Sarfaraz Khan Leads India to U-19 Series Victory


Kolkata: India put up a spirited bowling performance and Mumbai youngster Sarfaraz Khan struck an unbeaten half-century to steer the team to a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh and clinch the U-19 tri-series one-day cricket tournament title in Kolkata on Sunday.

After bundling out Bangladesh for 116 in 36.5 overs, India reached 117 in just 13.3 overs, losing three wickets in the process.

Opting to bat, Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular interval as the home team bowlers wreaked havoc with leftarm spinner Mayank Dagar scalping three for 32, while Shubham Mavi (2/21) and Mahipal Lomror (2/11) claiming two wickets each at the Jadavpur University second campus ground in Saltlake.

Chasing a modest target, India suddenly found struggling at 42 for three in 6.3 overs from 38 for no loss. But Sarfaraz, who plays for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, steadied the boat.