New Zealand win thriller to level series
New Zealand Under-19 154 for 9 (Anderson 34, Yo Mahesh 4-27) beat India Under-19 152 (Srivastava 57, Southee 4-29) by one wicket
New Zealand Under-19 scraped home by one wicket in a thriller at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln to square the series 1-1 after two matches. Chasing a modest target of target of 153, New Zealand were staring at defeat at 131 for 9, but a resolute last-wicket stand between Timothy Muir and Trent Boult saw them home off the last ball of the match.
Seamer Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh took his second-consecutive four-wicket haul to rock the hosts and three run-outs pegged them back further. New Zealand were in a spot of bother at 4 for 48 but were later revived by a 49-run partnership between Corey Anderson and wicketkeeper Bradley Cachopa. However, the wheels threatened to come off when legspinner Piyush Chawla sent both batsmen packing and effected a run-out as well. A couple of late blows by Mahesh saw the hosts lose their last five wickets for 34 runs and thereafter it was upto the tail to see them through.
Earlier, the Indians were sent into bat and their innings lasted just 37 overs. Tanmay Srivastava top-scored with 57 while the rest capitulated, only three managing to cross double figures. Seamer Timothy Southee made early inroads and finished with figures of 4 for 29.