U-19 Asia Cup: Captain Yash Dhull stars in India’s win over South Africa in Guyana.© ICC/Twitter
Captain Yash Dhull played with the bat while Vicky Ostwal delivered the goods with the ball as India defeated South Africa in their opening match of the U-19 Cricket World Cup at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday. After batting first, India lost both openers Harnoor Singh and Angkrish Raghuvanshi early when Aphiwe Mnyanda struck twice. But Dhull and Sheik Rasheed kept things steady, adding 72 runs for the third wicket before the latter was dismissed at 31.
Dhull, however, continued his vigil, scoring 82 from 100 balls as Nishant Sindhu and Kaushal Tambe nearly made a handy contribution for the four-time champion.
Their efforts helped India to post a total of 232 for all.
Matthew Boast was the South African bowlers’ choice, taking three wickets for 40 runs. Meanwhile, Mnyanda and Dewald Brewis also took two wickets each.
South Africa hunted for a goal of 233, but didn’t take advantage of a good start from Valintine Kitime (25) and Brewis (65), as they were eventually eliminated for 187.
Ostwal took a five-for while Raj Bawa took four for 47, while India took a convincing 45-run victory to kick off their U-19 World Cup campaign.
With this win, India climbed to the top of Group C ahead of Ireland, who defeated Uganda by 39 runs in the other game at Georgetown.
India now face Ireland at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad on January 19, before taking on Uganda in their final group match on January 22 at the same stadium.
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