India win series with 201-run victory
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.
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.