Thatscricket- Cricket News - U-19: Skipper Ratra's ton helps India gain lead
Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2001, 1:00 [IST]
Hyderabad: A skipper's knock of 141 runs by Ajay Ratra and his 71 runs stand with Vidhyut Shivramakrishnan (38) for the eighth wicket helped India to score a massive 492 in their first innings and gaining a lead of 176 against England on the penultimate day of the four day under-19 Test match played at the Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Monday.England conceding a first innings 176 runs were 58 for no loss in their second innings. Opener John Sadler (17) and Nick Peng (37) were at the crease at the draw of stumps. India resuming from their overnight score of 220 for three added 272 runs losing seven wickets. The hero of the day was Indian skipper Ajay Ratra who scored his first century of the series with a fine knock of 141 runs, which was studded with 16 fours coming from 169 balls. From the visitors' side, it was the gangling medium pacer Justin Bishop who scalped five wickets giving away 64 while off spinner Robert Furley captured three wickets for 139.The overnight centurion Vinayak Mane was run out for a well made 135, which was laced with 18 boundaries and two sixes. Indian tailed wagged from the blades of the old block Vidyuth Shivramakrishanan, son of former Hyderabad off spinner V Ramnarayan and number ten batsman Dharmi Chand who scored 33, which had five fours while Vidyuth knock contained four fours and a six.The match is heading for a draw and India are sure of winning the series as they won the first Test match in Mumbai.