Saurabh Singh’s century and fifties from Daryl Ferrario and Siddharth Akre helped India U-19 take a 13-run lead against England colts in the second Youth Test at Jamtha in Nagpur.
Resuming at their overnight score of 153/3, the hosts lost an early wicket to get reduced to 166/4. But, Saurabh added 97 for the fifth wicket with Ferrario and then 74 runs for the sixth wicket with Akre to take the team within striking distance of the visitors’ first innings total of 375.
However, India lost three quick wickets. First Saurabh Singh fell to Euan Woods and then Akre followed just after the hosts had crossed the 350-run mark. Suresh Lokeshwar was then dismissed to leave India at 363/8.
While the first innings lead would only be of academic interest as there is only one day left, Anukul Roy and Rishab Bhagat ensured the hosts walked away with bragging rights, taking a 13-run lead before declaring.
In reply, England were 34/2 having lost both the openers to spinners Ferrario and Harsh Tyagi.
Unless England fold badly and India get a chance to knock off quick runs, the match is meandering towards a draw.