India lose to West Indies in U-19 World Cup

Townsville (Queensland): Shoddy batting by top-order saw Unmukt Chand-led India U-19 side lose their opening World Cup match against the West Indies by four wickets here on Sunday.

On a slow track at the Tony Ireland stadium, the Indian colts could never get going as they were restricted to a paltry 166 for eight in their stipulated 50 overs.

Despite early hiccups, the West Indies team slowly but surely reached the target with 17 balls to spare. John Campbell (36, 70 balls, 1×4, 1×6) and Anthony Alleyne (52, 91 balls, 2×4, 1×6) added 58 runs for the third wicket to put West Indies on track while Alleyne and Kyle Mayers (43, 54 balls, 4×4,1×6) added another 58 for the fifth wicket to consolidate further.

It was India`s poor performance with the bat that led to this heart-breaking defeat. A lot depended on skipper Chand (22, 61 balls, 3×4) but he failed to get going as the track was not conducive for a free-flowing stroke player like him.

Left-arm medium pacer Jerome Jones (2/23), Ronsford Beaton (3/33) and Kyle Mayers(2/35) shared the bulk of the spoils between them. Losing three quick wickets in the first fifteen overs also pegged India back.

Prashant Chopra (1), Baba Aparajith (5) and the talented Hanuman Vihari (8) were dismissed cheaply as India were struggling at 34 for three. Chand followed suit as he edged one to keeper Sunil Ambris off Mayers`s bowling as India were left tottering at 50 for four.

Zol (26, 52 balls,1×4) and wicket-keeper batsman Smit Patel (51, 99 balls 5×4) then added 41 runs for the fifth wicket while Patel and Akshdeep Nath (19, 32 balls) added a further 44 runs for the sixth wicket as India managed to cross the 150-run mark.