India Under-19 beat Papua New Guinea in practice match ahead of tri-nation series in Australia

Kuldeep Yadav was the strike bowler for India claiming four wickets for just 13 runs © Getty Images

Darwin: Jun 30, 2013

The India Under-19 team on Sunday posted a comprehensive 71-run victory over Papua New Guinea in a friendly match ahead of their tri-series games against counterparts from Australia and New Zealand.

Skipper Vijay Zol top-scored with a 46-ball 48 in a pathetic batting effort by the India U-19 side. Sent into bat, India were all out for 136 in 43.1 overs.

But the bowlers, led by Kuldeep Yadav’s 4/13, bundled out Papua New Guinea for just 65 in 36.5 overs to emerge comfortable winners.

For PNG, Sakavai Charlie Gebai (4/26) was the best bowler.

Zol struck six fours during what turned out to be the most crucial knock at the Tracy Village.

In another match, an impressive five-wicket haul by Matt Fotia helped Australia beat New Zealand by 19 runs at Marrara Oval.

New Zealand had been cruising in their chase of Australia’s total of 225 from 50 overs but fell short thanks to tight bowling by Fotia (5/38).

Cam Valente (2/30), Riley Ayre (1/30), Jeremy Maher (1/27) and Jake Doran (1/5) also chipped in.

Matt Short (37) and Tom Leaver (31) were the main contributors for Australia.