India Survive Scare To Defeat Scotland
Scotland 88 (29.4 overs) Umeed 44, Yadav 4 for 28, Gani 4-28, India 92-5 (22.3 overs) S Khan 45*, Gosain 3-31, Main 2/20 by 5 wickets [Scorecard]
Scotland made the trip to Dubai Sports City stadium to take on current U19 World Champions India in their second Group A fixture.
After winning the toss Ross McLean elected to bat first and the Scotland captain was the first wicket to fall with the score on 13.
Michael English missed a straight one and was trapped in front for 1 by Avesh Khan, while Zander Muir looked to cut only to hit his own stumps to leave Scotland on 54/3 in the 18th over.
It was then all about the spinners for India as Yadav, who represents the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, and Aamir Gani to bamboozle the Scottish batsmen.
Yadav made history by taking the first ever hat-trick in a U19 World Cup fixture. His first wicket came Nick Farrar caught as he looked to sweep only to top edge an easy catch to Hooda, before removing Kyle Stirling leg-before the following delivery.
His hat-trick ball was a beautiful flighted delivery which spun between Alex Baum’s bat and pad and crashed into the stumps to leave the Scots reeling at 65/6.
Andrew Umeed ‘s stoic innings came to an end when he was bowled for 44, and apart from a few lusty blows by Gavin Main at the end, Scotland ended up all out for 88.
With such a small total to defend it was necessary to claim early wickets against such talented opposition. Scotland continued to open the innings with left-arm spinner Chayank Gosain and he delivered a wicket in his first over, as Herwandkar edged to Baum.
Gosain’s next over produced another wicket, this time an outside edge by Zol found the hands of Umeed in the slips, and Scotland were alive in the field. Concerned faces in the Indian camp were visible as Gosain picked up his third wicket of the match, this time Bains offered Michael English the catch at mid-wicket, and India were 19/3 in the 7th over.
An excellent spell from the seam of Gavin Main complimented the spin of Gosain, and in tandem piled pressure on the Indians. Main rattled the pads of star-man Sanju Samson and umpire Rob Bailey took no time in raising the finger.
An excellent catch at short mid-wicket by Mark Watt removed Ricky Bhui, giving Main his second wicket, to leave India on 22/5.
Unfortunately for Scotland the match was taken by the scruff of the neck by Sarfaraz Khan and Rajasthan Royals’ Deepak Hooda.
The impressive Khan struck 45 from 51 deliveries, while Hooda’s 24 from 46 was enough to get the World Champions over the line after their early scare, India eventually winning the contest by 5 wickets.
Gosain finished his spell with excellent figures of 10-1-31-3, while Gavin Main returned with 7-20-2.
Craig Wright commented, “After a reasonable start with the bat we were given a stern examination by some high class spin on an extremely helpful surface.
The easy thing would have been to lie down defending such a low total, but the lads showed tremendous spirit with the ball and in the field to give India a real scare at 22/5.
As always, with games like these there is a great deal of learning which takes place, in particular the need for us to be clearer and more decisive with our execution of options against spin.
We will get another opportunity against Pakistan to show improvement in that area.”
“We fought hard in the field and the bowlers bowled well which gives us momentum going into the next game. If we had managed to scrape together another 30 of 40 runs we could have caused a real shock” added Gosain.