Bangalore: Deepak Hooda led the way as India Under-19 beat Zimbabwe Under-19 by the whopping margin of 148 runs in their opening game of the quadrangular one-day series at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium on Monday (September 23). Hooda's unbeaten 83 was backed up by useful contributions from Ankush Bains (49) and Sarfraz Khan (55). India posted 291 for 6 in 50 overs after having won the toss and electing to bat. Kieran Gayle picked up three wickets, while Luke Jongwe picked up two.
Kuldeep Yadav spoiled Zimbabwe's chase dismissing both openers fairly early, with only 36 on the board. Their recovery efforts thereafter were hampered by Aamir Gani, who picked up top-scorer Ryan Hurl for 46 and Jongwe, both in the 31st over. Hooda then picked up Charles Kwinje and Malcolm Lake, the captain, as Zimbabwe slipped to 122 for 8.
Kuldeep then returned for a final spell and cleaned up the tail, picking up two more wickets. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 143 in 41.2 overs and Yadav finished with figures of 4-40, while Gani, Sarfraz and Hooda picked up two apiece.
Meanwhile, South Africa Under-19 clinched a 17-run win against Australia Under-19 at the Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium in the same city.
South Africa got off to a shaky start after having won the toss and electing to bat as they lost both openers with 30 runs on the board. An important 48 off 53 balls by Bradley Dial and a late contribution by Justin Dill took the total to 179 as South Africa were bowled out in 44 overs. Australia got off to a steady start as Damien Mortimer and Jason Morgan set up a platform for the chase, until spin was introduced and caused a collapse.
Australia lost their first wicket for 40 and slipped to 67 for 4 as Yaseen Valli picked up two wickets in consecutive overs. Australia were bowled out for 162 in 44.2 overs, falling short by 17 runs.