India U19 continued their impressive start in the U19 Asia Cup with a thumping win over Pakistan. The Indian colts thrashed Pakistan by 60 runs in Moratuwa to register their second win in a row. After piling up a mammoth total of 305 for 6 in the stipulated 50 overs, India bowled out Pakistan for just 245.
Skipper Dhruv Jurel won the toss and decided to bat first. Opener Suved Parkar failed to get going and was out for just three. However, it was not at all the precursor of the things that were to follow. Opener Arjun Azad and number three Tilak Varma sent the Pakistan bowlers on a leather hunt by sharing 183 runs for the second wicket. Both the batsmen went on to score centuries.
Aamir Ali broke the big stand when he castled Azad for 121. Azad’s knock came off 111 balls and contained 11 fours and four maximums. Towards the end of the innings, Pakistan kept taking wickets at regular intervals. In the 48th over, Naseem Shah picked up three wickets in space of four balls.
But thanks to Varma, who was dismissed in the 47th over, India U19 managed to post a big total. For Pakistan, Naseem Shah was the most successful bowler, having taken 3 for 52. Abbas Afridi also picked up three wickets but ended up conceding 72 runs.
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The score turned out to be more than enough for India as they defended it without much trouble. Pakistan openers – Haider Ali and Abdul Bangalzai – were back in the hut with just 26 runs on the board. Vidyadhar Patil sent both of them back. Fahad Munir could not do much either as Pakistan were reduced to 53 for 3.
But before India could make further inroads in the game, skipper Rohail Nazir and Mohammad Haris steadied the ship by adding 120 runs for the fourth wicket. But once Haris was out, the floodgates opened and Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Nazir managed to reach his ton but it was not enough to take his team over the line.