India U19s kick start Quadrangular series with mammoth win
The India U19s registered a thumping 148-run victory over Zimbabwe U19s in the opening clash of the Quadrangular One-Day Series at Visakhapatnam on Monday.
The Indian colts were off to a shaky start after skipper Vijay Zol won the toss and elected to bat. Opener Ankush Bains scored a vital 49 and held the innings together while his partner Akhil Herwadkar (8) departed early. Bains’ 52-run stand with Zol came at a crucial juncture and helped the team attain stability. Zol (17) couldn’t convert his start and was bowled by Kieran Geyle (3/32) in the 18th over.
However, the middle order chipped in with useful contributions to keep the scoreboard ticking. 15-year old Sarfaraz Khan (55) stepped up and delivered, taking India U19 past the 200-run mark along with Deepak Hooda who smashed his way to an unbeaten 83, with 5 fours and 5 sixes. The duo raised a 77-run 6th wicket partnership. The Indian U19s posted a huge total of 291 at the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs.
Zimbabwe's response was poor as frequent wickets and lack of runs was followed by a miserable batting collapse. The opening pair’s stand was broken in the 12th over with just 33 runs on the board. Ryan Burl was the only top scorer in their batting line-up with a patient 46, but that wasn’t enough to conquer the summit. Kuldeep Yadav (4/34) delivered a fiery spell as he ran through the Zimbabwean batsmen. Hooda displayed his all-round abilities, taking 2/37 with the ball.
Aamir Gani and Sarfaraz Khan picked 2 wickets each thereby getting rid of the entire team inside 42 overs. The Zimbabwe U19s were all-out for 143, conceding a huge 148-run win to the India U19s.
The Indian Colts have gained 4 points as a result of this win and will now face South Africa U19s on September 25 at Visakhapatnam.