India lose to England but qualify for U-19 WC quarters


After winning the first two games while bowling first, India invited England to bat and chasing a target of 247, Ashok Maneria's boys collapsed to 215 in 46.4 overs to finish second in Group A.
India will take on Pakistan in the Super League quarterfinal on Saturday.

They had assured themselves a quarterfinal berth after their back-to-back wins against minnows Afghanistan and Hong Kong.
Put in to bat, England didn't make too good a start as the Indian pace combination of Sourav Netrawalkar and Sandeep Sharma sent their top order packing cheaply.

Right-arm pacer Netrawalkar, pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3 for 25 in his 10 overs, accounted for English openers Joe Root (4) and Chris Dent (1), while Sandeep dismissed James Vince (29).
Reduced to 60 for four in 81.1 overs, the English middle order turned it around for the team with Ben Stokes scoring a blazing century.
Stokes' 100-run knock came off 88 balls and comprised four fours and six sixes.

His innings was complemented by a valuable 42-run contribution by Ateeq Javid as England posted a reasonably fighting total in seaming conditions.
Chasing the target, Indian openers Rahul Kannaur and Mayank Aggarwal scored at a brisk pace but couldn't convert the starts into big scores, departing for 20 and 32 respectively.

From a reasonably secure 62 for two in 10 overs, India were reeling at 87 for five by the 17th over after Maneria and Harpreet Singh Bhatia left without troubling the scorer.

David Payne and his pace colleague Ben Stokes exploited the conditions well and shared the top half of the Indian line-up between themselves.
While Payne returned figures of 3 for 40 in eight overs, Stokes managed 2 for 43.
The top half let the team down but the bottom five fought back with wicketkeeper Sufiyan Sheikh top-scoring with a 45-run knock.
But the cameos were just not enough amid the climbing required rate.
Netrawalkar entertained with a 30-ball 28, that included three hits to the fence during the batting powerplay, but that only delayed the inevitable as England emerged the only unbeaten side from the group.

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