India U19 Won Asia Cup by 144 Runs for sixth consecutive year

The Indian Under-19 team beat Sri Lanka in the final of Under 19 Youth Asia Cup 2018 played at Sher E Bangla Stadium, Dhaka on Sunday.

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The Indian batsmen defended the target by scoring big runs.

Indian captain P Simran Singh won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian openers Yashishwal Jaiswal and Anuj Rawat  scored 42 runs in the first 10 overs. Both continued to take singles and hit big shots whenever needed. Jaiswal reached his half century off 67 balls while Anuj Rawat scored his half century off 71 balls. They provided the solid foundation adding 121 runs for the first wicket in 25.1 overs.

Anuj Rawat was out by Wellalage for 57. Jaiswal added 61 runs for the second wicket with Padikkal. India lost the wicket of Padikkal for 31. The Indian captain P Simran Singh and Ayush Badoni took on Sri Lankan bowlers with their aggressive hitting.

 

Badoni reached his half-century just off 24 balls while the Indian captain P Simran Singh too completed 50 off 33 balls. Simran Singh remained not out on 65 off 37 balls while Badoni scored 52 off 28 balls. Both of them added unbeaten 110 runs for the 4th wicket in just 9.5 overs to help Team India post a massive total of 304 for 3 in 50 overs. For Sri Lanka, Perera, Senaranthe and Wellalage took 1 wicket each.

Chasing the target of 305 runs to win, the Indian bowlers did not allow the Sri Lankan batsmen to score runs easily and also picked an early wicket of Perera. Sooriyabandara and Fernando steadied the innings scoring 38 runs in the first 10 overs.

Both Fernando and Sooriyandra added 46 runs for the 2nd wicket before Indian bowlers picked wickets at regular intervals. India bowled out Sri Lanka for 160 in 38.4 overs. For Sri Lanka, Fernando was the top scorer with 49 while Paranavithana made 48 runs.

The Indian Under-19 team won the match by a massive margin of 144 runs and thus won the title. Harsh Tyagi was the pick of bowlers with figures of 6/38 in 10 overs while SA Desai took 2 wickets.

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