U19 Asia Cup: Ton-up Zol helps India U19 clinch title
It was yet another impressive performance from the Indian Colts, who triumphed Pakistan U19 by 40 runs to clinch the U19 Asia Cup in a high-scoring thriller at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Captain Vijay Zol was once again at the helm of affairs, slamming a phenomenal 100 off 120 balls, along with Sanju Samson's 87-ball 100 that powered India to 314/8 in 50 overs. Opener Ankit Bains (47) gave a brisk start to the Indians, who were put into bat first. The duo added 60 runs for the 1st wicket, before Herwadkar departed. Bains was stumped soon, following which Zol and Samson held fort.
Both batsmen took charge, dealing consistently in boundaries. Their partnership was worth 180 runs just inside 30 overs. Samson smashed 8 fours and 4 sixes in his cameo, while Zol capitalized with 7 fours and 2 sixes. India lost Zol and Samson in quick succession, but the rest of the batting order managed to push the score beyond 300, before eventually finishing with 314.
Chasing a steep target, Pakistan's response began on a strong note, as opener Sami Aslam (87) got off to a flyer with an attacking half-century. But Aslam ran out of partners in the top and middle-order until Kamran Ghulam arrived at the crease. Pakistan were 88/4 in the 20th over and in dire need of a partnership. Ghulam added 93 with Aslam, before the opener's dismissal paved way for India's comeback into the match.
The Pakistan lower order then collapsed staring at a required run-rate of over 10. Ghulam, on the other hand, was left stranded on 102 after getting to his century in the last few overs. Pakistan were restricted to 274/9 in 50 overs. Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/72.