India colts cruise to 4-wkt win over B’desh
Sundar Washington produced an all-round show to help India cruise to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh, their third win in as many matches, and book a final berth in the Under-19 Tri-series one-day cricket tournament here on Tuesday.
Chasing a modest 223, India were given a flying start by openers Rishabh Pant (51 off 26 balls; 9x4, 2x6) and Ishan Kishan (24 off 14 balls; 2x4, 2x6) who together put on 67 from 33 balls before Bangladesh triggered a collapse after the latter was run-out following a mix-up.
From 67 for no loss, India were reduced to 116/4 in 21.2 overs but the duo of Sundar (50) and Amandeep Khare (41) held the innings together in a 69-run partnership to set up the home side’s victory with nine balls to spare at Jadavpur University second campus ground.
Batting at number six, Sundar, who opened the innings in the first two matches, showed perfect control and played to the merit of the ball. The 16-year-old Chennai youngster held the Indian innings together before getting out after a patient 50 from 75 balls (6x4).
“It’s the most important position but I knew there was no extraordinary thing needed and had to bat normally. I was confident and went with a positive mindset,” Sundar said.
Asked on coach Rahul Dravid’s influence on the team, he said: “He’s giving positive vibes to everyone. It’s great to have a legend like him as the coach.” The left-hander Sundar who bowls off-spin also took 2/25 from his six overs to be the top Indian wicket taker to restrict Bangladesh to 222/7 in 50 overs after batting first.
India now have 13 points from three matches to seal their berth in the Sunday’s summit clash, while Bangladesh have five points by virtue of a win.