India likely to play three spinners

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Feb 2017 10:18:01


By Paritosh Pramanik,

NAGPUR,

Feb 20,

AFTER surviving scare on the last day of the first Test, hosts India Under-19 won’t be taking the visiting England Under-19 team lightly when the meet for the second and the last four-day Youth Test here at VCA Stadium in Jamtha from Tuesday.


To bolster their attack, India have added an all-rounder in Anukul Roy in the squad. The 18-year-old Jharkhand all-rounder has played in the Under-19 one-dayers and has made a fine unbeaten half century (62) at Mumbai.
With the wicket expected to assist slow bowlers, left-handed Roy would be helpful with his orthodox bowling.
“The wicket looks like to help slow bowlers as the days will progress. There might be changes in the side looking at the nature of the wicket,” said fielding coach Abhay Sharma.
Indian middle order has done well in the first match. Wicketkeeper-batsman Suresh Lokeshwar, Daryl Ferrario and Sijomon Joseph batted their skins out in the match to help the host eke out a draw. But it is the top order which will have to score big if they want to put any pressure on England.


Openers Abhishek Goswami and Rogan Kunnummal will have to put a decent score at the start.
The bowling department will have to work hard if they want to win this Test and series. Seamers Kanishk Seth, Rishabh Bhagat and Vineet Panwar started well but were unable to buy wickets in the first innings which helped England post a total of 501.


Spinner Sijomon Joseph and Ferrario have bowled brilliantly in the second half and hope they continue the same way on a different wicket on the morrow.
England will be banking on the start they got from captain Max Golden and George Bartlett. The two put up a record second-wicket partnership to bury the hosts under the run mountain. They got a tremendous confidence boost with their innings and they would hope to carry it on in the second game, too.


Looking at the bowling strength they have in seamers Aaron Beard, Henry Brookes and spinner Liam Patterson White, India would look to put up a spirited show in the coming days.