Visakhapatnam, 5 Oct: The Indian U-19 cricket team produced a fantastic all-round performance to defeat their South African peers by 201 runs in the final, thereby winning the Quadrangular Series trophy here today.
Put in to bat, India made 267 for six in 50 overs before bundling out the South Africans for 66 in 28.1 overs. Mumbai boy Sarfaraz Khan starred for the hosts with an unbeaten 67 and a couple of wickets to his credit. It was a near-perfect performance by the Indians, who suffered just one loss during the tournament, which also featured Australia and Zimbabwe.
After being sent in to bat, India did not make the best of starts with opener Ankush Bains (1) departing when the team had just three runs on the board. But the other opener, Akhil Herwadkar (25), and skipper Vijay Zol (71), steadied the ship with a 51-run, second-wicket stand. The partnership ended when Herwadkar was dismissed by Justin Dill in the 15th over, caught by Yaseen Valli. Herwadkar’s 46-ball stay featured a four and a six.
The dismissal, however, did little to unsettle the hosts, who relied on steady contributions from their middle-order batsmen to build a good score.
Zol shared a 61-run stand with Ricky Bhui (46) before walking back to the pavilion after becoming Hayes van der Berg’s only victim.
After Zol’s departure, Khan, the 15-year-old who had smashed a hundred against the same opponents earlier in the tournament, and played his 58-ball knock, which included half a dozen fours.
He was given good support lower down the order by Deepak Hooda (32).
For South Africa, Dill was the most successful bowler with three for 63 from overs.
Chasing, half the South African side found themselves back in the pavilion in fewer than 20 overs with just 51 runs on the board. Number three Jason Smith (23) and skipper Yaseen Valli (13) were the only batsmen to get into double figures.