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Rawlins gets 49 as England frustrate India

Delray Rawlins added 49 to his first-innings knock of 140 as the second Youth Test between India and England Under-19 ended in a tame draw in Nagpur.

Trailing by 13 runs, after India posted 388 in their first innings, England batted throughout the final day of the four-day Test to reach 255 all out after 82 overs. Rawlins came in at No 5 at the start of the day on 34 for two when Daniel Houghton was unable to bat because of illness and shared in a century stand for the third wicket with George Bartlett.

The pair batted through the morning session to bring up the 150 before Rawlins was denied a half-century when spinner Anukul Roy dismissed him for the second time in the match, this time Rawlins falling to a catch. In 125 minutes at the crease, Rawlins faced 85 balls and hit five fours and a six before he was third out on 155. Bartlett and Rawlins, who have been two of the big successes of the tour, resisted India's spin attack on a wearing pitch as they shared in a partnership of 121. Rawlins, who plays for Sussex, scored his second century of the tour in the first innings before falling for 49 straight after lunch, before Bartlett carried on to make 76 to take his aggregate in the two-match series to 323.

Bartlett batted for three hours and hit six fours and three sixes off 135 balls. Aaron Beard scored 34 not out at No 9 as England were dismissed late in the day before the teams shook hands on the draw. The first match also finished in a draw in Nagpur.

Harsh Tyagi was the top bowler for India in the second innings, claiming four for 67 from 25 overs with seven maidens.

“Rawlins and Bartlett were outstanding in closing out that morning session,” said Andy Hurry, the England head coach, on the England and Wales Cricket Board website. “The ball was turning and there was some uneven bounce as well. But they both showed great maturity as well as skill. Like everyone else in our squad, they will go back home for the 2017 season and the rest of their careers having learnt so much from the experiences we have all enjoyed out here in India.

“We left home on 23 January, and we'll get home on 26 February. That's a long tour by any standards, but especially for Under-19s. And it's been intense as well, with five one-day matches followed by these two four-day games.”

Hurry added: “It's been practice, play all the way through. The lads have only really had one proper day off in all our time out here. I think it goes under the radar a little bit, the importance of the touring experience these lads have had with the Under-19s. To spend this amount of time together, in a confined space a lot of the time, and with that tough schedule, is very different to what they're used to.

“As with the experiences they've gained out in the middle, we'll only know the value of that, to them and to English cricket, when we see how their careers pan out. But I'm confident that everyone will go home having gained from the experience, and a number of them will take a large amount of confidence from having competed at this level against a very determined India team.

“We've been under the pump at times and that's where I think our togetherness and resilience has shone through. We bossed the first four-day game, but in this one we were one for three on the first morning — so to come out with a good draw is a good reflection of the resilience of the whole squad.”

Delray Rawlins listens intently to Rahul Dravid, the India A and India Under-19 coach, during the second Youth Test match in Nagpur. Dravid is a former India captain and fourth-highest runscorer in Test history, with 13,288 Test runs along with 10,889 in one-day internationals.

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Published February 25, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 24, 2017 at 10:32 pm)

Rawlins gets 49 as England frustrate India

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