Rawlins plays his part in tie
Delray Rawlins scored 17 off 33 balls and then claimed two for 41 as England Under-19 tied with India Under-19 in their final Youth One-Day International at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai yesterday.
Seeking a second win in the five-match series which India had already won, England posted 226 for nine from their 50 overs with George Bartlett the top scorer with 47 off 59 balls with five fours and two sixes, while wicketkeeper Ollie Pope scored 45.
Rawlins, batting at No 4, came to the crease at 37 for two in the eighth over and was next out on 64 in the seventh over. He hit three fours.
England added a valuable 39 runs for the last two wickets with No 10 batsman Arthur Godsal scoring 19 not out.
Rawlins then claimed two vital wickets as England defended their total, the match going down to the last over with India needing six runs to win. They then needed a single off the final ball when England claimed the last wicket to tie the game.
Ishan Porel, the No 10 batsman, chipped a catch to short cover off left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White to produce the dramatic finish to the match and the five-match series, which India won 3-1.
In the final over last-bat Heramb Parab played out two dot balls before hitting a boundary to the covers.
A dot ball and a single to deep mid-wicket off the fourth and fifth deliveries meant that India could not lose the match.
Henry Brookes, who shared the new ball, produced figures of three for 30 in a disciplined ten-over spell of fast bowling. Fellow opener Jack Blatherwick claimed two for 52 while first-change Godsal took two for 40.
Rawlins was the fourth bowler used by England. He had wicketkeeper Het Patel stumped for 23 in the 25th over at 101 for five and then dismissed top scorer S Radhakrishnan in the 33rd over to make it 137 for seven.
Radhakrishnan, one of nine changes in the India team, hit 65 from 93 balls with five fours. Ayush Jamwal and Yash Thakur added 40 and 30 in the tail end as they added 65 for the eighth wicket, bringing up the 200 before Jamwal departed on 202 in the 47th over.
Defending 226, England's seam bowlers learnt from their mistakes in the previous game. On a green surface, they resisted bowling short, choosing a good length or a fuller length instead.
With some lateral movement and bounce on offer, they extracted enough to trouble India's top order, repeatedly beating batsmen on the outside edge.
Radhakrishnan was loose outside the off stump early but he gradually gained fluency as his innings progressed. He struck a few well-timed drives and was strong on the pull. When on 65, Radhakrishnan chipped a catch to deep mid-wicket off Rawlins, an important wicket for England.
“I felt like the game had gone,” said Rahul Dravid, the India coach, on the dismissal.
Ayush Jamwal and Yash Thakur then combined to add 65 for the eighth wicket to accentuate England's frustration, taking India closer to the target. After Jamwal was caught at fine leg, India still needed 25 off 20 balls.
After being put into bat, England's top order failed to capitalise on starts, much like the rest of the series. Harry Brook (14), Tom Banton (16) and Rawlins (17) were all dismissed by India's seam bowlers as England crawled to 64 for three.
Again, the rebuilding work was left to Bartlett and Pope. While Pope was more circumspect against a decent attack, Bartlett repeatedly found the boundary off the seam bowlers.
All five wickets taken by India's spinners were a result of England's batsmen playing for turn that was not there. Bartlett hit two sixes during his 47 before he missed a straight one from left-arm spinner Shiva Singh. Stand-in captain Max Holden was caught at slip, playing inside the line of a delivery from Jamwal. Jacks, who struck 28 off 34 balls with two fours and a huge six over mid-wicket, missed a non-turning off break from Mayank Rawat, and was stumped.
Pope was bowled attempting to cut a slider and Liam Patterson-White was pinned in front after missing a sweep. At that stage, England had been reduced to 187 for eight after 43 overs.
However, some handy lower-order cameos propped up England towards the end.
Godsal should have been run-out at the striker's end, attempting to complete a second run but a fielder had blocked the umpire's view trying to back up the throw.
The teams will play two Youth Test matches in Nagpur, from February 13 to 16 and 21 to 24.