England U-19s v India U-19s, 2nd Test, Taunton, 1st day August 1, 2006

Chopra strikes powerful century

Cricinfo staff

England Under-19 279 for 6 (Chopra 123, Rashid 59*, Nadeem 3-55) v India Under-19

Varun Chopra led from the front for England Under-19s, but the Indians kept them in check on the opening day of the second Test at Taunton. England's middle order failed to build on Chopra's effort but a combative half-century from Adil Rashid meant the position wasn't completely wasted. Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner, was the pick of the Indian attack with three wickets.

England were handed a fine start by Chopra and Billy Godleman as the pair added 121 until Nadeem broke through by bowling Godleman. Rory Hamilton-Brown didn't last long before he was run out then Michael O'Shea was trapped lbw first ball. England had fallen from 121 for 1 to 159 for 3 and things got worse when Adam Lyth - the hero of their first Test fightback - became Nadeem's third wicket.

Chopra's century arrived from 140 balls and it was becoming vital for him to stay at the crease and guide the innings forward. However, after striking 20 fours in a 206-ball innings he was bowled by Abu Ahmed and India held the advantage with England tottering on 199 for 5.

But Rashid - who is making a name for himself with his legspin - is no mean batsmen, either, and knuckled down to resurrect the innings. He found a strong partner in Mark Nelson as they added 60 for the sixth wicket before Nelson trod on his own stumps. Rashid remained firm until the close and will have the task of carrying England beyond 300 on the second day.