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India, Pakistan romp to U-19 wins


India, Pakistan romp to U-19 wins

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DEFENDING champions India easily beat Sri Lanka and Pakistan dismantled Scotland yesterday at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.

India began with an emphatic 90-run win over Sri Lanka in Bloemfontein.

Sent in to bat, Yashasvi Jaiswal set the tone early with a steady half-century (59 off 74) inside a 66-run opening stand with Divyansh Saxena as India racked up 297/4 in their 50 overs.

It was a strong show from the middle-order too, with Tilak Varma (46), captain Priyam Garg (56) and Dhruv Jurel (52) keeping the scorers busy with mature strokeplay until Siddhesh Veer’s belligerent 27-ball 44 took the total closer to 300. Sri Lanka’s fielding in the last ten overs didn’t help their cause.

It was always going to be a tall chase for Sri Lanka, and so it proved to be. Kartik Tyagi topped speeds of 145 kmph with the new ball and got tremendous support from the rest of the bowlers – Akash Singh, Siddhesh Veer and Ravi Bishnoi picked a couple of wickets each – as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 207 in 45.2 overs. (Cricbuzz)

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