HARARE – Deepak Hooda powered India Under-19s to 291 in their 50 overs before Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets to set up a massive 148-run win over Zimbabwe Under-19s.
Hooda cut loose after a 77-run stand with Sarfaraz Khan was broken in the 45th over. India leaped from 219 for 6 to 291 as Hooda dominated a seventh-wicket stand of 72 runs with Aamir Gani, who contributed only 14.
Wicketkeeper Ankush Bains and captain Vijay Zol gave India a solid start, but India wobbled primarily because of Kieran Geyle’s three for 32. Hooda’s 83 off 55 balls, however, with five fours and five sixes, transformed the innings.
Zimbabwe’s chase was hampered early when Yadav dismissed the openers with only 36 runs on the board and their recovery efforts were foiled by the Hooda-Gani combination again.
Off-spinner Gani’s double-strike in the 31st over accounted for the innings top-scorer Ryan Hurl, for 46, and Luke Jongwe.
With the score at 116 for 5, Hooda dismissed Charles Kwinje and later captain Malcolm Lake for 13. Yadav returned to finish off the tail, claiming two more wickets.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe coach Walter Chawaguta said his team’s 148-run defeat against host India in their first match of the on-going Quadrangular one day series in Visakhapatnam was a result of lack of self-belief.
The locals are currently in India where they are taking part in a four-team one day series championship with Australia, host India and African neighbours South Africa. Zimbabwe play Australia in their second match at the same venue tomorrow.
Zimbabwe had their moments in the match, taking the first three wickets inside 19.2 overs with the host still on 87. After 27 overs India Under-19 had lost their fourth wicket on 146-4 and 142-5 by the 32nd over.
The young Zimbabwean lads failed to build on their momentum and India took advantage of that, which saw them end their innings on 291-6.
Left-arm spinner Kieran Gyle picked three wickets for 32 runs from 10 overs while seamer Luke Jongwe took two wickets for 59 runs from nine overs.
“We didn’t bowl well in the first 10 overs then the spinners pulled it back well but our death bowling let us down,” Chawaguta told the Daily News from India yesterday.
“We failed to execute the plans and one of their middle order batsmen (Deepak Hooda) took it away.
“Our batting was jittery, we were feeling our way around, our nerves messed up our start and after that it was a question of a little too late,” he added.
“Their spinners bowled well and we played them confidently but our shot selection was not at par with the way we play.
“Our skills are at par with them but our self-belief is not.
“We just need to back our natural ability because our skills are good enough.” — Additional reporting by Cricinfo