India beat Sri Lanka for 90 races at the opening of the U19 World Cup

BLOEMFONTEIN (South Africa): An impressive batting performance, crowned by a disciplined bowling alley, saw India's defending champions cross over to a 90-run victory over Sri Lanka in an inaugural group league match of the ICC U19 World Cup on Sunday.

Batting first, India scored a competitive 297 for 4, riding half a century from its best hitters - first game Yashasvi Jaiswal (59 of 74 balls) and pattern Priyam Garg (56 of 72 balls). There were significant contributions from the vice captain Dhruv Horse mackerel (52 of 48 balls) and a late incoming player Siddhesh Veer (44 of 27 balls and 2/34 in 6 overs), which brought the total close to the 300-run mark.

Bowlers kept Lankan batters at bay, throwing them 207 at 45.2 overs.

The fast bowler Kartik Tyagi (1/27 in 7.2 envelopes), which already has an IPL contract of several million rupees, was the most impressive as it again and again broke the 140 km/h mark. Opposition hitters found it difficult to handle their short ball.

The leg shooter Ravi Bishnoi (2/44 in 10 overs), who will be seen wearing the colors of Kings XI Punjab on the IPL, showed good control, without letting the batters get away with it.

The left-arm sailor Akash Singh (2/29 in 9 overs) brought the ball back to the right with rival captain Nipun Dananjaya (50) as the only batter, who seemed comfortable in the middle.

It was a total effort of the 'Boys in Blue' team that literally surpassed their South Asian neighbors in all departments of the game with a completely professional performance.

I would rate this performance 9 out of 10, although we could have scored 320. But I'm happy with the boys' general show, said Captain Garg after the game.

The track was a little slower when Jaiswal and Divyansh Saxena (23) got 66 for the opening post.

Jaiswal punished the loose balls with some elegant impulses, hitting eight legs.

There were no large stands, but firm ones that maintained the momentum. India's most consistent hitter, NT Tilak Verma (46 of 53 balls) ran hard among the wickets, adding 46 with Jaiswal before the first one was fired.

Skipper Garg, the most experienced first-class player in the tournament along with Tilak, added a run-a-ball 59.

Garg, who had three limits, joined Jurel for a 63-run position for the fourth wicket that took the score to 232.

But we must recognize Veer, who used the long handle with good results in a 65-race position in 7.2 over with Jurel.

Veer connected six four and a six in an effort that had cheeky scoops and sweeping shots as well.