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U-19 Asia Cup: India Beat Bangladesh, Face Sri Lanka In Final On Friday

The Indian bowlers were on fire as they sent back almost half of the Bangladeshi batters back to the pavilion in the first 15 overs of the match.

India U19 bowlers celebrating after taking a wicket during the ongoing ACC U19 Asia Cup in the UAE. (Photo: AsianCricketCouncil)

New Delhi: In a one-sided battle, India on Thursday beat Bangladesh in the Under-19 Asia Cup 2021-22 second semifinal on Thursday in Sharjah by a massive 103 runs. The Indian colts now face Sri Lanka in final on Friday. In the first semifinal of the tournament, Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 22 runs to march into the final.

Powered by Shaik Rasheed’s majestic 90 off 103 balls, the Yash Dhull-captained Indian team scored 243/8 in 50 over. Useful contributions by Dhull, Raj Bawa and a late cameo from the bat of Vicky Ostwal ensured a challenging target for Bangladesh.

The chase never got the required momentum even though Mahfijul Islam and Ariful Islam did put up some resistence. But an amazing bowling performance from the Boys in Blue saw them storm into the final.

The Indian bowlers were on fire as they sent back almost half of the Bangladeshi batters back to the pavilion in the first 15 overs of the match.

For India, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravi Kumar, Raj Bawa and Vicky Ostwal took two wickets each. Nishant Sindhu and Kaushal Tambe ended with one scalp apiece.

The clash took place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Thursday. Both India and Bangladesh had won two matches in the league stage that ended before the knockout stages. Before locking their horns with Bangladesh U-19, India U-19 had lost to Pakistan in a league match.

The Pakistan-Sri Lanka match was low-scoring but a thriller as bowlers ruled the roost. While Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 147 in 44.5 overs as the Pakistrani pace trio of Zeeshan Zameer, Ahmed Khan and Awais Ali did not let the boys from the island nation play their strokes freely.

Even though the target did not look daunting, Pakistani batters failed to put up a strong challenge. Sri Lanka’s offspinner Traveen Mathew and left-arm slow bowler Dunith Wellalage ran through the Pakistani batting lineup with four and three wickets respectively. Raveen de Silva, Shevon Daniel and Matheesha Pathirana had one wicket each as Pakistan folded for just 125 to lose by 22 runs.

Squads

India U19: Harnoor Singh, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Shaik Rasheed, Yash Dhull(c), Nishant Sindhu, Raj Bawa, Aaradhya Yadav(w), Kaushal Tambe, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Vicky Ostwal, Ravi Kumar, Ansh Gosai, Rishith Reddy, Amrit Upadhyay, Garv Sangwan, Dinesh Bana, Aneeshwar Gautam, Siddarth Yadav, Manav Parakh.

Bangladesh U19: Mahfijul Islam, Iftakher Hossain Ifti, Prantik Nawrose Nabil, Aich Mollah, Ariful Islam, Md Fahim(w), Rakibul Hasan(c), SM Meherob, Ashiqur Zaman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Abdullah Al Mamun, Ripon Mondol, Naimur Rohman, Musfik Hasan, Tahjibul Islam.

Pakistan U19: Abdul Wahid, Maaz Sadaqat, Muhammad Shehzad, Qasim Akram (c), Haseebullah (wk), Irfan Khan, Rizwan Mehmood, Ahmad Khan, Zeeshan Zameer, Arham Nawab, Awais Ali Abdul Faseeh, Mehran Mumtaz, Faisal Akram, Mohammad Zeeshan, Ali Asfand.

Sri Lanka U19: Chamindu Wickramasinghe, Shevon Daniel, Dunith Wellalage (c), Sadisha Rajapaksa, Ranuda Somarathne, Raveen de Silva, Treveen Mathew, Yasiru Rodrigo, Anjala Bandara (wk), Pawan Pathiraja, Matheesha Pathirana, Wanuja Sahan, Sakuna Liyanage, Abisheak Liyanaarachchi, Malsha Tharupathi, Vinuja Ranpul, Sadeesh Jayawardena.