India v England, 2nd U-19 Test, Kolkata, 3rd day January 29, 2005

Young England facing yet another big loss

Cricinfo staff

England Under-19 147 (Denly 56, Chawla 4-37) and 140 for 6 (Davies 66) trail India Under-19 410 for 8 dec (Fazal 94, Rayudu 86, Jain 54) by 123 runs

India's Under-19 team set themselves up in a great position to clinch their three-Test series against England. At the end of the fourth day England Under-19 were 140 for 6, still 123 runs from making India bat a second time.

The day began with India on 337 for 7, and they managed to push the score on to 410 before declaring with two wickets in hand. Aditya Jain made a run-a-ball 54, and Gaurav Dhiman chipped in with 41. This left England, who had only totalled 147 in their first innings, 263 runs behind.

England began badly, losing two wickets with just 17 runs on the board. Then Steven Davies, the captain and wicketkeeper from Worcestershire, kept the bowlers at bay with 66 from No. 4. He consumed 158 balls and stayed at the wicket for almost three and a half hours. But when he was out, caught behind by Pinal Shah off Harvinder Singh, England slumped again. At the end of the day they were 140 for 6, faced with the unlikely task of batting out the entire day to stave off defeat.