Anukul Roy, the left-arm spinner, took four wickets for the second consecutive game before Himanshu Rana smashed a brilliant 74 to lead India Under-19 to an emphatic eight-wicket win over England Under-19 in the second Youth One-Day International in Canterbury on Wednesday (August 9). The victory also ensured India a 2-0 lead over the home side with three matches left in the series.
Opting to bat first, five of the top six England batsmen got off to a decent start but none of them went on to convert them to big scores. Just like in the opening match of the series in Cardiff, England’s batsmen once again had a difficult time against the Indian spinners, who claimed nine wickets in total to dismiss them for 175 in 44.4 overs, with a run-out being an only exception. In reply, Rana, the opener from Haryana, along with Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill made short work of the total and chased it down in 33.2 overs.
England’s top-three – Liam Trevaskis (35), Liam Banks (23) and Harry Brook (21) – got their side off to good start. Commanding the proceedings at 80 for 1 by the end of 15 overs, England looked all set to post a big score on the board but Roy, the Jharkhand spinner, knocked over Trevaskis in his very first over to give India an opening.
Roy then removed Brooks, Will Jacks (21) and Tom Banton (10) in quick succession to reduce England to 119 for 5. Roy, 18, finished with the figures of 4 for 27, to become the fifth Indian player after Yuvraj Singh, Yo Mahesh, Sandeep Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav to take four-fors in consecutive Youth ODIs.
Abhishek Sharma (2 for 35), the left-arm spinner, and Rahul Chahar (3 for 26), the legspinner, then took over to wrap up England with more than five overs to go. Tom Lammonby, the left-hander, put up a fight with his unbeaten 30 but soon ran out of partners.
Chasing a small total, Shaw, the skipper, and Rana helped India to get off to a breezy start. The two scored boundaries at regular intervals and didn’t allow any of the English bowlers to settle in.
Shaw smacked seven boundaries en route to his 51-ball 48 before falling to Will Jacks with the team score on 110. Rana though kept the flow going and found a new ally in the form of Shubman Gill (38*), the Punjab batsman. The two added 61 runs for the second wicket and took India closer to the total.
However, Rana fell four short of the England’s total but Gill sealed the match for Indian with a boundary off Ben Allison’s delivery. India finished at 177 for 2, and registered their eighth consecutive win in Youth ODIs in England.
Brief scores: England U-19 175 all out in 44.4 overs (Liam Trevaskis 35, Tom Lammonby 30 n.o.; Anukul Roy 4-27, Rahul Chahar 3-26, Abhishek Sharma 2-35) lost to India U-19 177/2 in 33.2 overs (Prithvi Shaw 48, Himanshu Rana 74, Shubman Gill 38 n.o.) by eight wickets.