England Under-19s 212 for 6 (Lyth 45, Hamilton-Brown 53*) trail India Under-19s 414 (Srivastava 187, Khadiwale 71, Singh 46, Finn 4-97) v
India Under-19s continued to dominate this match, pushing their first-innings total to 414 before reducing England to 212 for 6 on the second day at Shenley. Rory Hamilton-Brown offered some fight for the home side and he was unbeaten on 53 at the close, but England still have much work to do to turn this match around.
As play got underway, the Indians added 56 to their overnight score of 358 for 7 for the loss of just two wickets. This signalled the end of their innings as Bodapati Sumanth was unable to take to the crease; he was absent hurt.
Mark Nelson removed the No 10 Abu Nechim Ahmed and then Steven Finn took the vital wicket of the captain and topscorer Tanmay Srivastava to end with 4 for 97 and bring the innings to a close. Srivastava finally fell for a glorious 182 after a 299-ball vigil, carved out over six-and-a-half hours. He has left his team handily placed.
England's innings got off to the most woeful of starts, their openers Varun Chopra and Billy Godleman both falling for ducks. Ahmed accounted for Chopra, bowling him, and then the tall Ishant Sharma grabbed the first of two wickets, dismissing Godleman lbw.
Adam Lyth set about rebuilding for England, but he fell five short of his fifty, before Hamilton-Brown added some glue and some respectability to the total. He put on 76 for the sixth wicket with Michael O'Shea The Yorkshire wonderboy Adil Rashid couldn't do much today; he made just 15 before falling to Shahbaz Nadeem.
Yet again England have much to do when play resumes, while India will be confident of killing off the tail and taking the series which, after two matches, is locked in stalemate.