The India Under-19 team started their defence of the Asia Cup in style, beating Malaysia Under-19s by eight wickets at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
The Indians won the toss and chose to field, and between Sandeep Sharma, the right-arm medium pacer, and Rush Kalaria, the left-arm medium pacer, had the Malaysians on the mat at 29 for three by the eighth over.
The innings never gathered any momentum as Vikas Mishra, the left-arm spinner from Delhi, came up with a brilliant spell of 4 for 18 from 8.3 overs. Kalaria and Unmukt Chand, the Indian captain, also picked two wickets apiece as Malaysia U-19s were bowled out for just 126 in the 40th over.
In response, Manan Vohra, the Chandigarh right-hand batsman, and Chand put on 50 runs for the first wicket before Vohra fell for 26, leg before to Anwar Rahman. Chand also fell to the same bowler for a personal score of 37 in the 19th over.
But Baba Aparajith, the Tamil Nadu right-hand batsman, and Vijay Zol, the 17-year-old Maharashtra batsman, took India U-19s past the modest target with ease. Aparajith was unbeaten on 38 and Zol on 20 as the Indians finished things off in 31 overs.
Mishra was named the Man of the Match for his four-wicket spell.
India U-19s' second match is against Pakistan U-19s on Sunday.
Brief scores: Malaysia U-19s 126 all out from 39.3 overs (Derek Duraisingam 21; Vikas Mishra 4-18, Rush Kalaria 2-14) lost to India U-19s 130/2 from 31 overs (Baba Aparajith 38 n.o., Unmukt Chand 37; Anwar Rahman 2-43) by eight wickets