A four-wicket haul from Rex Singh and three wickets from Anshul Kamboj helped the India U19s complete an emphatic innings and 158-run victory over the SA U19s in Trivandrum on Thursday.
The victory handed the Indian youth team a 2-0 series win. Singh walked away with figures of 4-18 from his 9.4 overs, while Kamboj had a return of 3-20 to bowl out the visitors for 85 in 45.4 overs in the first session of Day Three.
Captain Matthew Montgomery and Andile Mogakane began the day at the crease with South Africa still facing an uphill battle to stay in the contest, following two centuries from India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal (173) and Vaibhav Kandpal (122).
Starting the day still behind by 193 runs, the pair’s stint in the middle was short-lived. Mogakane and Montgomery were both caught behind for 15 and 36 runs respectively, leaving the tourists 70-4 after 30.2 overs.
Things fell apart for the South African youngsters when a further five wickets were lost for just 11 runs.
Bryce Parsons (6) succumbed to the right-arm spinner, Manishi (2-30) before Kamboj added his third wicket of the morning after enticing Bonga Makaka (14) into an aggressive shot, which was well-caught by the fielder on the boundary. Hrithik Shokeen then joined his teammates in celebration after trapping Nonelela Yikha lbw for three to leave the SA U19s reeling on 81-7.
The diminutive left-arm seamer Singh then wrapped up the remaining three wickets. He picked up the scalps of Luke Beaufort (1) and Siya Plaatjie (0) before sealing the convincing win for his side by removing Lifa Ntanzi for four.
Jaiswal was awarded the Man of the Match award for his superb first innings knock, while his teammate Hrithik Shokeen was named the Player of the Series for his 10 wickets in the two matches.
The Youth Quadrangular One-Day International series, featuring India U19s, India U19s B and Afghanistan U19s gets under way from Tuesday 5 March, with South Africa taking on India at the Greenfield International Stadium in Trivandrum.
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