Youth ‘Test’: Taide, Badoni make hay as India U-19s assume control

Centuries from Atharwa Taide and Ayush Badoni help the Indians establish a lead of 229 against Sri Lanka U-19s, with five wickets in hand.

Representative Image: India U-19s have a lead of 229, with five wickets in hand.   -  Getty Images

Helped by centuries from Atharwa Taide and Ayush Badoni, India U-19s have established a sizeable first-innings lead against Sri Lanka U-19s on the second day of the four-day Youth ‘Test’ at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo on Wednesday.

At stumps, India was positioned at 473 for 5 in its first innings, a lead of 229. On Day One, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 244.

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Opener Taide struck 13 boundaries en route to his innings of 113 (off 160 balls). He provided stability to the Indian innings as it resumed its innings on 92 for 1, adding crucial runs with D. Padikkal (25) and Pawan Shah (38) for the second and third wicket as India crossed the 250-mark.

Wadhera-Badhoni alliance

Taide and Y. V. Rathod (34) were both dismissed by the 71st over. Nehal Wadhera (81) and Badoni (107), then, shared an unconquered partnership of 183 runs to put India in a strong position. The two threw caution to the wind and took the bowlers to the cleaners at will. Wadhera slammed nine fours and three sixes in his 117-ball innings; Badoni struck 11 boundaries and cleared the ropes twice in his 115-ball innings.

India is scheduled to play two Youth ‘Tests’ and five one-dayers. The second Youth ‘Test’ begins on July 24 in Hambantota while the one-dayers begin from July 30.

Brief Scores
  • India U-19s 473 for 5 in 107 overs (A. Taide 113, A. Badoni 107; E. K. V. Perera 2 for 98) lead Sri Lanka U-19s 244 in 70.3 overs by 229 runs.

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