Thatscricket- Cricket News - Bell's ton helps England Colts take lead

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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Mumbai: England captain Ian Bell's solid 109 on Wednesday enabled his side to gain a slender lead of 24 runs with a wicket in hand over India in the first under-19 Test on the second day at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.England were 24 for no loss on the first day after removing India for 257 on a evenly balanced wicket. At close they were 281 for nine. Bell rescued his side with a face saving innings embellished with 18 fours. Bell was bowled at the total of 214 while playing no stroke to medium pacer Nitin Agarwal. The value of his knock can be judged from the fact that the second highest score was of 30 from opener Nicky Peng.For India, a disappointment was off-spinner M Dharmichand's ineffective bowling. Dharmichand had won the game for the Rest of India few days ago, but on Wednesday he took only one wicket for 75 runs off 29 overs.UNI

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