PHOTOS: England take upper hand over India on Day 4 of Rajkot Test

Cook was unbeaten on 46 off 107 balls and debutant opener Hameed struck his maiden half-century on debut.

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Rajkot, Nov 13: The Indian spin troika's inability to get breakthroughs on a good batting track was exposed once again as the first Test against England meandered towards a draw after a solid century stand by the visiting team's openers here on the penultimate day on Saturday (Nov 12).

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After India were all out for 488 in their first innings, thereby conceding a first innings lead of 49 runs, England openers Alastair Cook (46 batting) and teenager Haseeb Hameed (62 batting) added 114 runs in 37 overs to take the lead to 163 runs.

Cook was unbeaten on 46 off 107 balls and debutant opener Hameed struck his maiden half-century on debut.

The 115-ball innings had five boundaries and a six. With the pitch showing just the usual signs of wear and tear, draw looks the most obvious result, unless England make a challenging declaration and press for a victory on Sunday.

Here are the images from Day 4:

Abdul Rashid pick of the English bowlers

England bowler Adil Rashid bowls during the fourth day of the first test cricket match against India in Rajkot on Saturday.

Virat Kohli out in a bizarre way

Indian captain Virat Kohli getting out hit wicket during the fourth day of the first test cricket match against England in Rajkot on Saturday.

Adil Rashid celebrates wicket of Virat Kohli

Adil Rashid celebrates the wicket of Indian batsman Virat Kohli during the fourth day of the first test cricket match against England in Rajkot on Saturday.

Ajinkya Rahane gets clean bowled

Ajinkya Rahane looks on after being clean bowled during the fourth day of the first test cricket match against England in Rajkot on Saturday.

R Ashwin hits another fifty

R Ashwin celebrates after completing his half-century on the fourth day of the first Test match against England in Rajkot.

Haseeb Hamid hits maiden fifty on debut match

Haseeb Hamid celebrates his half century during the first test cricket match against India in Rajkot on Saturday.

Alastair Cook gives England a solid start

Alistair Cook plays a shot on the fourth day of the first Test match against India in Rajkot.

Alastair Cook plays a shot

Alastair Cook plays a shot on the fourth day of the first test cricket match against India in Rajkot on Saturday.

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