Srikkanth and Rawat hurry India to series victory
India Under-19 178 for 0 (Srikkanth 88*, Rawat 76*) beat England Under-19 174 for 9 (Denly 80) by 10 wickets, and lead the five-match series 3-1
India Under-19 hammered England by ten wickets at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to take a winning 3-1 lead in their five-match series. After winning the toss and putting England in, India picked up wickets at regular intervals, with only Joe Denly, the right-handed opener from Kent, defying the bowlers with 80. Denly faced 150 balls and collected seven fours, but sorely lacked support, with the next-best score being Michael O'Shea's 31. England managed only 174 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Anirudh Srikkanth, the son of the former Test opener and captain Kris, and Ankit Rawat made life miserable for England's bowlers. They relished the prospect of chasing a moderate total, and did so with an unbeaten opening stand of 178. Rawat, who scored 76 not out from 103 balls with 14 fours, was the slower of the two - Srikkanth belted 88 from only 74 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes, as India romped home with 21 overs to spare. England's bemused captain Steven Davies tried eight bowlers, but none of them managed a wicket.