Pretoria: Kartik Tyagi took a hat-trick in the opening over as reigning Under-19 World Cup champions India crushed Afghanistan by 211 runs in their warm-up match in Pretoria on Sunday (January 12).

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tyagi starred with bat and ball in India’s practice game ahead of the ICC U-19 World Cup.

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Having won the toss and elected to bat first, India put on 255/8 in their allotted 50 overs, aided by a 129-run second wicket partnership between Jaiswal (69) and Tilak Varma (55).

Both batsmen retired out soon after to give batting practice for their team-mates, with cameo performances from captain Priyam Garg (36) and Shubhan Krishnan Sridhar (25 not out).

The Afghanistan bowling duo of Abid Mohammadi (3/19) and Fazal Haq (2/48) played their part in slowing down the onslaught and kept the required run rate to below six runs an over. However, fast bowler Tyagi (3/10) tore in to the Afghanistan top order with a hat-trick in the first over. He dismissed captain Farhan Zakhil, Sediq Atal and Rahmanullah without a score on the board.

Sridhar, Utkarsh Singh and Sushant Mishra went on to pick up two wickets apiece as Afghanistan were reeling at 43/9 after 17.3 overs before a rain delay, and with wicketkeeper Mohammad Ishaq the only player to register double figures. Ishaq was run out two balls after the break as India went on to record a resounding result.

Afghanistan will begin their tournament against hosts South Africa in Group D in Kimberley on Friday. The four-time champions India, meanwhile, open their campaign against Sri Lanka in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

Brief scores

India Under 19s beat Afghanistan Under 19s by 211 runs, Irene County Club, Pretoria

India 255/8 in 50 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 69, Tilak Varma 55 retired; Fazal Haq 2/48) beat Afghanistan 44 all out in 17.5 overs (Mohammad Ishaq 11; Kartik Tyagi 3/10, Sushant Mishra 2/11)