Hameed’s maiden 50 puts England in charge

first_imgRAJKOT, India (AP):Teenager Haseeb Hameed hit his maiden Test fifty yesterday as the first Test between India and England in Rajkot appeared to be heading for a draw.The 19-year-old Hameed smashed five fours and his first Test six to reach 62 not out with England at 114-0 in their second innings at stumps on day four. Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 46.England have a 163-run lead after earlier dismissing India for 488, offering the tourists a slim chance of victory if they try to score quickly today.Hameed is the third youngest English batsman to hit a Test fifty. It was the first half-century by an English teenager since Dennis Compton in 1937.”He has worked hard in the nets and is a great talent. He has a good head on his shoulders and he showed that today,” teammate Adil Rashid said. “Hopefully he can carry on tomorrow.”Ravindra Jadeja (0-33) shared the new ball with Mohammed Shami (0-12), but the ploy didn’t work. Ravichandran Ashwin (0-32) had a leg – before – wicket shout reviewed against Hameed.Earlier, helped by Rashid’s 4-114, England got a first-innings lead of 49 runs. After lunch, Moeen Ali (2-85) and Rashid took two wickets each to wrap up the Indian lower order.caught behindRashid dismissed Wriddhiman Saha, caught behind for 35 runs, and Ravindra Jadeja (12), who was caught at short leg. Saha put on 64 runs for the seventh wicket with Ashwin.This was the crucial partnership of the day, as it allowed India to eat up some time after they had saved the follow on.Ashwin completed his seventh Test half-century off 111 balls, and put on 29 runs for the 10th wicket with Shami, who was dropped by Cook off Stuart Broad (1-78).India wobbled in the morning after starting from its overnight 319-4. They lost Ajinkya Rahane (13) and Virat Kohli (40) in the space of 17 balls.Rahane was bowled off Zafar Ansari (2-77), while Kohli stepped on to his stumps pulling Rashid, and was out hit wicket.last_img read more

Panionios stuns Olympiakos to cut further the distance from the top

first_imgCould rank outsider Panionios dispute Olympiakos’s supremacy in the Super League? On Sunday it proved it can, as it defeated the champion 1-0 in Piraeus to cut the distance from the top to seven points with eight games left to play.The Nea Smyrni club won in Piraeus for the first time in 36 years courtesy of a goal by Giorgos Massouras – just 49 seconds into the game – that the hosts were unable to respond to. Olympiakos dominated the game, hit the woodwork twice, but eventually Panionios has not just opened its gap from the third place to four points, it has also come closer than expected to the top.Olympiakos’s players and especially manager Paulo Bento were booed off the Karaiskakis pitch. This was the second straight league loss for the champion.In fact the next few weeks will be particularly tough for the Reds as they will have to carve out a result at Peristeri when they visit Atromitos for the Greek Cup quarterfinals on Thursday after a goalless first leg in Piraeus, then it is PAOK at Toumba for the league and Besiktas at home for the Europa League, Atromitos at home for the league, Besiktas away and the derby of Eternal Rivals against Panathinaikos away, all within 17 days…Iraklis held PAOK to a 1-1 draw at the Thessaloniki derby that saw Aleksandar Prijovic give PAOK the lead on the 19th minute and youngster Michalis Bastakos earn the Blues a precious point, though they have returned to the relegation zone. Still PAOK is now 11 points off the pace, one less than last weekend.A spectacular swerving shot outside the area by Thodoris Vassilakakis gave Xanthi a 1-0 home win over Panathinaikos on Saturday to complete the Thracians’ double over the Greens this year, after the 2-1 win in Athens that was also decided by a Vassilakakis volley.AEK was superior to Larissa and won 3-0 in Athens on Sunday via goals by Tomas Pekhart, Dmitro Chygrynskiy and Hugo Almeida to stay joint fifth along with Xanthi, two points behind fourth Panathinaikos. Teams to finish from the second to the fifth spot enter the play-offs at the end of the regular season.Levadiakos came from behind to score a vital home win over PAS Giannina (2-1) and climb out of the drop zone.In other games on Saturday Kerkyra shared a goalless draw with Panetolikos and Platanias consolidated its seventh position downing Asteras Tripolis 3-0 at Hania.On Monday Veria meets Atromitos.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more