Townsville (Queensland): Apr 13, 2012
Skipper Unmukt Chand led from the front with a smashing 94 as India comfortably beat England by 63 runs in the semi-final of the U-19 Quadrangular Championship on Friday.
Being put into bat at the Tony Ireland Stadium, India scored 239 in 49.1 overs with Unmukt missing out on a century by just six runs. He scored 94 in 110 deliveries with six boundaries and four sixes. In reply, England were bowled out for 176 in 44.5 overs with left-arm seamer Mohsin Sayyed scalping four for 31.
India were in a spot of bother when they were reduced to 108 for five but a 90-run sixth wicket stand between Unmukt who came in at one down and Samit Patel (53, 1x4, 3x6) steadied the ship. Skipper Adam Ball was the most successful bowler with figures of three for 39.
While chasing, Punjab medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma (3 for 32) dealt three quick blows as England were tottering at 65 for six within first 20 overs. Sayyed then ran through the middle-order as England were never in contention of chasing down the 240-run target.
Unmukt, who has already played 11 first-class matches, was adjudged man-of-the-match.
Brief Scores: India U-19 239 in 49.1 overs (U Chand 94, S Patel 53, A Ball 3 for 31) bt England U-19 176 in 44.5 overs (A Ball 39, M Sayyed 4 for 31, S Sharma 3 for 32) by 63 runs