Kolkata, Nov 29 (IANS) A stupendous bowling effort coupled with a quickfire half-century by Sarfaraz Khan saw the India Under-19 team beat Bangladesh Under-19 by seven wickets in the tri-series final at the Jadavpur University ground here on Sunday. Having bowled out Bangladesh U-19 for a paltry 116 runs, the Indians were in a spot of bother at 42/3.
But then Sarfaraz took matters in his own hands and clobbered the bowlers to all parts of the park to blast an unbeaten 27-ball 59. The Bangalore Royal Challengers batsman was well supported by captain Ricky Bhui who remained not out on 20. The triumph would give the Indians a huge morale boost before the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in January next year.
The hosts got off to a bit of a flyer here with openers Washington Sundar and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant taking the attack to the opposition. But then Bangladesh struck back with three quick wickets. But then it was all about the Sarfaraz show as the burly right-hander ensured whatever he could get to would either fly over the ropes or crash to the fence in turn smashed the fastest half-century of the tourney. The ones he mishit also flew past the fielders giving them no chance.
The effort also won him the man-of-the-match award. Earlier in the day, the visitors decided to bat after winning the toss, but the Indian bowlers bundled them out for a mere 116. They picked up early wickets upfront which left Bangladesh struggling at 13/2. The men in green and red recovered a little from the early struggle as Joyraj Sheik Imon and Najmul Hossain Shanto put on a partnership of 54 runs.
But Imon (28) got out thereafter and skipper Mehidy Hassan Miraz could not contribute anything to the scorecard. Next to walk back to the pavilion was the well set Shanto (45) after which the Bangladesh batsmen could not even put up a five. For the Indians left-arm off spinner Mayank Dagar bagged figures of 3/32 which was the best of the game.
Scorecard of the Under-19 cricket tri-series final between India and Bangladesh at the Jadavpur University ground here on Sunday.
Mohammed Saif Hassan b S.K.K. Ahmed 8 Pinak Ghosh Run Out Ricky Bhui 2 Joyraj Sheik Imon c M S Washington Sundar b Shubham Mavi 28 Md. Najmul Hossain Shanto b M.J. Dagar 45 Md.Mehidy Hassan Miraz c M.S. Washington Sundar b M.J. Dagar 0 Jaker Ali Anik lbw M.K. Lomror 24 Md.Shaif Uddin lbw M.J Dagar 0 Saeed Sarker c Rishabh Pant b Shubham Mavi 0 Rifat Pradhan c Ricky Bhui b Avesh Khan 0 Saleh Ahmed Shawon Gazi c Ishan Kishan b M.K. Lomror 1 Mohammad Abdul Halim not out 2 Extras (nb 0, w 5, b 0, lb 1) 6 Total (all out; 36.5 overs) 116
Bowling: Avesh Khan 5.5-2-18-1 S.K.K. Ahmed 6-2-11-1 M.S. Washington Sundar 5-0-22-0 M.J. Dagar 9-0-32-3 Shubham Mavi 7-2-21-2 M.K. Lomror 4-2-11-2
Fall of Wickets: 1-10 (Mohammed Saif Hassan, 3.2 overs) , 2-13 (Ghosh, 6.4) , 3-67 (Sheik Imon, 18.2) , 4-68 (Hassan Miraz, 19.3) , 5-96 (Najmul Hossain Shanto, 27.4) , 6-96 (Uddin, 27.6) , 7-113 (Ali Anik, 31.2) , 8-113 (Sarker, 32.1) , 9-114 (Ahmed Shawon Gazi, 35.1) , 10-116 (Pradhan, 36.5)
M.S. Washington Sundar b Saeed Sarker 12 Rishabh Pant c Saleh Ahmed Shawon Gazi b Md.Mehidy Hassan Miraz 26 A N Khare c Md.Mehidy Hassan Miraz b Saleh Ahmed Shawon Gazi 0 Ricky Bhui not out 20 S.N. Khan not out 59
Extras (nb 0, w 0, b 0, lb 0) 0
Total (three wickets; 13.3 overs) 117
Bowling: Saeed Sarker 30-0-23-1 Rifat Pradhan 2-0-15-0 Md.Mehidy Hassan Miraz 4-0-27-1 Saleh Ahmed Shawon Gazi 3-1-35-1 Mohammad Abdul Halim 1-0-16-0 Md. Najmul Hossain Shanto 0.3-0-1-0 Fall of Wickets: 1-38 (S Washington Sundar, 4.4 overs) , 2-38 (Pant, 5.1) , 3-42 (N Khare, 6.3)