Chand leads from the front as India colts beat Sri Lanka
Visakhapatnam: Skipper Unmukt Chand scored a blistering century to help India Under-19 team register a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lankans in the four-nation U-19 Quadrangular tournament on Wednesday.
Opting to bat first, the visitors could not negotiate the guile and variation of Indian tweakers led by off-spinner Baba Aparajith as they got bundled out for a mere 196.
Chasing a modest target, Chand and Akhil Herwadkar sent the Islanders on a leather hunt as they put up 121 runs together for the opening wicket.
The skipper in particular was in a devastating mood as he hit the bowlers all around the park during his unbeaten knock of 122 from 91 balls, studded with five sixes and 14 hits to the fence.
Herwadkar also raised his half-century before falling prey to Pulina Tharanga.
The bowler struck once again, dismissing Kumar Deobrat, with the hosts needing another 31 runs to win.
Indians, though lost one more wicket in the form of Smit Patel who was run out for just three runs, Chand combined with Hanuman Vihari to achieve the target in the 31st over.
Earlier, Aparajith and Vikas Mishra shared eight wickets among themselves to restrict the Islanders to a modest total.
While Tamil Nadu lad Aparajith, who won the man-of-the-match award for his all-round performance against Australia earlier this week, scalped five for 35 from his 10 overs, Mishra returned with the figures of three for 37 to unsettle the Lankans who were at one stage going smoothly at 87 for one.
The Lankans had a decent start to their innings with the openers adding 38 runs for the first wicket before Harmeet Singh dismissed Shehan Fernando.
Niroshan Dickwella then coupled with Lasith Abeyratne to raise his fifty and take the total to 87 before the visitors lost three wickets in quick succession, including that of the the half-centurion to find themselves reeling at 88 for 4.
Pulina Tharanga (31) and Tharindu Kaushal (40) then combined together to give some respectability to the total, but with Tharanga shown the way to pavilion by Aparajith, it was all but over for the visitors.
A crucial 54-run stand for the eighth wicket between Kaushal and Amila Aponso, however, saw the team reach 194 before the spinners wrapped it up in the 45th over.