Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2012: Chand, Patel steady India in the final against Australia

Unmukt Chand plays a shot during his knock of 64 not out Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Townsville: Aug 26, 2012

Under 19 captain Unmukt Chand and Smit Patel steadied India as they reached 135 for four from 35 overs in chase of 226 to win in ICC U 19 Cricket World Cup final against Australia on Sunday.

Chand remained unbeaten on 64 and Patel was batting on 22, as India foughtback after being reduced to 98 for four from 25 overs.

Chand and Patel added 38 runs for the fifth wicket at the Tony Ireland Stadium.

Chand’s knock of 64 came from 95 balls, studded with seven boundaries and two sixes.

Earlier, Chand showed aggressive intent right from the start and leathered five boundaries and two sixes to complete his half-century from 66 balls.

But, India stumbled as they lost Baba Aparajith and Hanuma Vihari in quick succession.

Aparajith fell to Gurinder Sandhu for 33, which came from 38 balls and five boundaries.

Vihari struggled against Australian bowlers, and could manage only four runs off 12 balls he faced.

India slipped further when Vijay Zol fell to Joel Paris in the 24th over, for one.

This was after India were brought back into the game by Chand and Aparajith, who added 73 runs for the second wicket, after Prashant Chopra fell early.

Earlier in the first innings, Willliam Bosisto struck a fluent 87 not out off 120 balls as Australia recovered from a disastrous start to put up a challenging 226-run target against India.

Brief Scores: Australia U 19 225 for 8 from 50 overs (Willliam Bosisto 87*, Ashton Turner 43, Travis Head 37; Sandeep Sharma 4 for 54) vs India U 19 135 for 5 from 25 overs (Unmukt Chand 64*, Baba Aparajith 33; Ashton Turner 1 for 17, Joel Paris 1 for 23, Mark Steketee 1 for 32, Gurinder Sandhu 1 for 37)