Anukul Roy. Image Courtesy: Web

The Indian U-19 team defeated the England U-19 comprehensively in the 1st Youth ODI held at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. It was a brilliant all-round showing by Anukul Roy which helped the Indian Colts register a comprehensive victory against England in the opening ODI. Batting first the English duo of Liam Banks and Liam Prevaskis provided the hosts with an ideal start as England didn’t lose a wicket until the 19th over.

Though the scoring rate was not on the higher side but with all 10 wickets in hand, England looked in a comfortable position but with the fall of Trevaskis’ wicket England kept losing wickets at regular intervals and was unable to stitch together any substantial partnerships. Shivam Mavi and Rahul Chahar bagged 3 wickets each while Anukul Roy was the wrecker in chief bagging 4/30 in 9 overs.

Banks was the top scorer for England for England with a sedate 79 balls 43 while his opening partner Trevaskis also contributed with 33. The English batsmen failed to press on the accelerator and kept losing wickets at regular intervals which never allowed them to break the shackles. The hosts were eventually bowled out for 188 in the 47th over and India needed to bat sensibly to take a 1-0 lead in the 5 match series.

India was pegged back early and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill scored 21 and 27 respectively but apart from them, the top order failed to fire as the visitors were reeling at 70/5 and the match was heavily tilted in favour of the hosts. It needed a special effort from India to win the match from there on and it was Salman Khan and Anukul Roy who stitched together an unbeaten 115 runs partnership to ensure India chased the total down without the loss of any more wickets.

Salman Khan remained unbeaten on 69 smashing 10 fours in the process, while Anukul Roy remained unbeaten on 43, an innings laced with 4 fours and a solitary six.

Brief Scores:

England u-19 185 all-out in 46.5 overs (Liam Banks 43, Anukul Roy 4/30)

India u-19 185/5 in 34.3 overs (Salman Khan 69*, Anukul Roy 43*, Jack Plom 2/29)


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