SA routed by India teens

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 06: Justin Dill bowls dring the South African U19 National cricket team training camp at Sinoville Oval on July 06, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

The Indian Under-19 cricket team handed the South African Under-19s an absolute hiding in the final of the Youth Quadrangular Series final, claiming a massive 203-run win.

Put in to bat, India made 267/6 in their 50 overs before bundling out the South Africans for 66 in 28.1 overs. Mumbai wonder-kid Sarfaraz Khan starred for the hosts with an unbeaten 67 and then took two wickets.

It was a near-perfect performance by the Indians, who suffered just one loss during the tournament, which also featured Australia and Zimbabwe.

After being sent in to bat, India did not make the best of starts with opener Ankush Bains (1) departing with just three runs on the board. But opener Akhil Herwadkar (25) and skipper Vijay Zol (71), steadied the ship with a 51-run second-wicket stand.

The partnership ended when Herwadkar was dismissed by Justin Dill, above, in the 15th over, caught by Yaseen Valli. Herwadkar’s 46-ball stay featured a four and a six. But the dismissal did little to unsettle the hosts, who relied on steady contributions from their middle-order batsmen.

Zol shared a 61-run stand with Ricky Bhui (46) before becoming Hayes van der Berg’s only victim. Following Zol’s wicket, Sarfaraz, the 15-year-old who smashed a hundred against the same opponents earlier in the tournament, walked in and continued his fine form with his 58-ball knock, which included six fours.

He was given good support lower down the order by Deepak Hooda (32). Dill was the most successful bowler with 3/63 from his 10 overs. South Africa could not have imagined a worse start as half of the side found themselves back in the pavilion in less than 20 overs with just 51 runs on the board.

No 3 Jason Smith (23) and skipper Yaseen Valli (13) were the only batsmen to reach double figures in a shambolic performance. Three of their batsmen failed to get off the mark while the rest of them were stifled by the disciplined performance of the Indian bowlers.

It was a superb bowling display from the Indians, the best figures coming from Aamir Gani who took 3/18 in 5.1 overs. Sarfaraz and Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets apiece, rounding off a brilliant day for the hosts.

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