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India U-19: First four-day game ends in a draw

Ferrario scores ton, Sijomon Joseph picks six wickets against England U-19

The first four-day game between India Under-19 and England Under-19 ended in a draw in Nagpur. While Max Holden (170) and George Bartlett (179) helped the visitors to a solid 501 for five declared in the first innings, Daryl Ferrario (117) was the only centurion in India’s reply of 431 for eight until declaring their first innings. Sijomon Joseph then claimed six for 62 to bowl England out for 167 in their second innings. Chasing 238, India were 189 for eight when the match ended.

Electing to bat first, the visiting England U-19 team, milked India U-19s in their first innings as Holden and Bartlett piled on runs. The pair put together 321 runs until Bartlett was sent back by Joseph while Ferrario accounted for the opener to leave the side on 418 for three. Delray Rawlins (70*) then took the team past the 500-run mark before they declared their innings.

India lost Rohan Kunnummal with 23 runs on the board and Saurabh Singh joined Abhishek Goswami in taking the innings forward. The second wicket partnership had taken the hosts to 120 when the opener was sent back by Liam Patterson White. India continued to keep losing wickets at regular intervals, however, Ferrario’s century helped them keep the innings on course. But, with team on 431, India declared their innings.

As England then looked to add on to the total, they were bowled out for 167. Running through the line-up, Joseph claimed six while Ferrario took two and K Seth and R Bhagat picked a wicket each.

Chasing the improbable target, India were left reeling at 48 for five by England as the top five batsmen returned for single digit scores. While S Lokeshwar strove to hold up one end, the home team continued to lose wickets. The lower middle-order bat was not out on 92 with V Panwar when play ended. 

BCCI Staff

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India Women inch closer to World Cup berth

Beat South Africa Women by 49 runs, Shikha Pandey takes career-best 4 for 34

India Women registered their fifth successive win in the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier as they beat South Africa Women by 49 runs. Post the win, India inched closer to a World Cup berth.

Captain Mithali Raj starred in the marquee clash as both teams had topped their respective groups and carried a maximum of four points from the preliminary league to the second stage.

Asked to bat first, India got off to a slow start, scoring only 14 off the first 10 overs but the complexion of the game changed once Raj came to the crease. She and opener Mona Meshram lifted the team with a fine 96-run second-wicket stand to help put up a competitive 205 for eight. Raj scored 64 off 85 balls with 10 fours and Meshram got 55 off 85 balls with five fours and two sixes.

South Africa’s reply suffered some early setbacks and it was reduced to 41 for three in the 19th. Shikha Pandey and left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, who shared the new ball, finished with four and three wickets, respectively, as South Africa folded for 156 in 46.4 overs.

“The win today definitely eases the pressure on us, especially for the last match of the Super League against Pakistan. It also gives us time to assess what all we are not doing right so that we can improve on those aspects in the coming matches,” Raj was quoted as saying. 

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