Vijay Zol shines in India U-19 win
Vijay Zol’s 72 drove India to a winning total against minnows Papua New Guinea (PNG) in their U-19 World Cup encounter at Townsville on Thursday.
Apart from opener Prashant Chopra (58), India’s top order failed to get a good start, the team was reduced to 73/3 when Zol walked in and 98/5 eight overs later. Vijay and wicketkeeper Smit Patel added 82 for the sixth wicket. Patel’s dismissal sparked another collapse and Zol was the last man out for 72 (95b, 4x7) with India’s score 204 in 45.1 overs.
Papua New Guinea’s Sydney based medium pacer Chad Soper was lethal against the lower order, ending with figures of 5/32.
PNG’s chase featured two 35 run partnerships, one for the second wicket (1/7 - 2/42) and one for the sixth wicket (5/54 - 6/89). Either sides of those partnerships was carnage as the India U-19 bowlers wreaked havoc. Man of the Match Ravikant Singh (5/21), Baba Aparajith (2/16) and Kamal Passi (2/18) stood out as PNG were bowled out for 97. Only three batsmen managed double figures in the PNG innings.
The win saw India U-19 set up a quarter final clash against Pakistan U-19, match that will be played at Townsville on Monday morning (5 am Indian Standard Time).