India U-19 side completed an emphatic victory (Picture Courtesy SLC)
India U-19 side being led off the field by Ayush Badoni after completing an emphatic victory over Sri Lanka U-19 (Picture Courtesy SLC)

Riding on Ayush Badoni’s all-round performance India U-19 got the better of Sri Lanka U-19 by an innings and 21 on the final day of the 1st Youth Test at the Nondescripts Cricket Ground in Colombo on Friday.  Badoni registered match figures of 6/91 to go along with his superb 185* as the India colts bowled out Sri Lanka for 244 in the first innings and 324 in the second. India U-19 had made 589 in their only innings of the match. Opener Atharwa Taide also got a century (113), while Mohit Jangra picked 5 for 72 in the second innings.

The day started off with Sri Lanka U-19 needing another 168 runs to make India U-19 bat again with 7 wickets in hand. The Sri Lankan batsmen MNK Fernando and P Sooriyabandara would have fancied their chances to survive initially and then take the game steadily to a draw on the last day at the Nondescripts Cricket Ground in Colombo in the 1st Youth Test. Akash Pandey got Sooriyabandara out after the duo had added another 32 runs in the morning to take the 4th wicket stand to a decent 67. Fernando added another 70 runs for the fifth wicket with ST Mendis before getting out for a well-compiled 78.

With Sri Lanka at 279/5, the Indian Colts picked up their game on a batting friendly deck and with some persistent bowling, they got the Sri Lankans all out for 324 just after lunch on the final day to clinch an innings and 21 run victory. LN Malinga did make a useful contribution of 23 but in the end could not avert an innings defeat for the home team. Mohit Jangra took a fifer the undefeated centurion from India’s innings Badoni picked up 2 wickets for 57 runs. Arjun Tendulkar finished off the proceedings with the wicket of Malinga to return 1/32 in 11.2 overs.

Earlier, Taide and Badoni clearly showed promise in the way they batted. Jangra and Harsh Tyagi (4/92) impressed with their bowling. For Sri Lanka, KNM Fernando scored 104 in the second innings and SMKS Senarathne returned figures of 6/170 when India batted.

India are scheduled to play one more Youth Test match and five ODIs. The second Youth Test will begin from July 24 in Hambantota while the ODIs begin from July 30 in Colombo and will be played till August 10.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka U19 244 (Sooriyabandara 69, Tyagi 4/92, Badoni 4/24) and 324 (Fernando 104, Jangra 5/72) lost to India U19 589 (Badoni 185*, Taide 113, Wadhera 82, Senarathne 6/170) by an innings and 21 runs.