Shubman Gill’s blistering century and Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s brilliant opening spell steered India Under-19 to an emphatic 169-run win over England Under-19 in the third one-day match in Hove on Saturday (August 12). The victory ensured India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Opting to bat, India rode on Gill’s 147 off 127 balls, studded with 19 fours and two sixes, to post a massive 327 for 7. England failed to recover from a top-order implosion triggered by Nagarkoti’s early strikes and eventually folded for 158 in 40.5 overs. Tom Banton, who came in at No. 5, top-scored with 59, but none of the rest of the England line-up got past 25.
India lost Himanshu Rana, the opener, early, bowled by Matty Potts, the right-arm pacer, but Gill and Prithvi Shaw added 45 runs for the second wicket before the latter was caught behind off Jack Plom for 26.
Gill, who got off the mark with a boundary, kept scoring at a fast clip and added 88 and 82 runs for the third and fourth wickets with Het Patel (38) and Abhishek Sharma (31). Bringing up his century with a boundary, off 105 balls, Gill accelerated further, hitting three consecutive fours off Potts.
Liam Trevaskis, the left arm spinner, finally saw off Gill in the 45th over, but India had already reached 285 for 5. Cameos from Salman Khan (26 off 16 balls) and Anukul Roy (22 not out off 17 balls) lifted India to a massive total. Pott finished with figures of 4 for 61 in ten overs.
Chasing a daunting 328, England got off to a dismal start as Nagarkoti (3 for 20) accounted for Trevaskis and Liam Banks, the openers, for nought inside three overs.
England kept losing wickets regularly, and their only resistance came in the form a 52-run fifth-wicket partnership between Banton and Tom Lammonby (24).
Abhishek (2 for 31) and Gill (2 for 9) mopped up the tail, handing India three wins in a row.
Brief Scores: India U-19 327/7 in 50 overs (Shubman Gill 147, Het Patel 38; Matty Potts 4-61) beat England U-19 158 all out in 40.5 overs (Tom Banton 59, Tom Lammonby 24; Kamlesh Nagarkoti 3-20, Abhishek Sharma 2-31, Shubman Gill 2-9) by 169 runs.