Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Youth ODI, Dambulla August 8, 2013

Sarfaraz, Samson complete series win

ESPNcricinfo staff

India U-19 141 for 3 (Khajuria 34, Tyronne 2-27) beat Sri Lanka U-19 137 (Perera 50, Bhanuka 42, Sarfaraz 4-27) by 7 wickets

Sarfaraz Khan's four-wicket haul, along with Sanju Samson's unbeaten 31, helped India U-19 wrap up the ODI series against Sri Lanka 2-0 with a comfortable win in Dambulla.

India won the toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat. The openers didn't last long, with Abhimanyu Lamba removing Sadeera Samarawickrama for a duck. Sri Lanka continued to lose wickets through the first fourteen overs as the bowlers kept the scoring in check. Opener Minod Bhanuka did most of the scoring initially, scoring 42 in 53 balls, but he was dismissed in the 14th over. A 59-run stand between Priyamal Perera and Sanjika Ridma revived the Sri Lankan innings briefly, but Sarfaraz broke the partnership, dislodging Ridma for 23, to pick up the first of his four wickets.

Sarfaraz then tore into Sri Lanka's middle order, removing Thilaksha Sumanasiri and Roshan Anurudda soon after. Seven wickets fell for the addition of 27 runs as Sri Lanka crashed to 137 in the 40th over when Perera, on 50, was caught by Vijay to Zol to give Sarfaraz his best figures of 4 for 27. Kuldeep Yadav chipped in with 3 for 16.

Facing a below-par total, India started well, putting on 39 for the first wicket. Zol, who has been in prolific form with his last four innings reading 67, 76, 128 and 173, was only able to muster 23 before being caught by Saveen Nanayakkara off the bowling of AK Tyronne. In came Sanju Samson. He put on 29 with Shubham Khajuria (34), and then knocked off the remaining 38 with Mohammad Saif, ending the match with a six in the 33rd over.

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  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Hope Sarfaraz will keep his cool head and give importance to discipline. He can go a long way alongside Zol and Sanju

  • Giri on August 12, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    These guys will never get a chance in the frontline just like Rahane until people like Rohit Sharma retires.. It is true that Rohit is a talented 'Middle order' batsman. But to keep him in the team why did Indian team push him to open the innings after trying so many years in the middle order (failed)? Where as special openers like Rahane, M Vijay and so many others still warning the side bench? It is a shame that players still need 'godfathers' to get into the team.. When Rohit Sharma plays every single game (for what?), Rahane and others still rotating, one game per series.... forget these youngsters... they well never get into the Indian team unless politics and money leave the game alone!

  • Jayaesh on August 9, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Well played Indian boys, ideally this should have been a 5 match series as Indian or Lankan boys for that matter need as much 50 over practice before the u-19 WC in july next year, Indian boys will get busy with domestic season which starts from october but thankfully BCCI has arranged a quadrangular series started from 15 september , still in the intervening period BCCI could have arranged a 3 match series...

    Well with Zol and Samson being promoted to A side it would be interseting to see weather they come back to u-19 fold or not , although we have very talented batters but all of them are incredibly young and inexperienced with Sarfaraz Khan being just 15 !!!

  • darius on August 9, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    even if they hold matches in Mars,Jupitor,saturn,venus etc IND needs no effort to beat mediocre SL.....its just too easy for IND

  • Sakthi on August 9, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Indian kids doing very well !!! Cool !!!

  • Sandip on August 8, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    They are dominant throughout the entire the AUS & SL tour. Unlucky to wrap up the test series in SL. They are so good to take on their national side & sure to be triumphant which Proteas couldn't make it.

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