After being bowled out for a paltry total of 204 batting first, India managed to defend the total and beat Papua New Guinea by 107 runs on day six of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Endeavour Park in Townsville.
India got off to a bad start when they lost opener Unmukt Chand (4) early, but the 44-run partnership between Prasant Chopra and Baba Aparajith consolidated the initial damage. But after that India continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were 98 for 5 in 24 overs.
For PNG, medium-fast bowler Chad Soper did the damage and returned with figures of 5 for 32 while for India, Vijay Zol was the top scorer with 72 runs off 95 and useful contributions from opener Prasant (58) and Smit Patel (30). The knocks by Zol and Prasant helped to propel India's score to a modest 204.
Coming out for the chase, PNG also got off the same way India had started and kept losing wickets at regular intervals, failing to put up a decent partnership. Their batsmen failed to counter the swing and seam of Indian medium pacers, resulting in throwing away their wickets.
Kamal Passi continued with his good form and started the proceedings by getting the first wicket for India in the form of PNG opener Lega Siaka. But wickets started to come India's way, when skipper Unmukt Chand introduced Ravikant Singh at second change.
At the end of 25th over, PNG were 89 for 7 and from here on their recovery was pretty hard, as they were bundled out for 97 in 31.5 overs. Among Indian bowlers, Ravikant finished with 5 for 21, while Passi and Aparajith chipped in with two wickets each.
India 204 (Vijay Zol 72; Prasant Chopra 58; Chad Soper 5 for 32) beat Papua New Guinea 97 in 31.5 overs (Charles Amini 28; Ravikant Singh 5 for 21) by 107 runs.