England U-19 v India U-19, Shenley, 3rd day August 8, 2006

Aggressive India set England daunting total

Cricinfo staff

England Under-19s 261 and 34 for 1 (Godleman 2*, Wood 2*) require a further 413 runs to beat India Under-19s 414 and 293 for 7 dec (Sharma 99)

England Under-19s have been set an unlikely 447 for victory in the third Test against India Under-19s at Shenley. India's batsmen rollicked along at nearly four runs-per-over in their second innings with Sumit Sharma falling one short of a deserved hundred, as the visitors continued their vice-like grip over England.

Indeed England's batsmen showed little capacity for a fight this morning as they capitulated from their overnight score of 212 for 6 to 261 all out. Only Rory Hamilton-Brown showed the required application with an unbeaten 81 as the medium pacer, Abu Nechim, wrapped up the innings with 4 for 59.

India soon lost their openers in reply, but their middle-order steadied proceedings with Sharma finding good support from Virat Kohli (46) and Parvez Aziz who played aggressively for his 65. Declaring on 293 for 7 this left England the mountainous total of 447 to chase down, and they started disastrously, losing Varun Chopra for 28 minutes before the close. With one day left, their backs are against the wall.