Indian colts clinch ODI series against England

Published: Friday, February 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Jamshedpur:Indian colts registered an emphatic win of an innings and 137 runs over England under-19 team on the penultimate day of the third and final Test match to sweep the series 3-0 in Jamshedpur on Friday.

England colts, who scored 258 in the first innings in reply to India's 472/4 declared, were bundled out for a meagre 77 off 31.3 overs in their second essay after they were forced to follow-on at the Keenan Stadium.

Maintaining a superb line and length, S Nadeem destroyed the visitors with his left arm spin to return with a rich haul of 6/23 in just 12.3 overs. Nadeem also scalped four wickets for 108 runs in the first innings.

This is the second innings defeat for the visitors. In the second test at Kolkata, they were beaten by an innings and 106 runs after losing the first one at Bangalore by 106 runs.

Conceding 214 runs first innings lead, England started on a disastrous note in their second innings losing four quick wickets with just 28 runs on the board at lunch.

The England boys could never recover from the shock and lsot wickets at regular intervals. Their last five batsmen returned within just 17 runs.

Middle-order batsman Moeen Ali (19, 4X2) was the highest contributor for the visitors in the second innings. Three of their batsmen failed to open their account.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 189/4, England middle-order willower Ben Harmison, who was batting at 40, and Steven Mullaney, who was on 4 overnight, played a responsible knock before being separated by right-arm leg spinner Manoj Tiwari.

Harmison, who negotiated the Indian attack with ease, saw his innings come an end when he stepped out to Tiwari but missed the line and the agile wicket-keeper R.Keni took the bails off in a flash.

Harmison, in his 149-minute stay at the crease faced 142 deliveries to strike a brilliant 65 which incuded seven hits to the fence.

After Harmision's departure, Mullaney (29 not out) took up the charge but ran out of company as England lost the remianing five wickets for 34 runs before lunch break with the first innings total of 258.

England were forced to follow-on after it conceded 214 runs first innigs lead but were all out for 77 failing to put up minimum resistance against the spin of Nadeem.

Indian skipper Ambatti Rayudu's decision to introduce spinner in the sixth over paid dividend as off-spinner P Chawla struck in his second over to have Joseph Denly leg before for 11.

Chawla, who scalped three wickets in the first innings, bagged 2/20 in the second knock.

Brief score:

India U-19 : 472/4 declared

England U-19 : 258 (J Denly 81, Harmison 65; Nadeem 4/108, Chawla 3/59) and 77 (Ali 19; Nadeem 6/23).

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