New Delhi: On a day, their senior pros end the losing streak in Australia, Indian Under-19 team for the 2016 World Cup warmed-up in spectacular fashion with a massive 372-run win over their Canadian counterparts on Saturday at Savar.
After winning the toss, skipper Ishan Kishan opted to bat and as expected the three-time winners toyed with Canadian bowler, posting 485 runs for six wickets from their allotted 50 overs.
Kishan, who opened the innings with wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, hit a blistering 86-ball 138-run knock before retiring out. His innings was laced with 16 fours and seven sixes.
But the highlight of the match belonged to Mahipal Lomror, who smashed 30 runs in the last over – three sixes and three fours – to end on 55 off 23 deliveries.
After the 113-run opening stand, talented Ricky Bhui who represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, kept the tempo. The right-handed batsman hit 10 fours and seven sixes in his 115-run knock from 71 balls.
Another talented batsman, Sarfaraz Khan also played his part with a 48-run innings. He and Bhui also retired out to give other batsmen batting opportunities.
Opener Pant, who made 62, Washington Sundar (8) and Armaan Jaffer (36) were the only batsmen to get out off Canadian bowling.
In reply to India's massive target, Canada were folded up for just 113 in 31.1 overs with leg-spinner Mahipal Lomror taking three wickets for 19 runs in from his seven overs. Not a single Canadian batsman managed to cross 25-run mark. Harsh Thaker was the top-scorer with 25.
The eleventh edition of ICC's biennial event will be held in Bangladesh from January 27 to February 14. Sixteen teams are competing for the prestigious youth cup. And three-time winners India are placed in Group D with Ireland, New Zealand and Nepal.
Indian team, which is coached by legendary Rahul Dravid, will start their campaign on January 28 against Ireland. The Ishan Kishan-led team will then play New Zealand on January 30, before the final group game against Nepal on February 1.