London: Half centuries by skipper Tanmay Srivastava (64), opener Uday Kaul (62) and middle order bat Virat Kohli (64) propelled the Indian under-19 team to a 41-run win against its English counterpart in the tour opener at Derby.

Tanmay's decision to bat first proved correct with three of the top five batsmen notching up half-centuries.

Uday and Tanmay ensured India got an early upper hand by forging a 104-run third-wicket partnership and from 33 for two the visitor reached 137 before Uday departed.

Uday's 100-ball knock came to an end when he was caught by Ben Wright off Moeen Ali.

Viraat Kohli and his captain added 44 runs before Tanmay departed after a crafty 64.

Virat remained unbeaten on 64 from 61 balls as India finished its innings at 249 for four.

Chasing a victory target of 250, the English batsmen complained of the sun affecting their vision and because of a delayed start, the target was revised to 228 in 45 overs.

The host, however, never looked comfortable, and V. Yo Mahesh ran through the middle order to finish with match figures of three for 35.

Skipper Varun Chopra (55), however, kept his reputation intact and only four of his colleagues could reach double figures. It lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually the English innings folded up for 186 in just 38.3 overs.

Indian colts lead the three-match series 1-0.

The scores: India U-19: 249 for four in 50 overs (Tanmay Srivastava 64, Uday Kaul 62, Virat Kohli 64) bt England U-19: 186 in 38.3 overs (Varun Chopra 55, V. Yo Mahesh three for 35). UNI

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