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Abid Nabi steals the show

By Our Sports Reporter

BANGALORE, JAN. 22. Seamer Abid Nabi shone bright on a day when bowlers held sway here at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Nabi's haul (five for 26) helped India Under-19 hold the aces against England Under-19 in the first Test in progress here on Saturday. India Under-19 after scoring 334, bundled out the visitor for 112 and at the second day's close, the host scored 51 for one in its second innings to extend the overall lead to 273.

The Indian colts dominated the day though the lone blemish was their failure to add substantial runs to the overnight first innings score of 311 for six. However the 334 on board proved adequate for A.T. Rayudu's boys as the England batsmen with a contrasting mix of excessive defence in the beginning and needless aggression later in the innings, ruined their scorebook.

Openers Michael O'Shea and Joseph Denley (59, 154b, 9x4, 1x6) scored 37 in 21.3 overs as the duo remained circumspect. Nabi, the seamer from Jammu and Kashmir, however nailed Michael who shuffled too far across. An ecstatic Nabi ran in hard and soon castled William Gifford and with skipper Steve Davies failing to read Manoj Tiwari's leg-break, the host was well and truly on top.

The lower order then buckled under with hasty shots and with Nabi scalping three wickets with deliveries that homed in towards the stumps in a single over, the England Under-19 team was staring at the possibility of a follow-on. The visitor may have fell well short of 185 — the total required to avoid a follow-on — but the Indian colts decided to bat again and at close Rayudu's free flowing drives ensured that the host signed off a perfect day with style.

The scores:

India Under-19 — 1st innings: Robin Uthappa c & b Miller 59, Shikar Dhawan st. Davies b Lawson 69, Fayaz Fazal (run out) 10, A.T. Rayudu c Miller b Stokes 68, Mayank Tehlan lbw b Smith 22, Manoj Tiwari c Davies b Miller 42, Pinal Shah lbw b Smith 22, Harvinder Singh b Miller 18, Avinash Yadav (not out) 0, Abid Nabi c Michael O'Shea b Miller 5, Hardevinder Singh b Smith 8. Extras: 11 (nb-9, w-2). Total: (in 102.4 overs) 334.

Fall of wickets: 1-95, 2-123, 3-164, 4-194, 5-259, 6-283, 7-318, 8-321, 9-326.

England Under-19 bowling: Adam Harrison 10-0-59-0, Thomas Smith 21.4-8-35-3, Andrew Miller 20-3-76-4, Mitchell Stokes 19-5-68-1, Ben Harmison 9-0-26-0, Mark Lawson 17-1-56-1, Moeen Ali 6-1-14-0.

England Under-19 — 1st innings: Michael O'Shea lbw b Nabi 20, Joseph Denley (run out) 59, William Gifford b Nabi 0, Steve Davies b Tiwari 13, Ben Harmison st. Pinal b Harvinder 7, Moeen Ali c Nabi b Tiwari 5, Thomas Smith c & b Tiwari 0, M. Stokes lbw b Nabi 1, Adam Harrison b Nabi 0, Mark Lawson (not out) 0, Andrew Miller b Nabi 4. Extras: 3 (nb-1, lb-1, b-1). Total: (in 62 overs) 112.

Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-37, 3-87, 4-101, 5-105, 6-106, 7-107, 8-107, 9-108.

India Under-19 bowling: Abid Nabi 11-4-26-5, Hardevinder Singh 10-4-10-0, Avinash Yadav 15-6-30-0, Fayaz Fazal 6-2-18-0, Harvinder Singh 10-5-14-1, Manoj Tiwari 10-4-12-3.

India Under-19 — 2nd innings: Fayaz Fazal (batting) 14, Shikar Dhawan b Smith 18, A.T. Rayudu (batting) 19. Extras: 0. Total: 51 (for one wkt. in 15 overs).

Fall of wickets: 1-24.

England Under-19 bowling: Miller 5-1-18-0, Smith 5-0-24-1, Harmison 3-1-6-0, Harrison 2-1-3-0.

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