Vijay Zol slams unbeaten ton to guide India U-19 to 333/2 on Day 1

Vijay Zol (above) added an unbeaten stand of 169 runs with Sanju Samson for the third wicket © Getty Images (file picture)

Dambulla: Jul 23, 2013

Skipper Vijay Zol continued with his brilliant form as his unbeaten century helped India reach a commanding 333 for two against Sri Lanka at stumps on the opening day of the first U-19 Youth ‘Test’ match, at Dambulla on Tuesday.

Sri Lankan captain Kusal Mendis’s decision to field backfired badly as Zol along with Sanju Samson added 169 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand after openers Shubham Khajuria (52) and Akhil Herwardkar (71) provided a solid start with 79-run opening stand.

The second-wicket partnership between Zol and Herwadkar was also fruitful one which yielded 85 runs.

Left-handed Zol, who has been a star performer at the colts level, started from where he had left during the recently concluded tri-series in Australia as he faced 213 balls hitting 14 fours and a six. He was in a mood to punish the spinners using his feet to perfection.

Indian Premier League (IPL) star Samson also got his first significant score at this level after a moderate tour Down Under. Samson had 11 hits to the fence en route his 147-ball knock.

It was Jammu-boy Khajuria who started attacking the bowlers from the word go as he smashed 10 boundaries in his 61-ball knock but was the only batsman to be dismissed in the first session. It was left-arm spinner Lakshan Jayasinghe who dismissed Khajuria caught by Sadira Samarawickrama.

The only wicket that fell in the second session was of left-handed Herwadkar who tried to cut an off-break from Ramesh Mendis only to edge it to Kusal behind the stumps.

Herwadkar faced 125 deliveries and hit nine fours in the process.

Brief scores:

India U-19: 333 for 2 (Vijay Zol 129*, Sanju Samson 74*, Akhil Herwadkar 71, Shubham Khajuria 52) vs Sri Lanka U-19