Indian fast bowler Kartik Tyagi ripped apart Afghanistan with a hat-trick in the first over. Thanks to his three wickets and batsmen shining, India won their warm-up match ahead of the ICC Under-19 World Cup
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.
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)
Last Updated 13, Jan 2020, 12:07 PM IST