England U-19 v India U-19, Shenley, 4th day August 9, 2006

Spinners seal series for India

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India Under-19 414 and 293 for 7 dec beat England Under-19 261 and 197 (O'Shea 56, Nadeem 5-41) by 249 runs
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India Under-19 clinched the Test series against England Under-19 after a fine performance from their spinners on the final day at Shenley. England had to bat throughout the day to save the match, but couldn't quite pull it off despite Michael O'Shea's 56. Shahbaz Nadeem was the main star for India with a five-wicket haul.

England slumped during the morning session as Nadeem added to his overnight wicket of Varun Chopra by removing Billy Godleman and Greg Wood. He also dispatched Adil Rashid 12 and at 107 for 5, India could sense their victory.

However, they were held up by a fighting partnership between O'Shea and Adam Lyth - who helped to save the first Test with an impressive century - as the sixth-wicket pair knuckled down against the spinners. Karan Singh, an 18-year-old legspinner, made the breakthrough when he dislodged Lyth and England's lower order struggled to keep out the bowling.

Nadeem was a constant threat and went at barely one-an-over through his 35 overs as the England batsmen tried to hold out. Andrew Miller blocked out 54 balls for an unbeaten six but Singh wrapped up the match with the wickets of O'Shea and Steven Finn in the same over. The telling factor was the quality of India's bowling and the failure of the England batsmen to build on their starts in this decisive match.