Under 19 Cricket World Cup: India Crush Sri Lanka To Reach Final

Mirpur: Three-time winners India continued their unbeatable track to enter the ICC Under-19 World Cup final for a fifth time with an energetic 97-run win over Sri Lanka in the semi-finals here on Tuesday.

India tried hard to reach 267/9 after an unsteady start before setting up an exciting struggle with the ball to let go Sri Lanka for 170 in 42.4 overs.

The batting players were Anmolpreet Singh (72 off 92) and Sarfaraz Khan (59 off 71), who amassed his fourth fifty positive scores in five innings player in the tournament.

 

The three time champions now look forward to any West Indies or hosts Bangladesh in the final to be played on February 14.

Indians, set in to bat on a cloudy morning, were set in burden straightaway with its challenging opening pair of Rishabh Pant and Captain Ishan Kishan dropping competitively at 27/2 in the 10th over.

 

Batting was not cool but Anmolpreet and the inform Sarfaraz stabilized the match with a 96-run stand off 126 balls for the third wicket.

Whereas Anmolpreet’s was a determined 92-ball hit, power- hitter Sarfaraz too played a slow innings in view of the situations.

 

The 18-year-old IPL player, who arose into the match with scores of 76, 21*, 74, 74, still managed to puncture the field for six fours and a full.

Anmolpreet hit half a dozen fours and a six during his stay at the crease, scored nearly 70-run pair with Washington Sundar (43 off 45) after Sarfaraz’s out.

India required a change on in the last 10 overs and the late pair brought courtesy Sundar and Armaan Jaffer, who ruined 29 off 16 balls before Mayank Dagar’s 17-run cameo off 10 balls took his team to a cheap total in a crisis match.

Shielding the target, the Indian bowlers did not let the Lankan chase the score to win.

India misused reasonably a few chances on the ground but the bowlers were still good enough to keep things hard for the opposition. After a hitting cameo, Dagar did his bit with the ball too, clutching 3/21 in 5.4 overs of his left-arm spin.

 

Pacer Avesh Khan, India’s top wicket-taker in the tournament, hit in the very first over, discharging Avishka Fernando leg before wicket although the ball seemed to be drifting down.

Quickly when, the run out of Kaveen Bandara made it 13 for 2 in the fourth over.

 

Kamindu Mendis (39) and Shammu Ashan (38) got starts but miscarried to get that one huge score needed to fix the mark.

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