Dhaka: Ireland Under-19's best chance to beat India U-19 in its first 2016 ICC U-19 World Cup Group D match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.
It started off well and reduced India to 55 for 4 in 16.5 overs, but then ran into the mature fifth-wicket pair of Sarfaraz Khan and Washington Sundar.
The 110-run association nullified every inch of ground Ireland had gained, and set up India's 79-run win. After India recovered well to finish on 268 for 9, Ireland fought admirably through Lorcan Tucker and William McClintock, but went as far as 189 before being bowled out in the final over.
Ireland's chase was bogged down by too many dot balls and not enough urgency from their batsmen. The times when they did try to make something out of nothing, India's fielders made them pay.
Ishan Kishan, who bagged a duck earlier, hit the stumps direct to run Stephen Doheny out in the third over and 10 balls later Armaan Jaffer followed suit and had Tector short of his ground.
Fast bowler Avesh Khan (2-24) hustled the batsmen with his pace and bounce while left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed (1-36) was maintained a steadfast line of attack on off stump to lend proof to their captain's Kishan's words that India hand't been nervous when their middle order collapsed because they had a skillful bowling attack.
Among them was 16-year old legspinner Ansari, who has a googly and a flipper in his repertoire. Medium pacer Rahul Batham took the most wickets with 3 for 15.
Ireland were anchored by fifties from William McClintock (58 off 86) and Lorcan Tucker (57 off 89).
India U19 - 268 for 9
Ireland U19 - 189 all out
Result - India U19 won by 79 runs