February 6, 2001

India U19s win on Ratra's blitz and Vidyut's spin

India Under-19s beat the visiting England Under-19s by 28 runs in the third and final One-Dayer at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad on Tuesday. India colts took the series 2-1.

England colts were set a target of 278 to win in 47 overs. They were penalised three overs for slow over rate on a hot day in Hyderabad. The loss of three overs seemed to have worked against the English cause. They kept losing wickets, trying to keep the score board moving.

Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan destroyed the English top order with figures of 10-0-50-4. Nicky Peng (4), Gary Pratt (71 off 77 balls), Ian Bell (51 off 72 balls) and Mark Wallace (16) were Vidyut's victims.

Pratt and Bell gave the English chase the momentum by adding 94 runs for the second wicket in 19 overs. Pratt and Bell played with ease on a pitch that has produced runs in plenty. Both of them were caught by Alind Naidu off the bowling of Vidyut. Pratt struck a huge six and seven fours in his stay at the crease. Bell lofted a six and struck three fours in his knock and got out trying play a lofted on drive.

Gordon Muchall tried his very best with a quickfire 42 off 34 balls. He drove one straight into the hands of Mane in the covers off the bowling of Amit Mishra.

Kadeer Ali (15), Robert Ferley (1) and Justin Bishop (4) were all run out, going for the quick single. The efforts of Pattison (15) and Tremlett (11) were not simply good enough to stop the inevitable, as England colts were all out for 249 in 45.2 overs.

Earlier, India Under-19s elected to bat and got off to a cautious start. Vinayak Mane and Gautam Gambhir put together 55 runs for the first wicket in 12.3 overs.

Tremlett sent back Mane (24), Arindam Das (33) and Manvinder Bisla (17). Arjun Yadav was run out for three and Alind Naidu was trapped lbw by Ferley.

Gambhir who made 81 off 97 balls with eight boundaries, was the main stay of the Indian innings. Vidyut (17) fell to Malik and Mishra was run out for none off the following ball to leave India in deep trouble on 217/8 after 45 overs.

Ratra (45 off 40 balls) and Sidarth Trivedi (37* off 19 balls, 5 fours) blasted 60 runs in the last five overs to bulge the Indian total. Captain Ratra's innings was the highlight of the day, as he toyed with the bowling, playing some breathtaking strokes.

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