The Indian U-19 team came out with a stupendous bowling performance as they defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 147 runs on the final day of the second Youth Test, thereby clinching the two-match series 2-0.
Left-arm pacer Siddharth Desai (4/40) was pick of the Indian bowlers while Yatin Mangwani (2/9), Ayush Badoni (2/17) scalped two-two wickets each as the hosts were bundled out for mere 150 runs at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota on Friday. Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun also picked a wicket along with left-arm pacer Mohit Jhangra.
On Thursday, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 316 in 114.3 overs in their first innings and were asked to follow on. Resuming at the overnight score of 47-3, none of the Sri Lankan batters was able to stay much at the wicket and fell like a pack of cards before getting bowled out in 62.2 overs.
Earlier, after winning the toss, India rode on a record-shattering 282-run knock from young Maharashtra batsman Pawan Shah to post a mammoth score of 613-8 dec in their first innings. Shah, who scored the second highest individual score in U-19 internationals, smashed 33 fours and 1 six. His 282 came off 332 balls with 33 boundaries and a six in just under seven hours.
He failed to beat Australian Clinton Peake’s 304 not out against India in Melbourne in 1995, which is still the highest score at this U-19 level. The highlight of his knock was six consecutive boundaries off left-arm seamer Vichithra Perera in the 108th over of the innings. The first boundary got him to his double hundred. READ MORE
India had won the first Youth Test by an innings and 21 runs in Colombo.
The two teams will now play five Youth ODIs starting July 30 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.