Timely fifties prop up India U-19

India Under-19 255 for 7 (Kauli 63, Tamay 56, Pervez 63) Pakistan Under-19 (Yo Mahesh 4-44, Chawla 4-50)

India Under-19 profited from three crucial half-centuries to reach 255 for 7 in their first innings on the first day of the four-day match against Pakistan Under-19 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Put in to bat by Pakistan U-19 captain Mohammad Ibrahim, India U-19 slipped to 95 for 3 before a 110-run fourth-wicket stand between Virat Kauli (63) and Tanmay Srivastava (55) lent stability to their first innings.

At the top of the order, opener Pervez Aziz held the innings together with 63 off 112 balls with 10 fours. Kauli smashed eight boundaries in his 121-ball knock while Tanmay struck two fours and a six off 137 balls before handing a catch back to new-ball bowler Mohammad Naved, who finished with 2 for 38.

Nayyar Abbas captured 2 for 57 while his fellow left-arm slow bowler Imad Wasim took 1 for 36. The Indian Under-19 side will play another four-day match at Peshawar from September 13 before clashing against Pakistan Under-19 in four one-day matches.