle, hitting in line and going on to hit off-stump.

The teenage debutant departed from the crease with England on 72 runs for the loss of two wickets.

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