Indians sail past Afghanistan in opening clash

Champs post eight-wicket win


Indian skipper Ashok Maneria elected to field in the lop-sided encounter and his bowlers kept the faith by packing off the minnows for 118 in 49.2 overs.
Chasing the paltry target, Indian batsmen hardly broke a sweat and romped to 122 for two in just 25.2 overs.

For Afghanistan, skipper Noor-ul-Haq waged a lone battle with a painfully slow 61-run knock that came off 119 balls.
The rest of the Afghan line-up flopped in unison with eight batsmen failing to touch double figures.

India’s new-ball pair of Sandeep Sharma and Saurabh Netravalkar, who bowled for 20 overs in a row, were exceptionally hostile against an inexperienced team that defied the odds to make the cut for the elite under-19 event.

Netravalkar was the pick of the lot with figures of 2 for 23. Sandeep also scalped one and the duo shared three top-order wickets between them to peg back Afghanistan.
Later, spin twins Manan Sharma and Gaurav Jathar ripped through the lower half of the Afghan line-up picking up two wickets each. The chase was hardly a challenge for India, though the team did lose an early wicket in Mayank Agarwal (10). But Rahul Kannaur (35), Mandeep Singh (51 not out) and Maneria (15 not out) ensured that there were no further hiccups. Mandeep completed the formalities with a massive six which also brought up his half century.
India will next play Hong Kong on Sunday.

score board
Afghanistan: Javed Ahmadi (run out) 19, Zakiullah Zaki c Mandeep b Sandeep 1, Shir Shirzai c Harpreet b Netravalkar 4, Noor-ul-Haq c Jathar b Manan 61, Hashmatullah Shaidi c Harpreet b Netravalkar 0, Murad Ali c Shaikh b Unadkat 2, Afsar Khan st Shaikh b Jathar 12, Ayan Aminzai c Sandeep b Manan 6, Aftab Alam c Shaikh b Jathar 0, Izatullah Dawlatzai c Menaria b Unadkat 4, Yamin Ahmadzai (not out) 3.
Extras (LB-2, W-4) 6. Total (all out, 49.2 overs) 118.
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-22, 3-31, 4-31, 5-38, 6-82, 7-97, 8-99, 9-113.
Bowling: Sandeep 10-4-13-1, Netravalkar 10-4-23-2, Harpreet 9-0-17-0, Unadkat 6.2-1-17-2, Jathar 10-2-28-2, Manan 4-0-18-2.
India: Rahul Kannaur c Javed b Shirzai 35, Mayank Agarwal c Zakiullah b Aftab 10, Mandeep Singh (not out) 51, Ashok Menaria (not out) 15.
Extras (LB-3, W-7, NB-1) 11. Total (for 2 wkts, 25.2 overs) 122.
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-80.
Bowling: Aftab 7-0-24-1, Ahmadzai 6-0-27-0, Shirzai 4-0-29-1, Izatullah 5-0-21-0, Zakiullah Zaki 0.4-0-7-0, Aminzai 1.4-0-11, Javed Ahmadi 1-0-1-0.

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