Thatscricket - News - Gambhir, Mane aid India Colts fight back

Published: Monday, January 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: Following on after conceding a 168-run first innings lead to England, India made a brilliant comeback into the game scoring 241 without loss in the second innings, at stumps on the third day of the second under -19 cricket Test match at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here on Monday.The India Colts' turn around in the game, was due to brilliant unbeaten knocks of 121 by left-hander Gautam Gambhir and 115 by Vinayak Mane, who virtually tore the English medium pace attack apart playing some scintillating strokes all round the wicket.In the 187-minute stay together so far at the wicket, Gautam, who reached his century off 141 balls hit a six and 17 fours, while Vinayak, who dominated the bowling initially, reached his century off 144 balls with the help of two sixes and 13 fours. However, both Gautam and Vinayak enjoyed a life each. Earlier, resuming their first innings at the overnight score of 122 for 4, the Indian boys put up a pathetic display collapsing at 231, 28 minutes after lunch, in reply to England Colts' first innings score of 399. After losing the overnight pair of Ishan Ganda (67, 192 minutes,8 fours) and Kashinath Khadkikar (30, 112 minutes, 3 fours), the Indian colts failed to meet the target of 250 to avoid the follow on by 19 runs.The English Colts broke through with hostile spells of medium pace bowling by Andrew McGarry (four for 44), left-armer Ian Bishop (one for 52), Chris Tremlett (two for 31) and Ian Pattison (two for 37). UNI

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