Propelled by Himanshu Rana’s century, India Under-19's registered a 202-run win over hosts Malaysia Under-19s in their first game of the Asian Cricket Council’s Youth Asia Cup 2017. After setting a target of 311 runs, the Indian bowling attack bundled out Malaysia for a paltry 108.
Electing to bat first, India raised a mountainous total at the Kinrara Oval. After SAS Mumbarak sent back Manjot Kalra ending the opening stand for 62, Rana joined hands with Riyan Parag to build the innings. 55 runs later, Parag was dismissed by MAM Yusof leaving the team on 117 for two. Rana was then complemented by Salman Khan in consolidating the innings. The Rana-Salman pair had added 115-runs for the third wicket until the opener returned to the pavilion for 107.
With a little over eight overs left in the Indian innings, MHM Khair accounted for Rana to leave the team on 232 for three. The middle-order then played cameos to boost the total. As the batsmen looked to add quick runs to the total, Salman was sent back for 67 by Khair, who had also claimed Abhiskek Sharma a bit earlier. Darshan Nalkande contributed 25 off 14 until he was sent back by Khair. Harvik Desai remained not out on 12 as India set the opposition a formidable target.
Defending the total, Arshdeep Singh ended Malaysia’s opening stand for 31 with the wicket of SAS Mubarak while Vivekanand Tiwary claimed SU Malik to leave the hosts on 43 for two. 10 runs later, Shiva Singh accounted for Muhammad Amir while Tiwary followed up with the wicket of Shaunvinder Singh to leave the Malaysian colts on 67 for four.
Nalkande then further tightened the noose by effecting a run-out and claiming three wickets to leave the opponents on 87 for eight. After running out Vishvaruben Kumar, he followed up with the wickets of Khair and Muhammad Irfaq off successive deliveries with the score still on 86. In his next over, he claimed opener Virandeep Jagjit Singh (52) to put India firmly in the driver’s seat. A bit later, Shiva accounted for HM Khair to leave Malaysia on 103 for nine and five runs later Tanush Kotian wrapped up the Malaysia innings with the wicket of WA Zulkarnian.
Nalkande finished with three for 43 while Tiwary and Shiva claimed 2/16 each. Arshdeep and Kotian chipped in with a wicket each to bowl India to a thumping win.
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