India v England, 1st Youth Test, Nagpur February 16, 2017

Lokeshwar hangs on with tail as India salvage draw

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India Under-19s 431 for 8 dec (Ferrario 117, Goswami 66) and 189 for 8 (Lokeshwar 92*, Brookes 3-56) drew with England Under-19s 501 for 5 dec (Bartlett 179, Holden 170) and 167 (Bartlett 68, Joseph 6-62)

File photo - Max Holden's 170 led England to a big total in the first innings © Getty Images

An unbeaten 92 from wicketkeeper-batsman Suresh Lokeshwar helped India hang on to a draw against England in the first Youth Test of the two-match series.

India were set 238 to win on the final day, and found themselves four down at the start of the sixth over. Subsequently, they were reduced to 61 for 6. Seamers Henry Brookes (3-56) and Aaron Beard (2-24) took the first five of those, before Arthur Godsal removed first-innings centurion Daryl Ferrario for 37. This left Lokeshwar about 34 overs to survive in the lower order's company. He did so with a partnership of 39 for the seventh wicket with Sijomon Joseph that took 13.1 overs, followed by more attacking stands of 61 at 4.11 with Kanishk Seth and an unbroken 28 at 4.54 with Vineet Panwar. Lokeshwar hit 14 fours during his knock and struck at 73.60, but India's early breakthroughs meant 189 for 8 was as far as they could get in the chase.

The chase itself was set up with a six-wicket haul by offspinner Joseph, who inflicted a collapse on England that saw them fall from 151 for 4 to 167 all out on the final day. Right-handed batsman George Bartlett didn't get to bat with Max Holden in the second innings, with whom he had put on a record 321 runs in the first innings, but was involved in England's biggest partnership in the second innings too, putting on 73 for the fifth wicket with Ollie Pope (26) after the visitors were reduced to 78 for 4. He fell to Joseph for 68 and Pope followed shortly after, falling to Ferrario (2-17) and opening up an England collapse that spanned 11 overs.

The second innings for both teams were in stark contrast to the first, where runs were more easily had. England skipper Holden had won the toss, chosen to bat, and gone on to score 170 after his record partnership for the second wicket ended with Bartlett's stumping off Joseph for 179. Allrounder Delray Rawlins then scored an unbeaten 70 off 94 balls to lift England to 501 for 5. In response, India declared on 431 for 8, with sixties from Abhishek Goswami (66), Saurabh Singh (62) and Joseph (62*) complementing Ferrario's 117.

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  • baghels.a on February 16, 2017, 19:58 GMT

    Wow match turned to be a cracker in the end England performed unexpectedly well while conversely India especially the batting was a letdown , even if one of the Indian top order had played a decent hand India would have pulled off the chase . Playing 3rd seamer in Panwar and not playing either Left arm spinner Harsh Tyagi or an extra batter was a mistake . so much was expected out of Captain Jonty Sidhu but he disappointed majorly , Ferrario,Joseph,Lokeshwar have emerged with credit hoping for a better show from Indian boys in 2nd Test .

  • fidlerrralbert on February 16, 2017, 16:53 GMT

    Wish the report had more info. Basically everything above we can tell from the scorecard anyway - e.g. I'd like to know more about Popes stumping off Brookes (a fast bowler) and a bit about the impressive amount of sixes hit.

  • dezzydezdezer on February 16, 2017, 16:20 GMT

    Sixes hit by England - 12. Sixes hit by India - 0.

  • paramnp9 on February 16, 2017, 15:26 GMT

    I am pleasantly surprised by the wealth of bowling talent in Kerala team, in the junior ranks. Fabid Ahmed and Akshay Chandran have played Ranji level and have even Ranji tons apart from coming up with useful bowling displays. Akshay is a good all rounder and Sijomon is an impressive off spinner. Ferrario is an explosive all rounder, who should play soon in a higher level. Monish is an established Ranji player. In pace, there are three impressive bowlers in Sandeep Warrier, Basil Thampi and Athif Bin Ashraf. Vinod and Fanoos are two other seamers. They can easily fill two first class teams. And, most of then can bat well!

  • paramnp9 on February 16, 2017, 15:19 GMT

    Good performance from Sijomon, who has taken plenty of wickets in the U19 matches during the season. He is the go to man on bowling for Kerala U19 team. His batting is also a big plus. Apart from him, Ferrario batted well and he is also a handy spinner. Seth picked wickets and Lokeswar is another player in the line up of promising keeper batsmen. England pushed hard and the draw was an equitable decision in the end.

  • InsideHedge on February 16, 2017, 15:06 GMT

    What looked like a boring draw on a typical Nagpur wicket turned out to have an exciting finish. A good game, all said and done, both teams will be pleased.

    Good to see a quick report too. After the 1st day's report - albeit approx 24 hrs after the day ended - there was none for the 2nd day whatsoever. I hope to see something better for the 2nd game where we get timely reports - doesn't have to be as quick as a senior game but it helps if we're reading it that evening itself! - and one for each day of the game, not "I think I'll give it a rest today" attitude.

  • cricfan80772313 on February 16, 2017, 15:04 GMT

    good going by our india under 19 team,s.lokeshwar,joseph and ferario these three had played really well in this match.hope tv channels shows this kind of matches live.

  • Harshtmm on February 16, 2017, 14:26 GMT

    how come none of the people from India U 19's ODI are in the test team? whats going on??

  • SRIRAM_Gangulian on February 16, 2017, 13:59 GMT

    Watch out for Sijomon Joseph who chipped in with a half century in the first innings, then got a 6-for and then was a part of that invaluable stand which lasted for 13.1 over with Lokeshwar.

  • MRKa on February 16, 2017, 13:38 GMT

    This youth test remind me England collapse in 3rd T20. Both team fought very well to keep the test alive until last over.

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