India v PNG, ICC U-19 World Cup, Townsville August 16, 2012

Ravikant stars in India's big win


India Under-19s 204 (Zol 72, Soper 5-32) beat Papua New Guinea Under-19s 97 (Ravikant 5-21) by 107 runs

India secured second place in Group C of the Under-19 World Cup with a comfortable victory against Papua New Guinea, their second in three games. Ravikant Singh led the efficient bowling performance, taking 5 for 21, which made up for a weak effort with the bat against inexperienced opposition. India will now face Pakistan in a quarterfinal at the Tony Ireland Stadium.

After a disappointing effort against West Indies and an average one against Zimbabwe, India's batsman had one last chance to find fluency ahead of the quarterfinals. However, the team was shot out for 204 off 45.1 overs, with Chad Soper, a Papua New Guinea medium-pacer who lives in Sydney, picking up a five-wicket haul.

Unmukt Chand won the toss for the first time in the tournament and chose to bat at Endeavour Park 1, a club ground with small boundaries. He, however, was the first to fall, caught at slip off Soper. Chand hung around while the umpires checked if the ball had carried to Christopher Kent but was eventually on his way for 4.

India's batsmen were unable to apply the sort of pressure that makes inexperienced teams lose their disciplines. Papua New Guinea were frequently buoyed by wickets and they celebrated each one with loud whoops of excitement.

The other opening batsman, Prashant Chopra, was responsible for most of India's early runs but he was dismissed for 58 in the 23rd over, with the score on 95 for 4. Then it was up to Vijay Zol, who had an 82-run partnership for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Smit Patel. They played a few shots - Patel pulled over the midwicket boundary, while Zol scooped past the wicketkeeper. The resistance ended when Patel, on 30, lofted Raymond Haoda towards deep midwicket and was caught by Nigel Boge, who had to cover quite a bit of ground to his left.

The end came quickly after that with Soper running through the tail, bowling full and straight to hit the stumps or the pads successfully. He had Zol caught behind for 72 to finish with 5 for 32.

A target of 205 was always going to stretch Papua New Guinea. The only time when they looked like putting up a fight was when Christopher Kent went on the attack, hitting offspinner Vikas Mishra on to the roof of the club house and into the playing area of the West Indies-Zimbabwe game in an adjacent ground at Endeavour Park. Mishra eventually dismissed Kent, caught at long-on by Ravikant Singh.

Ravikant then took three wickets in the space of four runs, reducing Papua New Guinea from 50 for 2 to 54 for 5. They were all out for 97 in the 32nd over.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sumit on August 17, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    this team manged to reach quaterfinal????anyways hope it will go down fighting in qf

  • Naresh on August 17, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    If you going to play on fast, bouncy pitches abroad , then why not practice on handling that high bounce before you leave for tournaments like this. These coaches take HALF COOKED players and hope for the best. Have some method e.g. each player should face 500 throw downs per day - especially the top 5 batsman in the top order. Make pace bowlers bowl to a single stump outside the corridor. They need accuracy and length.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    this team is lame, and yes i would say tht even if they won the cup,.

  • Sanjiv on August 17, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Based on this India team's performance in this tournamen, I think they will be returning home in 3 days time. The 11 guys have the potential to perform at a higher level than they have displayed thus far. And like their senior counterparts, they are unable to translate that potential into positive results overseas. So our rot starts from this age - is the NCA and BCCI taking notes? Who is their coach, never heard of him and his credentials at producing world-beating performances. Lots of us can be champions at home in gulli-danda and kabaddi.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Sabashhh Ravikant great performance

  • Kalyanaraman on August 16, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    This team has some good players and some sub-standard players. To lift a World Cup the team needs all 11 to fire.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    India's final game is in 3 days after which they would be returning home sweet home. have a safe trip bck home boys

  • Avais on August 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Indians did OK against Pak at the slow wicket in Malaysia,althoug still ended losing a game, but not sure how they will handle Pak quicks at the lively wickets here. Pakistan probably has the best opening bowlers in the tournament. Also, Inzamam's 16 year old nephew Imam is going great guns. Will be a good game.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    This team doesn't have it, in them, to lift the cup.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Mr Chand, We were looking for some "Mukti" from the batting troubles for our batsmen! But, they remains"UNMUKTed". Couldn't bat out the 50 overs, against PNG? What a shame! Our poor batting performance completely erased the pleasure of a win.

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