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England, after conceding the vital first innings lead, lost a couple of wickets in the final moments. They now need to bat well on the final day tomorrow to restrict India’s victory bid. Getty Images (Representational Image)

Saurabh Singh scored a splendid century to put India U-19 team in the driver’s seat as the hosts surpassed England’s first innings total to reach 388 for 9 declared on Day Three of the second youth Test match in Nagpur on Thursday. Saurabh hit 109 with the help of 13 boundaries as the hosts dominated the proceedings on the penultimate day of the four-day match at the VCA Stadium at Jamtha. England, in their second innings, were struggling at 34 for 2, losing openers Harry Brook (16) and Max Holden (13). The wickets were shared by Daryl Ferrario (1 for 8) and Harsh Tyagi (1 for 1).

Earlier in the day, India resumed at the overnight score of 153 for 3 and accelerated the scoring with Saurabh dominating the proceedings with some fluent strokes around the park. Ferrario 55 (7 fours) and Siddarth Akre 54 (7 fours) provided the much-needed impetus to the Indian middle order to ensure the hosts took a commanding position in the match. India added 235 runs before they declared the innings after taking a slender 13-run lead.

English bowlers Aaron Broad (2 for 56) and Evan Woods (2 for 61) made early inroads but could not run through the solid Indian batting line up. Liam Patterson (2 for 83) and Max Holden 2 for 63 shared the other Indian wickets.

England, after conceding the vital first innings lead, lost a couple of wickets in the final moments. They now need to bat well on the final day tomorrow to restrict India’s victory bid.

Brief scores

England U-19 375 all out and 34 for 2 lead India U-19 388 for 9 decl. by 21 runs.