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India beat Sri Lanka to clinch U19 Asia Cup


India beat Sri Lanka to clinch U19 Asia Cup

Brief Scores
India U-19 303/6 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 85 off 113 balls, Anuj Rawat 57 off 79 balls, Prabh Simran 65 no off 37 balls, Ayush Badoni 52 no off 28 balls)
Sri Lanka U-19 160 in 38.4 overs (Harsh Tyagi 6/38 in 10 overs)
Result: India U-19 won by 144 runs

A dominating India Under-19 team regained their Asian supremacy when they beat Sri Lanka by 144 runs in the final of seventh ACC U-19 Asia Cup at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium on Sunday (Oct 7).

India defeated Sri Lanka by 144 runs to clinch the Under-19 Asia Cup 2018 title in Dhaka on Sunday (Oct 7). 

After a collective performance with the bat, left-arm spinner Harsh Tyagi took six for 38 as Sri Lanka were bundled out for 160 in 38.4 overs. 

India captain P Simran Singh elected to bat after winning the toss and the batsmen didn't disappoint as India amassed a total of 304 for three in 50 overs. 

Openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Anuj Rawat strung together a 121-run partnership for the first wicket. Both the batsmen notched up half-centuries, laying the foundation for a big total.

Jaiswal scored a brilliant 85 that included eight boundaries and a six. On the other hand, Anuj Rawat scored 57 off 79 balls before getting trapped in front of the stumps by Dulith Wellalage.

Post the departure of the openers, skipper P Simran Singh took matters into his own hands and stitched a brilliant 110-run partnership with Ayush Badoni.

P Simran Singh played brilliantly against the Sri Lankan bowlers, smacking them all over the park. During his unbeaten 65-run knock, the Indian skipper struck three boundaries and four sixes.

Ayush Badoni played a quickfire 52-run knock off 28 balls helping the team cross the 300-run mark.

Chasing a target of 305, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start. The team lost Nipun Dananjaya (12) early as pacer Mohit Jangra dismissed the Sri Lankan skipper in the seventh over.  

Opener Nishan Madushka (49) and Pasindu Sooriyabandara (31) tried to steady the Sri Lankan run chase but spin duo Harsh Tyagi and Siddharth Desai ran through the Sri Lankan batting order.

The batsmen seemed clueless against the Indian spinner as Tyagi claimed six wickets for 38 runs. Desai too played his part from the other end, bagging two wickets as the islanders were bowled out in the 39th over.

Player of the Match Harsh Tyagi in his immediate reaction said: "It was quite helpful for the spinners. I stuck to the basics and I was planning with the captain. It came off good. The last match was good for the spinners. The coaches helped us and the video analysts also helped us a lot. It is always a great opportunity to play here, it's a pleasure to play. I would like to thank the ACC for organising the tournament."

Yashasvi Jaiswal of India was named the Player of the Series award for being the leading run-getter of the tournament.

This is India's sixth Under-19 Asia Cup title after winning the tournament in 1989, 2003, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

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