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U-19 World Cup: India thrash PNG to book quarter-final berth

Thu, 20th, Feb 2014
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India were off to a positive start after electing to bat first, with openers Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar (37) putting up a 50-run stand inside 12 overs. PNG then got a breakthrough as Herwadkar holed out to deep square leg. Bains (58) continued the rampage, bringing up his half-century alongside captain Vijay Zol (35), who accelerated after a cautious start. The duo added 74 runs for the 2nd wicket, before Zol was bowled through the gates. Bains followed and India were 139/3 in the 33rd over.

India took the Batting Powerplay after the 35th over and it was only a while before Sanju Samson rolled out his masterclass, hitting Gebai for 2 sixes and 5 fours in his 2 overs. Shreyas Iyer supported well at the other end, as India looted 54 runs in their Powerplay overs. More drama ensued when Samson struck 2 more fours and 3 more sixes, all this while being dropped thrice in 2 overs and also added 116 runs with Iyer. His blistering innings finally ended in the 47th over, where Sarfaraz Khan took over with an 18-ball 34. India posted 301/6 in 50 overs.

PNG's response to a steep chase was a poor 56. Monu Kumar struck straightaway in his 1st over, reducing them to 3/2. The middle order restored some normalcy, before chinaman Kuldeep Yadav unleashed himself, grabbing figures of 4/10. PNG were already down and out, and were dealt their final blow as they lost six wickets for just 4 runs.

With this win, India are now placed atop Group A and have qualified for the quarter-finals along with Pakistan Under-19s, who registered a 146-run win over Scotland Under-19s in Dubai.
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U-19 World Cup: India survive low-scoring thriller

Mon, 17th, Feb 2014
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Led by youngster Vijay Zol, India opened their World Cup campaign with a 40-run victory over arch rivals Pakistan on Saturday, in what was a run fest of sorts. However, their second outing was a juicy, low-scoring contest. After electing to bat first, Scotland Under-19s could hardly manage to face the Indian bowlers. Kuldeep Yadav registered a historic hat-trick, and he was ably supported by Aamir Gani who bagged 4 wickets, wrapping up Scotland's innings for a poor total of 88 runs inside 30 overs.

One would have expected the run-chase to be a cakewalk for a batting-heavy side like India. But the Scottish bowlers had a surprise for India's batsmen as they ran through the top order in no time. With 5 batsmen back in the hut for just 22 runs, the target suddenly looked steep for India. However, Sarfaraz Khan came out all guns blazing with his unbeaten knock of 45 (5 fours, 1 six), alongside Deepak Hooda (24) who stitched a 57-run partnership to take India through the final hurdle in the 23rd over.

India Under-19s will face Papua New Guinea Under-19s in their next Group A game at Sharjah on Wednesday.
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U19 Asia Cup: Ton-up Zol helps India U19 clinch title

Sat, 4th, Jan 2014
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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.
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