The last ODI of the first match series between India Under-19 and England Under-19 ended as a draw. In the thrilling match, the fight of win or loss came to the final ball from Liam Patterson-White to batsman Ishan Porel, the 10th down the line. Porel beat it to the short cover only to be caught, ending the match as a tie. In the last over, the home team required six runs. It went out of hand when Heramb Parab had to play two dot balls. However, he smashed a boundary to equal the runs. In the next two deliveries, the team had a single leaving the other for a dot. By the pre-ultimate ball, India equaled England’s tally, leaving the last ball for the last run.
Had Porel completed the run for the second leg bye in the pre-ultimate over, the match could lead to other result. England defended 226 by choosing good length to bowl leaving aside the short balls that came out as the mistake in their previous campaign. Fast bowler Henry Brookes had 3 wickets for 30 runs. India batsman lost it from the beginning of the inning, when Priyam Garg, the opener was caught in the first over. Chasing a decent target, the host slipped to 54 for 4 within a short span. The top and the middle order rattled without much contribution. Much of the runs came from the lower order.
However, middle order batsman, S Radhakrishnan scored 65 to steer the chase, while the others failed to guard their wickets. He was dismissed in the 33rd over hauling the chase to 137 for 7. There was little hope for India at this point, but Ayush Jamwal and Yash Thakur salvaged the team with their partnership of 65 runs. Earlier in the match, England too met a similar fate on the hands of India’s seamers. The top batting line up faced an early wobble being reduced to 64 for 3 in the 17th over. A good inning was from George Bartlett and Ollie Pope, who made it out to the decent challenge.
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