Vijay Zol slams century as India U-19 beat New Zealand by 165 runs

Vijay Zol (right) slammed 128 from 131 deliveries to set up a massive win for India U-19 against New Zealand © Getty Images (File Pic)

Darwin (Australia): Jul 4, 2013

Skipper Vijay Zol continued his fine form as his century helped India colts thrash New Zealand by a whopping margin of 165 runs to register their third victory in an U-19 Tri-series match being held in Darwin on Thursday.

The left-hander and senior-most player i1n the side, Zol smashed 128 off 131 balls to power India to 276 for six in 50 overs and then bowlers produced a fine effort to skittle out New Zealand for 111 in 42 overs.

The victory has all but sealed India’s place in the final of the tournament.

After the early dismissal of opener Ankush Bains (5), Zol in company of Mumbai youngster Akhil Herwadkar (55) added 105 runs for the second wicket to steady the innings. During his knock, the stylish Maharashtra left-hander Zol hit 16 boundaries and a big six. Medium pacer Kyle Jamieson got some harsh treatment from the two Indian batsmen.

After Herwadkar’s dismissal, Sanju Samson (11) and Mohammed Saif (17) didn’t last long as India were in a spot of bother at 171 for four but Zol found an able ally in Sarfaraz Khan who hit a quickfire 29-ball 30. More importantly, he was involved in a 94-run stand for the fifth wicket with his skipper which took India past 250-run mark.

With the pitch at the Marrara Cricket Ground assisting seamers, India’s quartet of left-arm seamers Chama Milind (two for 16), Kuldeep Yadav (three for 22) along with right-arm medium fast bowlers Abhimanyu Lamba (two for 21) and Atul Singh (one for 14) ran through the Kiwis top-order.

After losing six wickets for only 35 runs, there was no chance of making a comeback and Indians coasted to an easy victory. Only Ken McClure (41) provided some lone resistance.

Brief scores:

India U-19: 276 for 6 in 50 overs (Vijay Zol 128, Akhil Herwadkar 55) beat New Zealand 111 in 42 overs (Ken McClure 41, Kuldeep Yadav 3 for 22) by 165 runs.