Thatscricket- Cricket News - Indian colts beat England by 3 wkts in low-scoring match

Published: Friday, February 2, 2001, 23:45 [IST]
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Hyderabad: In a low-scoring match on a perfect batting track, hosts India posted a three-wicket victory over England and won their first under-19 One-dayer on Friday. At the Lal Bahadur Stadium here, the Indian colts, who were set to chase a modest total of 128 in 50 overs, romped home in the first ball of the 27th over, but had lost seven wickets by then some of the batsmen tended to go for reckless shots. Opener Gautam Ghambhir (18) and Vinayak Mane (12) put in 26 runs for the first wicket, the fall of which led to dismissal of seven batsmen in regular intervals. Skipper Ajay Ratra remained unbeaten with 22 runs with four boundaries.England's medium-pacer Chris Tremlett picked up three wickets, giving away 31 runs, while the gangling quickie Andrew McGarry took two.India now lead 1-0 in the three-match One-day series. The second match will be played at Vijayawada on Feb 4. Earlier, English skipper Ian Bell won the toss and opted to bat going by the placid nature of the pitch. But his batsmen failed to flourish, succumbed to careless strokes, and the visitors were bundled out for just 127 runs in 46 overs. Medium-pacer Nitin Agarwal gave his team the first beak through when he clean bowled opener John Sadler for one run. The second wicket saw a 56-run stand between Nick Peng (28) and Bell (27).Wickets then began falling frequently. Barring middle-order batsman Robert Ferley (27) other batsmen who came later got out cheaply. Indian spinner Vidyuth Shivaramakrishnan and local lad N Arjun Yadav picked up three wickets each. UNI

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