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Aneesh Kapil & Rabian Engelbrecht

Aneesh Kapil picks up his fourth wicket as England Under-19s dismiss their South African counterparts for 219 at Wantage Road

Aneesh Kapil took 4-36 on debut and Daniel Bell-Drummond cracked 68 to help England Under-19s beat South Africa by four wickets to level the series at 1-1.

After Kapil destroyed the tail to bowl South Africa out for 219 - a fine comeback considering the tourists were 121 for one - Bell-Drummond followed up his scintillating 86 in the series opener on Saturday with a match-winning knock.

It was far from straightforward, however, with England staring at potential embarrassment when they slipped to nine for two in the second over.

But Kent's Bell-Drummond and Sam Wood of Nottinghamshire hauled the hosts out of trouble with a fine 90-run partnership for the third wicket.

There was still work to do when both perished to leave England 135 for four in the 33rd over but Essex wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and captain Adam Ball put on 73 for the fifth wicket to ultimately seal the victory.

It was left, somewhat appropriately, to Kapil to hit the winning runs before punching the air in delight.

That England won with 23 balls remaining would have seemed highly unlikely just a few hours earlier when they lost both Sam Kelsall and Adam Rossington in the second over.

Kelsall was on the wrong end of a brutal delivery from Rabian Engelbrecht that leapt up and caught the shoulder of his bat with the ball looping to gully. South Africa sensed blood two balls later when Rossington was pinned in front by the same bowler.

Ben Foakes & Malcolm Nofal

A direct hit from Sam Kelsall accounts for Malcolm Nofal, shortly after the key dismissal of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock for 69

Bell-Drummond joined forces with Wood and they started to rebuild the innings.

Still only 17, Bell-Drummond continued to enhance his burgeoning reputation with an array of strokes all around the wicket. A perfectly timed on-drive for four off the wonderfully named Lizaad Williams was as good as anything seen all day.

Wood was equally impressive as he unfurled a series of cover drives before opening his shoulders to pump Malcolm Nofal down the ground for a sublime six.

But, having contributed 42 to a third wicket partnership worth 90, Wood was lured into edging a cleverly floated delivery from off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen.

Bell-Drummond continued to attack with a six over midwicket and a powerful drive down the ground off Keaton Jennings. However, the bowler got his revenge next ball when Bell-Drummond overbalanced and was smartly stumped down the legside by Quinton de Kock.

England needed another partnership to steady any jitters and the pairing of Foakes and Ball provided the reassurance the home dressing room needed.

Earlier in the day Worcestershire paceman Kapil took 4-36 as England completed a fine turnaround in the field.

Powered by the exciting de Kock, who struck eight glorious boundaries and one six in his 69 - coincidentally the same number as is emblazoned on the back of the opener's shirt - South Africa looked set to amass a large total before Wood picked a hole in the top order and Kapil blasted out the tail.

Quinton de Kock & Daniel Bell-Drummond

Daniel Bell-Drummond leads England's pursuit with 68 from 83 balls. The opener has now passed 50 in each of the opening two matches

After Jamie Overton accounted for South Africa captain Jennings, caught by a tumbling Tom Knight at mid on to end a 48-run opening stand, the pugnacious de Kock and the more circumspect Shaylin Pillay put on 73 for the second wicket as the tourists looked in total command.

The innings, however, turned on its head in the 28th over when England took two wickets in the space of three deliveries. First de Kock was bowled attempting to square cut a ball by Wood that was too close to him, soon followed by Nofal, run out unwisely attempting a second to Kelsall.

Wood picked up a second wicket in his next over when James Price's thin tickle was well held by Foakes.

It was soon 147 for five when the returning Reece Topley induced Pillay to edge behind a peach of a delivery that angled across the right-hander.

South Africa's middle order mounted a counter-attack with Lesiba Ngoebe and Calvin Savage both launching huge sixes as the tourists edged towards 200.

But the slingy Kapil ensured there would not be a late sting in the tail. He first tempted Ngoebe to sky a wild drive which looped into the covers, where the sprawling Rossington did wonderfully well to hold on, before running out Verster off his own bowling.

Kapil then castled the remaining three South Africa batsman - due reward for combining clever changes of pace with searing yorkers at the death.

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