Sanju Samson struck two boundaries and a six to score 68 © IANS (File photo)
Sanju Samson struck two boundaries and a six to score 68 © IANS (File photo)


Feb 15, 2015


Sanju Samson and Sarfaraz Khan added 119 runs for the fifth wicket to help India set a 263–run target against Pakistan in the seventh match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 at Dubai on Saturday. Electing to bat, India scored 262 for seven from their allotted 50 overs.


Samson scored 68 off 101 balls and Sarfaraz hit a quickfire 74 to help India revive from a precarious position of 94 for four from 20 overs.


Sarfaraz played strokes around the ground as he was the more aggressive one in the 119-run stand between him and Samson, which set the platform for a competitive total.


Sarfaraz’s score of 74, studded with five boundaries and a six is the highest individual score by an Indian batsmen in India versus Pakistan Under-19 cricket history.


Earlier in the innings, India were off to a flying start early on as openers Akhil Herwadkar and Ankush Bains punished the Pakistan bowlers for being wayward in the initial overs.


It was Bains who started the proceedings for India with consecutive boundaries off Pakistan’s pace spearhead Zia-Ul-Haq in the third over, and Herwadkar joined him with the similar show in the very next over off Mohammad Aftab.


Aftab showed aggressive intent right from the start but his effort had no effect on the openers who scored at a brisk rate to take their side past 50 in the eighth over of the game.  Bains had a special liking of Zia, as in his next over, he started off with a boundary and then clobbered a six over the leg side.


Bains was the first man to be dismissed, cleaned up by Irfanullah for 24 after adding 65 runs for the first wicket.


In the 10th over of the game, Zia returned to haunt India as he trapped their skipper Vijay Zol in front of the wicket for three.  The quick wickets halted India’s progress and they slipped to 94 for four after 20 overs as Akhil Herwadkar fell in the 18th over, after a fluent knock of 41.


Herwadkar, trying to play a cut shot, made room but completely missed the ball as Karamat Ali bagged a wicket in his first over of the match.


Ricky Bhui was caught and bowled in the 20th over.


It was then that Sarfaraz and Samson joined forces to bail India out of trouble. The two batsmen took time to settle in, and thwarted all threats produced by the Pakistan bowlers. Both the batsmen rotated the strike well, picking up easy singles to keep the scoreboard ticking.


However, there was a lean patch for India in the middle as for 93 deliveries not a boundary or a six was hit. In the 24th over, Samson danced down the track to smash a full toss from Karamat Ali for a six to break the shackles. Samson’s six also helped India cross the 100-run mark.


Towards the end of the innings, Deepak Hooda scored quick 22 runs to take India past the 250-run mark.


Brief scores:


India Under-19 262 for 7 in 50 overs (Akhil Herwadkar 41, Sanju Samson 68, Sarfaraz Khan 74; Irfanullah Shah 2 for 32) vs Pakistan Under-19


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