Arshin Kulkarni and Naman Tiwari Lead India to Commanding 201-Run Win over United States



Arshin Kulkarni delivered an impressive century filled with powerful strokes, while pacer Naman Tiwari took four wickets, leading India to a resounding 201-run victory over the USA in their final group game of the U-19 World Cup in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday. India’s unbeaten streak in the tournament solidified, securing a spot in the super six stage. As leaders of group A, India now advances to the next stage. Left-handed opener Arshin Kulkarni scored 108 runs, while number three batsman Musheer Khan played a crucial supporting role with 73 runs, propelling India to a massive total of 326 for five after being asked to bat first. The Indian bowlers, led by left-arm pacer Naman Tiwari, perfectly complemented the dominant batting performance, with Tiwari’s exceptional figures of 4/20 restricting the USA to a meager 125 for 8 in their allotted 50 overs. The USA team appeared ill-prepared to overcome the daunting target set before them, and their pursuit got off to a shaky start as Tiwari and his fellow fast bowler Raj Limbani (1/17) unleashed a fiery attack with the new ball, decimating the USA top-order within the first 10 overs. Tiwari’s precision led to the dismissal of opener Bhavya Patel and skipper Rishi Ramesh, and he also managed to dismiss the determined Utkarsh Srivastava and Manav Nayak.