New Delhi: India earned a 90-run victory over Sri Lanka in an opening group league encounter of the ICC U-19 World Cup on Sunday.
Batting first, India scored a competitive 297 for 4, riding on half-centuries from their premier batsmen — opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (59 off 74 balls) and skipper Priyam Garg (56 off 72 balls). There were significant contributions from vice-captain Dhruv Jurel (52 off 48 balls) and late entrant all-rounder Siddhesh Veer (44 off 27 balls and 2/34 in 6 overs), which took the total close to the 300-run mark.
The bowlers then kept the Lankan batsmen under check, bowling them out for 207 in 45.2 overs.
In reply, Sri Lanka had a terrible start as they lost the first wicket on 19 runs. However, Kamil Mishara and Ravindu Rasantha showed some fight in between by adding 87 runs for the first wicket before Yashasvi dismissed Rasantha on 49.
After Rasantha’s wicket, Sri Lanka kept on losing their batsmen at regular intervals and got all out on 207. Siddhesh, Ravi Bishnoi, and Akash Singh were the pick of bowlers taking two wickets each.
The ‘Boys in Blue’ will face Japan in their next encounter on Tuesday (Jan 21) at Manguang Oval, Bloemfontein.