U-19 Asia Cup | India power into semis after crushing wins

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U-19 Asia Cup | India power into semis after crushing wins

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SportsCafe Desk


Defending champions India powered into the semi-finals of the Under-19 Asia Cup in Colombo with a round to spare from group A after thumping Malaysia and Nepal in successive matches of the tournament.

On Friday (Dec 16), India eased past Nepal by six wickets after Rahul Chahar’s grabbed a five-wicket haul to restrict the opponents to 172 for 9. Himanshu Rana (51) and Shubman Gill (57) smashed fifties and Priyam Garg chipped in with 36 to put India on course to victory.

In their lung opener, India defeated Malaysia by 235 runs.

India play the hosts in an inconsequential final league match on Sunday (Dec 18), with both teams having already qualified to the last-four stage.

Brief scores:

Nepal U-19 172 for 9 (Rohit Kumar 68 no, Dipendra Singh 34; Rahul Chahar 5-27) lost to India U-19 174/4 (Shubman Gill 57, Himanshu Rana 51; Pawan Sarraf 3-43).

India U-19 289 for 8 (Prithvi Shaw 89, Himanshu Rana 31, Abhishek Sharma 69, Het Patel 58, Rahul Chahar 34; Muhammad Amir 3-33) beat Malaysia U-19 54 all out (Kamlesh Nagarkoti 4-12, Yash Thakur 2-19, Abhishek Sharma 2-9).

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