Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw tons help India U-19 win series against England
Opener Shubman Gill and No. 3 Prithvi Shaw hit centuries to guide India U-19 to a 230-run win in the fourth one-dayer against England U-19 to give the hosts a 3-1 lead in the five-game series.cricket Updated: Feb 06, 2017 18:27 IST
Shubman Gill (160) and Prithvi Shaw (105) struck centuries as India under-19 took an unassailable 3-1 lead against England Under-19 after beating them by 230 runs in the fourth and penultimate game at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
Put in to bat, India piled up 382 for nine — their second highest total in U-19 history — before bowling out the visitors for 152 in 37.4 overs.
It is India’s fifth-largest winning margin in U-19 cricket.
It was a dominant start from Gill and captain Himanshu Rana, who picked up boundaries at regular intervals as they kept the England bowlers under pressure. They stitched together 83 runs for the first wicket before Rana (33) fell in the 16th over, caught trying to clear the long-on boundary.
Gill continued the carnage with teen sensation Prithvi Shaw, who finally proved his worth after scoring nine and 12 in the first two matches of the series.
It was an exemplary knock from both batsmen as they hammered the bowlers to all corners of the park. They put on 231 for the second wicket off just 164 balls. While Shubman hit 23 boundaries and a gigantic six over long on, Shaw’s knock was laced with 12 fours and two sixes. On a pitch that hardly had anything for the bowlers, neither Shaw nor Gill looked in trouble.
Both reached their century mark in 81 balls before both perished playing big shots. Following their dismissals, Abhishek Sharma (24 off 10) and Mayank Rawat (14 off 10) tried to up the ante but the momentum was lost as India lost their last six wickets for 30 runs.
England were in deep trouble early on as they lost the openers cheaply. Shivam Mavi (2/18) trapped Harry Brook (0) in front of the wicket before uprooting Tom Banton’s (6) middle-stump with a peach of a delivery.
He was well-assisted by Kamlesh Nagarkoti from the other end. Nagarkoti sent back George Bartlett (0) and the dangerous Delray Rawlins (9) to leave the visitors reeling at 41 for four. Max Holden was then cleaned up by Rahul Chahar. A brief fightback by Ollie Pope (59) ended as Nagarkoti had him caught behind before picking up his fourth wicket (4/31) by sending back Matt Fisher (2).
Vivekanand Tiwari (3/20) then produced an inspired second spell as he removed the set Will Jacks (44) as well as Henry Brookes (1) and Arthur Godsal (0) in quick succession to clean up the English tail.
Brief Scores: India U-19 382/9 in 50 overs (S Gill 160, P Shaw 105, H Brookes 2/58); England U-19 152 in 37.4 overs (OJ Pope 59, KL Nagarkoti 4/31, V Tiwari 3/20). India won by 230 runs.