Quadrangular Under-19 Series 2013-14, Visakhapatnam October 5, 2013

India win series with 201-run victory

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A disciplined bowling performance helped India U-19s complete a massive 201-run victory over South Africa U-19s in Visakhapatnam to win the 2013-14 Quadrangular Under-19 Series. South Africa put India in to bat, and Kagiso Rabada obliged by removing Ankush Bains, fresh from a hundred in the previous match, early with the score on 3. Akhil Herwadkar and Vijay Zol compiled a 51-run partnership to steady the innings. Lower order contributions from Ricky Bhui (46), Sarfaraz Khan (67) and Deepak Hooda (32) ensured India reached a competitive 267 for 6. Zol, the captain, top-scored with 71, with South Africa's Justin Dill being the pick of the bowlers having taken 3 for 63.

South Africa managed a marginally better opening partnership, but found themselves in total disarray when they lost three on the trot with the score on 13. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as the batsmen failed to compile substantial partnerships through the innings. Only two players, Jason Smith and Yaseen Valli, were able to get past double digits, as South Africa were skittled for 66. Aamir Gani had best figures of 3 for 18, with Sarfaraz and Kuldeep Yadav chipping with two wickets each.

Damien Mortimer's unbeaten 100 helped Australia U-19s complete a dominating eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe U-19s to win the 3rd place play-off in Visakhapatnam.

Zimbabwe batted first, but were unable to string useful partnerships, finding themselves at 72 for 5, primarily because of right-arm seamer Guy Walker who took four of those wickets. A 77-run stand between Ryan Burl and Malcolm Lake, followed by Kieran Geyle's 38, ensured they put on a competitive 228. Burl finished as top-scorer with 74.

Australia's reply started similarly, as the first wicket fell with the score on 31, but Mortimer and Ben McDermott effectively took the game away with a 143-run partnership. McDermott had provided good support but when he fell on 64, Jake Doran took over the role, scoring an unbeaten 28, as he and Mortimer finished off the game with a little more than eight overs to spare.

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  • Naresh on October 7, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    WELL DONE Team India!!!! We have another U19 team that is building up and some might not make the next WC due to age. However it is good to see their performance. Keep it up.

  • t on October 6, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Brilliant job guys.

    Wow, 66 all out in a final. these chokers start early don't they.

  • James on October 6, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @ Billion_Useless_Rats: Under 19 success may not translate to success of senior teams, but it is a fair indicator of the talent that is available. And in recent times, at least in the limited overs version, India seems to be doing remarkably better than all other teams in all age groups. This Indian team for instance seems to have few talents who may become members of the senior team, if they are nurtured well. Sarfaraz Khan and Deepak Hooda stand out as exceptional all rounders- if anything their captain is not capable of using them effectively, as they have been underbowled in most matches. Zol himself will be a contender for the national team in a couple of years. Kuldeep Yadav may also be a useful addition to the senior team which doesnt have any aggressive spinner.

  • gurinder on October 5, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    great . indians teams are winning tournaments at every level. tells u that india have great future in cricket. meanwhile some nations are struggling to find 2 proper batsmen in their senior squads.

  • Dhairy on October 5, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    see kuldeep yadav's carrer avg. it's just about 10-12. great perfomer and promising to give chance at atleast A level to test.

  • venkatasubramanian on October 5, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (October 5,2013) Our U-19 boys once again proved their worth in achieving their victory against S.Africa U-19 and in turn for coming out with flying colours.It is quite true that Sarfraz Khan has got good potential to come up faster.

  • Android on October 5, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    better chances to get them ipl contract than a chance in Indian senior team....

  • Mike on October 5, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Just because a team is top at under-19 level doesn't mean they will excel at the proper level.

  • murali on October 5, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    I rarely seen india u-19 lost a match whether it is in aus,india or srilanka last time they lost to SA u19 this time the won convincingly congrats only thing worrying me is these boys getting star status in early age may harm there carrier. ok hope for d best these boys keep there head on shoulders

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Our under 19 team is brilliant. All players performed to a high level. Its about time 3-4 players are given opportunity to represented at a higher level. Zol, Sarafaz are stars already and the openers have done a commendable job. The bowlers were fantastic, India has budding cricketers and the future looks great! Keep it up boys and keep the flag flying high!

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