U-19 Asia Cup | India complete hat-trick of crowns with big win over Sri Lanka in final

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U-19 Asia Cup | India complete hat-trick of crowns with big win over Sri Lanka in final

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SportsCafe Desk


India won the U-19 Asia Cup for the third time in a row on Friday (Dec 23), beating Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the final after the hosts suffered a stunning collapse. Himanshu Rana (71), Shubham Gill (70) and captain Abhishek Sharma (4/37) were the chief architects of the victory.

Brief scores: India 273/8 (Himanshu Rana 71, Shubman Gill 70; Nipun Ransika 3-50, Praveen Jayawickrama 3-53) beat Sri Lanka 239 (Reven Kelly 62, Kamindu Mendis 53; Abhishek Sharma 4-37, Rahul Chahar 3-22) by 34 runs.

Chasing 274 for victory, the island nation appeared comfortable at 196 for three in the 38th over, but lost their last seven wickets for the addition of just 43 runs as India ran out convincing winners in the end.

Sri Lanka began their chase in some style, scoring 27 runs in the first three overs. Although they lost Vishva Chathuranga early, it did not appear to hamper the momentum as they raced to 75/1 in 10 overs.

Sharma decided to bring himself into the attack and was rewarded almost immediately as he claimed Hasitha Boyagoda for 37. However, Reven Kelly and Kamindu Mendis continued to dominate the proceedings with the former scoring a fifty before departing.

If was only after the fall of the third wicket that India began to exert some pressure on Sri Lanka’s chase. Sharma returned to the attack and sent Mendis packing for 53 – which proved to be the turning point as the hosts were eventually bowled out for 239.

Earlier, India had followed the same pattern as the middle and lower middle order failed to capitalize on a good start. A string of wickets at the death meant that the defending champions were restricted to 273/8.

Prithvi Shaw played well for his 39 but failed to convert it into a big score. Rana, who struck a hundred in the semi-finals, continued his good form as he scored a fifty to put India in the driver’s seat. Rana and Gill (70) shared in an 88-run stand.

Sri Lanka, however, struck late, with Praveen Jayawickrama and Nipun Ransika sharing six wickets to restrict India’s scoring at the end.

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