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Yadav’s hat-trick wrecks Scotland

Dubai: It was a day of the spinners in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. India’s left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Under-19 World Cup as the defending champions beat Scotland by five wickets.

Yadav’s four for 28 helped them bowl out Scotland for 88 runs. Scotland fought back to reduce India to 22 for five through their New Delhi-born left arm spinner Chayank Gosain, who bagged three wickets before the in-form Sarfaraz Khan (45 n.o.) and Deepak Hooda (24 n.o.) through an invaluable unbeaten 70-run partnership ensured a five-wicket win.

Yadav returned with figures of four for 28 backed by off spinner Aamir Gani, who also bagged four for 28. Except for Scotland’s opener Andrew Umeed, who scored 44 runs and Gavin Main, who hit 16 runs, none of the other batsmen reached double figures.

Scotland batsmen had no clue against the guiles and turn of the Indian spinners. It was a procession of batsmen with Yadav striking repeatedly to destroy Scotland’s middle order. With the last two balls of the 19th over, Yadav picked the wickets of Nick Farrar and Kyle Stirling. Farrar, going for a sweep shot, top edged to Deepak Hooda at square leg for a duck, while Stirling was trapped leg before with the very first ball.

Yadav completed his hat-trick with the first ball of his next over through a beauty of a delivery to clean bowl Alex Baum for 5. The delivery spun back from outside the off to go through Baum’s defence and hit the stumps.

Gani speeded up Scotland’s end by clean bowling Umeed, who scored half the runs with a quick one. Scotland innings lasted just 29.4 overs.

Chasing the total, India got off to a horrendous start. Scotland opened the bowling with left-arm spinner Gosain who dismissed opener Akhil Herwadkar for a duck with the last ball of the first over. With the fifth ball of the next over, he had skipper Vijay Zol caught at first slip by Umeed for 4. Three overs later, Gosain struck again forcing opener Ankush Bains to mistime his shot into the hands of Michael English at mid wicket for 6.

Medium pacer Gavin Main pushed India into further trouble by trapping Sanju Samson leg before for 7. He also had Ricky Bhui caught at short midwicket by Stirling for a duck.

Half the side back in the pavilion for 22 runs the scoreboard looked like that of an associate member country than that of the defending champions. Khan, the hero of India’s win against Pakistan in the first match, kept his head down and with Hooda steered India safely to the target.

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Brief scores: India bt Scotland by five wickets. Scotland 88 in 29.4 overs (Andrew Umeed 44, Kuldeep Yadav 4 for 28, Aamir Gani 4 for 28) India 92 for 5 in 22.3 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 45n.o, Deepak Hooda 24n.o, Chayank Gosani 3 for 31, Gavin Main 2 for 20). Player of the match: Kuldeep Yadav.