Vijay Zol shines in Quadrangular Series
Maharashtra batsman and India U19 skipper Vijay Zol (103) was the lone survivor among a pack of falling cards with a valiant hundred as India U19s conceded a 10-run defeat against South Africa U19s in the Quadrangular Series Youth ODI at Visakhapatnam.
Earlier, India U19s won the toss and elected to field against South Africa U19s. The South African openers Clyde Fortuin (65) and Aiden Markram (25) got off to a flyer, putting up 83 runs for the 1st wicket. Aamir Gani (1/38) then broke the partnership, getting rid of Markram.
The middle order departed cheaply, but it was Yaseen Valli who smashed 6 fours and 2 sixes on his way to a 49-ball 64. His 84-run 5th wicket stand with Greg Oldfield (35) helped their side get past the 200-run mark. However, Abhimanyu Lamba (1/51) struck just in time to dismiss both batsmen, one of them being run-out by Lamba. At the end of 50 overs, South Africa U19s managed to put up a total of 257/6.
In response, India U19s lost opener Akhil Herwadkar (0) in the 2nd over, thereby putting further pressure on themselves. Shubham Khajuria (36) held on from one end, with captain Zol coming in just when needed. The duo added 67 runs for the 2nd wicket, but Khajuria soon fell in the 17th over. Zol then strung two 50-plus partnerships with the middle over, but it wasn’t enough to help his side reach the target. The lower-middle order collapsed towards the end, eventually leading to a narrow loss for the India U19s as they finished with 247 runs, only 10 away from a win.