Dambulla: Skipper Vijay Zol continued with his brilliant form as his unbeaten century helped India reach a commanding 333 for two against Sri Lanka at stumps on the opening day of the first U-19 Youth `Test` match, here today.
Sri Lankan captain Kusal Mendis`s decision to field backfired badly as Zol (129 batting) along with Sanju Samson (74 batting) added 169 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand after openers Shubham Khajuria (52) and Akhil Herwardkar (71) provided a solid start with 79-run opening stand.
The second-wicket partnership between Zol and Herwadkar was also fruitful one which yielded 85 runs.
Left-handed Zol, who has been a star performer at the colts level, started from where he had left during the recently concluded tri-series in Australia as he faced 213 balls hitting 14 fours and a six. He was in a mood to punish the spinners using his feet to perfection.
IPL star Samson also got his first significant score at this level after a moderate tour Down Under. Samson had 11 hits to the fence en route his 147-ball knock.
It was Jammu-boy Khajuria who started attacking the bowlers from the word go as he smashed 10 boundaries in his 61-ball knock but was the only batsman to be dismissed in the first session. It was left-arm spinner Lakshan Jayasinghe who dismissed Khajuria caught by Sadira Samarawickrama.
The only wicket that fell in the second session was of left-handed Herwadkar who tried to cut an off-break from Ramesh Mendis only to edge it to Kusal behind the stumps. Herwadkar faced 125 deliveries and hit nine fours in the process.
Brief Score: India U-19 (Ist Innings) 333/2 in 90 overs (Vijay Zol 129 batting, Sanju Samson 74 batting, Akhil Herwadkar 71, Shubham Khajuria 52) vs Sri Lanka.