Kuldeep Yadav becomes first Indian to claim hat-trick in U-19 World Cup

Kuldeep Yadav's spin left Scotland reeling as the 19-year-old from Kanpur returned figures of 4/28 to halt the opposition on 88.

Updated: February 17, 2014 22:39 IST
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Left arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (4/28) became the first Indian bowler, and second overall, to take a hat-trick in the U-19 World Cup when he scalped Nick Farrar (0), Kyle Stirling (0) and Alex Baum (5). Later on, he also went on to pick Mark Watt (0). Varanasi boy Aamir Gani, on the other hand, displayed his skills to notch 4/28 in 9.4 overs, finishing off the Scottish innings.

Chasing a paltry target of 89, the Indian top five perished for single digits, including skipper Vijay Zol (4), as India was tottering at 22/5. India almost made a mess of things when it slipped to 22/5 with left-arm spinner Chayank Gosain (3/31) and Main (2/20) causing the damage. But Sarfaraz Khan (45 not out) and Deepak Hooda (25 not out) struck the all important 70-run sixth-wicket partnership to take the defending champions home. Hooda scored two fours and gave good support to Khan, who hit five boundaries and a six in his 51-ball innings.

The slow left-arm chinaman bowler was ruthless after Scotland opted to bat in the Group A match in Dubai. Indian bowlers struck early with Scotland reduced to 54/3 in 17 overs. The 19-year-old Yadav was brought into the attack and he struck immediately - dismissing Nick Farrar, Kyle Stirling and Alex Baum to leave the middle-order in complete shambles.

Having played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, Yadav made full use of his experience of having interacted with top stars of the game. He followed up his three wickets with another success when he got rid of No. 10 batsman Mark Watt.

Yadav - who was recently bought by Kolkata Knight Riders during Indian Premier League auctions for INR 40 lakhs - got good support from fellow spinner Aamir Gani (17) who claimed four wickets as well to leave Scotland with an embarrassing batting scorecard.

India had earlier defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 40 runs in the opening match of the tournament.

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