Zol leads India to first win

India’s U-19 team recorded their first victory during their tour of Sri Lanka as they pipped the hosts by 22 runs

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kurunegala | Published: August 7, 2013 2:50 am

India’s U-19 team recorded their first victory during their tour of Sri Lanka as they pipped the hosts by 22 runs in the second Youth ODI on Tuesday. The two Youth Tests were drawn and the first Youth ODI did not yield any result after being abandoned due to rain.

In Tuesday’s match,India,after deciding to bat,put on board a fighting 240 before being bowled out in 48.4 overs. Skipper Vijay Zol top-scored for the side with 65 off 75 balls,including six fours and a six.

The Indians then bundled out Sri Lanka for 218 in 47 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Medium-fast bowler Abhimanyu Lamba (3/35) was the pick of the bowlers while off-spinner Aamir Gani (2/41) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/35) scalped two wickets each.

Middle-order batsman Thilaksha Sumanasiri made a fighting unbeaten 73 for the Sri Lankan side but ran out of partners.

strong middle-order

The Lankans did not have a good start but their middle-order batted well as Priyamal Perera (47) and Sumanasiri added 74 runs for the fifth wicket. The two batsmen threatened to take the game away from India but Lamba bowled Perera in the 38th over to bring India back in the hunt.

The game was poised for a close finish with Sri Lanka requiring 74 runs from the last 10 overs with five wickets in hand but the hosts lost three wicket in the 43rd over which tilted the balance of the game in India’s favour. Aamir Gani dismissed AK Tyronne and Chamika Karunaratne while Roshan Anurudda was run out.

Earlier,openers Ankush Bains (38) and Akhil Herwadkar (33) provided the side a good start with a 70-run stand but India struggled to form partnerships following their dismissal.

The best stand after their exits was a 62-run association between Zol and Ricky Bhui (24) for the fifth wicket. Number nine Gani then played a good hand towards the end with an 18-ball 25. The third and final ODI will be played at Dambulla on Thursday.

Brief scores: India U-19 240 in 48.4 overs (V Zol 67,A Bains 38,A Herwadkar 33; C Karunaratne 4/44,R Anurudda 3/45) bt Sri Lanka U-19 218 in 47 overs (T Sumanasiri 73 not out,P Perera 47; A Lamba 3/35).

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