Just another day in the life of Rawlins
Delray Rawlins continued his sparkling form on England Under-19 duty against India during the third youth one-day international in Mumbai yesterday.
Promoted up the order to No 4 after starring with the bat in the first two matches, the Bermudian all rounder struck a team-high 96 from 106 balls as England were restricted to 215 in their 50 overs after electing to bat on a sluggish pitch at the Brabourne Stadium.
Rawlins also led the England attack, claiming two for 30 with slow left-arm spin.
Despite the former Bermuda Under-17 captain and St George's Cup Match player's fine all-round display, India romped to an emphatic seven-wicket victory with 35 balls to spare to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
The hosts replied with 216 for three, with opener Shubman Gill leading the run chase with a maiden century.
Gill, who was involved in a verbal squabble with Rawlins during his unbeaten innings, gathered 138 from 157 balls and along with wicketkeeper Harvik Desai steered India safely across the line by way of an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 115.
Rawlins' previous knocks of 107 not out and 46 were of high quality and yesterday's 129-minute knock — that included 11 fours and two sixes — flowed in the same vein as he and George Bartlett led an England fightback after the visiting side slipped to 38 for two in the ninth over.
They added 84 runs for the third wicket before Bartlett was stumped in the 24th over charging Rahul Chahar, the leg-spinner, after gathering 55 from 61 balls.
Rawlins was at ease with the India spinners, using his feet and cross-batting strokes to good effect to keep pushing the score along.
He hammered two boundaries in the 43rd over, a six over long-off and a four over mid-wicket, to carry his score to 96. However, he was dismissed the next ball after being held at short third man off a reverse sweep off Anukul Roy, the slow left-arm bowler, to miss out on a second century in three games.
Chahar led the India attack with four for 33 while Roy took three for 39.
The fourth youth one-day international between the two countries takes place on Monday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where Rawlins and his England Under 19 team-mates will try to keep the series alive.