Yashasvi Jaiswal grabbed four wickets before making an unbeaten 89 to star in India Under-19 team’s series-clinching eight wicket win over South Africa in the second Youth ODI at the Buffalo Park here on Saturday.
Jaiswal, who turned 18 on Saturday and is in India’s U-19 World Cup squad, gave himself a birthday gift by polishing off the South African tail with a four-wicket burst with his spin bowling to bundle out the home side for just 119 from 29.5 overs.
Akash Singh, AV Ankolekar and Ravi Bishnoi also chipped in with two wickets each.
For South Africa, who suffered a batting collapse, one-down Jonathan Bird top-scored with a 25 while opener Andrew Louw made 24. Their six batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores.
Chasing the small target of 120, Jaiswal, who was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.4 crore in the recent IPL auction, struck 14 boundaries and three sixes in his 56-ball unbeaten knock.
Dhruv Jurel also remained not out on 26 as India chased down the target with 33.4 overs to spare, reaching 120 for 2 in 16.2 overs. Captain Priyam Garg was out for a duck.
The Indian team had kicked off their South Africa tour on a bright note as they defeated hosts by nine wickets in the first Youth ODI at the Buffalo Park in East London on Thursday.
After electing to bat, South Africa Under-19 could only score 187, with Luke Beaufort scoring 64. While opener Andrew Louw and Jack Lees got the starts, they could not convert them into a big score.
For India Under-19, the bowlers shared the spoils. Ravi Bishnoi scalped three wickets while Kartik Tyagi, Shubhang Hegde and Atharva Ankolekar picked up two wickets each to bowl South Africa Under-19 out in 48.3 overs.
The Indian side then chased down the target with ease as the openers Divyaansh Saxena and N Tilak Varma put up a 127-run stand.
While the latter got out for 59, Saxena, who scored an unbeaten 86 with the help of 11 fours, and Kumar Kushagra, who scored 43 not out, helped India Under-19 seal a win with a 7.3 overs to spare.