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U-19 tri-series: Rishab Pant stars as India beat Afghanistan to register second win

Kolkata: The Indian Under-19 cricket team registered their second successive win in the tri-series as they beat Afghanistan by 33 runs at the Jadavpur University ground here on Saturday.

India's Rishab Pant en route his 88-ball 87 vs Afghans at Kolkata on Saturday
India's Rishab Pant en route his 88-ball 87 vs Afghans at Kolkata on Saturday. PIC/PTI

With the win, India now have nine points from two games. Rashid Arman top scored for the visitors with 43 while Khaleel Ahmed picked up 4-41 for India. Chasing India’s total of 236, the visitors could manage 203 in 47.3 overs.

The Indian bowlers could not make early in-roads in the first few overs as openers Janat Ihasanullah (25) and Zazai Hazratullah (21) knit a partnership of 45 runs but then the latter fell to Ahmed.

Ahmed struck again to get rid of Nasir Khan (0). There were three more quick wickets which left Afghanistan struggling at 65-5.

Later for the eighth wicket, Arman and Mohammad Sardar (33) put up a partnership of 62 runs, threatening to take the game away from the hosts but then both fell in quick succession to hand the match to the hosts. Earlier, India opener Rishab Pant’s 87 propelled the home team to register a fighting total. Pant hit 10 fours and two sixes.

Surprising approach
Pant said they were surprised at the way Afghanistan played. “We were quite surprised with how Afghanistan played. Most teams take them lightly but they are a very good side.”

Brief Scores:

India U-19: 236 in 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 87, Mahipal Lomror 43; Rashid Khan 4-47) beat

Afghanistan U-19: 203 in 47.3 overs (R Khan 43, Mohammad Sardar 33; Khaleel Ahmed 4-41, Mahipal Lomror 2-31) by 33 runs

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