Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Youth ODI, Kurunegala August 6, 2013

Zol, bowlers star in tight India win

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India Under-19s 240 (Zol 67, Bains 38, Karunaratne 4-44) beat Sri Lanka Under-19s 218 (Sumanasiri 73, Perera 47, Lamba 3-35) by 22 runs

Vijay Zol hit a his second consecutive half-century to guide India to a 22-run victory in a closely fought match against Sri Lanka in the second Youth ODI in Kurunegala.

Sri Lanka, chasing 241, were comfortably placed at 152 for 4, but Priyamal Perera's wicket triggered a collapse, with the hosts losing the remaining batsmen for just 66 runs, as all the Indian bowlers kept up the pressure and bowled at under six an over.

India, electing to bat, got off to a good start as the openers Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar struck a total of seven fours and one six, and added 70 for the first wicket. However, medium-pacer Chamika Karunaratne got the breakthroughs for Sri Lanka by dismissing the pair, as well as Sanju Samson in quick succession to leave India precariously placed at 84 for 3. Karunaratne was the pick of the bowlers, and eventually finished with 4 for 44.

But Zol, coming in at No. 3, followed up his 76 in the first ODI with another crucial fifty, as India began to seize the initiative. Zol struck six fours and one six during his 75-ball 67, and put up a 62-run fifth-wicket stand with Ricky Bhui to take India to 177 after 38.

Zol was eventually caught by Sadeera Samarawickrama off Roshan Anurudda, but offspinner Aamir Gani gave a late flourish to the innings with an 18-ball 25 that included three fours, pushing India to 240.

Sri Lanka began their chase slowly, as medium-pacers Atit Sheth and Abhimanyu Lamba removed Kavindu Kulasekara, Minod Bhanuka and Kusal Mendis inside 10 overs. Samarawickrama tried to counterattack with a 52-ball 36, but was out leg before by left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav to leave Sri Lanka struggling at 77 for 4.

Perera and Thilaksha Sumanasiri fought back with a 75-run fifth-wicket partnership to keep the match evenly poised, but Lamba bowled Perera in the 38th to hand India the initiative.

Sumanasiri remained unbeaten by scoring 73 off just 82 balls, but with wickets falling regularly at the other end, he could make little difference, as the Indian bowlers held their nerves to bowl Sri Lanka out for 218.

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  • Krishna on August 8, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    SL Vs India...and the saga continues.

  • santhosh on August 7, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    U19 teams of SL and Ind should be playing more in the SA and ENG to get used to the pitches this will help the players for the future...

  • Sandip on August 7, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Yet another resilient youth performance had been seen from TEAM IND_U19. Vijay Zol, Ankush Bains, Akhil Herwadkar, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, AR Lamba, Chama V Milind, AA Gani, Khajuria & S S Iyer are the stars of Future IND. They were outstanding for last few weeks. On top of that they are performing on the foreign soil where all other teams including Hosts were struggling. The notable thing about the team is that has most of players from the age of 15 to 17 years old. This is purely youngest team of all who are dominating on 18+ years old Teams. They don't mind the type of wickets whether it is fast or spin track. Bravo IND_U19………Keep the Good Work.

  • Naresh on August 7, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    ZOL is a Ganguly in the making. Left hander and captaincy material. His future looks good but has a long way to go. @vinu you're right about Sampson - one failure does not make a person bad. He has been performing both in Aust and now in SL not to mention his talent display in the last IPL.

  • vinu on August 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Dear Shashipathy Katikaneni, can you please explain why you are disappointed with Sanju Samson, if following scores of Sanju Samson I got from cricinfo website are correct.

    1st youth test 1st innings -89 (169balls) ** India bat only one innings 2nd youth test 1st innings -70 (122balls) 1st innings -26 not out (122balls) 1st Youth ODI 58 (56 balls), he got out in the 47 over only. 2nd Youth ODI 3 ( 8 balls) .

    From my knowledge his only failure is only in the 2nd ODI. So my dear friend, please don't put comments about something if you are not sure. AND PLEASE PLEASE DON'T PULL IPL IN TO EVERYTHING.

  • Srinivasan on August 7, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Whatever maybe the format, senior team or U19s, if India plays SL, there is only 1 result. India is making a habit of beating SL for fun these days. Long may this continue.

  • shripad on August 7, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Zol and Herwadkar needs to be fast tracked to First class and India A level. Both are scoring way too easily at U-19 level. Needs to be pushed right now this season to slightly upper level. Who knows, they might cut to India International grade quickly. Even though India has great ODI team at the moment, we dont know how many of them will be in good form in 2 years when it is time for WC. Better to see if couple of these youngsters can hit the serious form at higher levels quickly. Chances like those is what got Kohli where he is now. Time to do it again with these 2 and couple of bowlers as well.

  • Sarath on August 7, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    been badly placed among other Test playing Countries. After all, it is glad to see the Country's young Cricketers performing this well with little training & 1st Class experience.Stats can be verified at a good websites like Cricinfo

  • Sarath on August 7, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    India is a country with a huge Cricket population. This number is getting increased day by day totally due to the vast publicity & encouragement given to the Game particularly by its media net-work(one of the best, if not the best). They do have a very well organised Cricket Administration that knows importance of young Cricketers in the Country. That is why its youngsters are given ample training as much as that has been given to the seniors. One good example is the organising of the quadrangular T'ment involving IND,ENG,AUS & NZ in AUS, in April 2012 four months before the Youth WC in August. This proper planning could have helped them to win the Tournament at the end. Here youngsters are neglected and the Game is confined to certain areas only, the National teams are comprised of players mainly from the West & South coastal areas. If not for this encouragement that the youngsters getting from watching the Indian 24-hour Cricket channels, the Country's Cricket would have2bCNTD

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Seems like Zol is the only consistent player. Kind of disappointed with Samson. For a player who got so much hype in the IPL his scores are not very encouraging. Need other batsmen to put in some numbers.

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