England opener Hasib Hamid, again in the combined after five long years, scored a hundred to keep his country afloat against India in the three-day warm-up. Hamid hit 14 fours on his way to 100 of 228 deliveries.
Hameed is also included in the 17-member mix of England for the first two tests against India, which should start on August 4 at Trent Bridge. The 24-year-old was nicknamed “Baby Boycs” during his teenage years because of his defensive play, resembling the English great Jeffrey Boycott.
Hameed’s last test was against India in 2016 in Mohali. The right-hander performed well during the tour, scoring 219 runs with an average of over 43 in three tests.
For India, Umesh Yadav tore three while Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Siraj and Ravindra Jadea chose one door at a time. The Indian tempo trio had an impressive start as they punished the opposition to 56/4. Hamid then added 75 runs for the fifth goal with Lyndon James (27).
Earlier in the day, India’s first inning collapsed to 311, lasting just three overs since the start of the day. Craig Miles eliminated Jasprit Bumrah and finished with figures 4/45 after KL Rahul stole the spotlight on the opening day.
The Karnataka batman scored 101 to prove a place in India’s XI game for the first test against England. While Rahul recorded a three-digit score, the all-round Ravindra Jadeja also scored 75 to help save the Indian middle line.