India thrashed Sri Lanka by 90 works within their very first match

Tanya Simon
January 21, 2020

Group C has been a witness to a couple of one-sided affairs thus far. The "Boys in Blue" also beat Afghanistan comprehensively in a practice game.

The spinner shone to help dismiss the host nation for 129 before Imran Mir (57) and Ibrahim Zadran (52) struck impressive half-centuries to make light work of the chase in Kimberley. Tomas Mackintosh and Syed Shah got into the double digits, but bothy couldn't carry on.

Pacer Tahir Hussain got the Boys in Green off to the ideal start after dismissing both openers in the very first over of the game, including skipper Angus Guy for a second-ball duck. From there, right-arm fast bowler Mohammad Abbas Jr came to the party.

Chasing the target of 268, England started pretty well and posted 50 runs without losing a wicket.

Opener Leonardo Julien made 40 off 57 balls while putting on 47 runs for the first wicket with skipper Kimani Melius (24).

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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.

In Group A, India and Sri Lanka locked horns at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley. Tilak Varma and Siddhesh Veer also chipped in with scores in the 40s.

Matheesha Pathirana, Sri Lanka U19's fast bowler, stole the headlines on Sunday in an ICC U19 World Cup match in Bloemfontein because of a rather innocuous delivery to India U19's Yashasvi Jaiswal which went for a wide. Once they got out, the innings fell away and India kept turning the screws.

While Sri Lanka captain Nipun Dananjaya scored a fifty, it was not enough as India bowled out Sri Lanka Under 19 for 207. Although New Zealand, batting first, scored 195 runs in 28.5 overs on the lack of two wickets, however then the match couldn't be accomplished. Pakistan eventually won the game by seven wickets, starting their World Cup campaign with a win.

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