India Under-19 bowled out South Africa Under-19 for 197 in their first innings
India Under-19 bowled out South Africa Under-19 for 197 in their first innings

India Under-19 off spinner Hrithik Shokeen claimed 4/50 on day one of the 1st youth Test,  helping his team bundle out South Africa Under-19 for 197 in their first innings at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

In reply, India finished the day at 95/3 with opener Divyaansh Saxena remaining unbeaten on 44.

Opting to bat first, SA were jolted early with pacer Anshul Kamboj claiming both the openers – Thamsanqa Khumalo (0) and Jonathan Bird (4) – early. The good start was capitalised by the Indian bowlers with regular strikes denting SA’s progress.

Bihar’s Sabir Khan claimed the third wicket to fall in the form of Andile Mokgakane for 20, before a 65-run stand between SA skipper Matthew Montgomery and Bonga Makhakha give the visitors some respite.

Delhi’s Shokeen then got into the act removing both well-set batsmen in the span of eight overs with Makhakha departing for 31 and Montgomery trapped in front for 57. From 129/5, SA lost their last five wickets for just 68 runs with Shokeen claiming two more wickets and Sabir adding one more to his tally. Rajasthan’s left-arm spinner Manav Suthar picked 1/41.

For SA, No.6 batsman Bryce Parsons resisted for 121 balls, top-scoring with 58 as his team’s first innings folded in 67.5 overs.

India lost their opener, Kerala’s Varun Nayanar, for a three-ball duck to Lifa Ntanzi in the first over, before Saxena and Vathsal Govind added 36 runs for the second wicket. Govind was the second wicket to fall on 23 to Marco Jansen. Yashaswi Jaiswal and Saxena then put on 59 runs for the third wicket, but the partnership was broken at the stroke of stumps when Jaiswal departed for 24 to Parsons.

Brief Scores: India Under-19 95/3 (Divyaansh Saxena 44*; Bryce Parsons 1/1) trail South Africa Under-19 197 (Bryce Parsons 58; Matthew Montgomery 57; Hrithik Shokeen 4/50) by 102 runs