South Africa U-19 v India-U-19, 2nd Test, Chatsworth January 19, 2008

India U-19 take series after damp draw

Cricinfo staff

India Under-19s 205 (Pandey 47, Tiwary 41, Parnell 5-43) drew with South Africa Under-19 262 for 9d (Vandiar 119*)

India Under-19 claimed their Test series against South Africa after the second match ended in a rain-affected draw in Chatsworth. The entire second day was washed out, removing the possibility of a result after the home side had staged an impressive fightback in their first innings.

South Africa were put into bat and slumped to 137 for 8 as Mohammad Arif and captain Virat Kohli impressed with the ball. However, home side skipper Johnathan Vandiar produced a sparkling century to haul his team out of trouble.

He added 95 for the ninth wicket with Bradley Barnes (40) and brought up his hundred off 187 balls shortly before the end of the opening day.

Rain also removed half of the final day, before India, playing out the remaining time with no prospect of a result, were bowled out for 205. Left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell, who finished with figures of 5 for 43, all but booked his place in South Africa's squad for the Under-19 World Cup.

Earlier, Shreevats Goswami stabilised the innings with a patient 39 after Parnell had removed the openers with 11 on the board. Manish Pandey, with an aggressive 64-ball 47 which included seven fours and two sixes, and Saurav Tiwary (41), also obtained valuable batting practice by adding 60 runs for the fifth wicket.

Both teams will now start to focus on the Under-19 World Cup which gets under way in Malaysia next month.