Darwin: India comprehensively defeated Papua New Guinea by 71 runs at Tracy Village here Sunday in a friendly Under-19 International Series match.
Papua New Guinea bowler Sakavai Charlie Gebai (4 for 26) restricted India to 136 all out from 43.1 overs with Indian opener and captain Vijay Zol top scoring with 48 runs.
In reply, Papua New Guinea were no match with the bat against the experienced Indian outfit. Kuldeep Yadav took 4 for 13 as Papua New Guinea were bowled out for 65 in 36.5 overs.
In the first official match of the tri-series, Australia defeated New Zealand by 19 runs. India play their first match against Australia at the Marrara Oval Tuesday.
In another match, an impressive five-wicket haul by pacer Matt Fotia saw Australia off to a flying start with a 19-run win over New Zealand.
The Australian bowlers built up pressure and snatched five wickets in five overs to win the game.
New Zealand had been cruising in their chase of Australia's total of 225 for 6 from 50 overs but fell short thanks to tight bowling by Fotia (5 for 38). Cam Valente (2 for 30), Riley Ayre (1 for 30), Jeremy Maher (1 for 27) and Jake Doran (1 for 5) also chipped in with the Kiwis being bowled out in 49.2 overs.
Starts from Matt Short (37) and Tom Leaver (31) got Australia off to a promising start but New Zealand reeled the Aussies in with three quick wickets. Jake Doran steadied the middle order with a superb 79 not out and put together a valuable 90-run partnership with Ben McDermott (36) to see Australia reach 225.
Australia's next match will be against India here Tuesday.
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