Pant, bowlers secure India Under-19s win
India Under-19s 236 (Pant 87, Lomror 43, Rashid 4-47) beat Afghanistan Under-19s 203 (Rashid 43, Ahmed 4-41, Lomror 2-31) by 33 runs
Opener Rishabh Pant struck 87 off 88 balls to set up India Under-19s' 33-run win against Afghanistan Under-19s, their second in the Tri-nation tournament in Kolkata.
Pant added fifty-plus partnerships with Amandeep Khare and captain Ricky Bhui to drive his team forward after they lost the early wicket of Washington Sundar. Although Pant and Bhui fell in quick succession, Mahipal Lomror pushed India Under-19s to 236 despite a lower-order collapse - the last five wickets tumbling for only 35 runs. Rashid Khan, the legspinner, was pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan, taking four wickets, including that of Pant.
Rashid would also hit seven fours during his 39-ball 43, with contributions from the lower order, but damage inflicted upfront in the chase was irreparable. Pacer Khaleel Ahmed and left-arm spinner Pradipta Pramanik had combined well to reduce Afghanistan to 65 for 5 in 16.5 overs. Both the openers - Hazrathullah and Ihsanullah - passed 20s but could not convert it into a big score. Eventually, Afghanistan were bowled out for 203 in 47.3 overs, Ahmed finishing with impressive figures of 4 for 41, as the hosts took their points tally to nine.