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India Squeezes Lanka in Under 19 Final of Asia Cup

December 24, 2016

Report in ESPNcrcifo

Half-centuries from opener Himanshu Rana and No. 3 Shubman Gill provided India Under-19s with a total of 273, which they were able to defend successfully thanks a middle-overs squeeze by their spinners Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Chahar. In the end, hosts Sri Lanka were beaten by 34 runs. At one point though, that result had seemed unlikely. With the momentum of picking up six wickets in the last 11 overs fuelling them, Sri Lanka went after the target with great vigour. Captain Kamindu Mendis and R Kelly struck fifties each to take the score to 158 for 2 in the 31st over. That brought the equation down to 116 off 118 balls with eight wickets in hand. 

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India needed to re-establish control and their 16-year old captain Abhishek helped with that, dismissing Kelly for 63. He finished with figures of 4 for 37 in 10 overs of left-arm spin and claimed the Man-of-the-Match award. Sri Lanka had to deal with Chahar’s miserly legspin from the other end. With him bowling his full quota, giving away only 22 runs, and picking up three wickets as well, the chase unravelled. Sri Lanka lost three wickets in five overs between the 38th and 43rd, then another three wickets with the score on 225 and were finally bowled out for 239.

It signalled the importance of first-innings runs in Colombo, and India were able to put up enough thanks to Rana’s 71 off 79 balls and Gill’s 70 off 92 balls. While their partnership of 88 for the second wicket was on, it seemed like India would get to a total of 300 or more, but seamer Nipun Ransika, who took two wickets in the 47th over, and left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama, who dismissed both the half-centurions, ensured that did not happen. Sri Lanka would later realise that the damage had already been done.

India Under-19s innings (50 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal PP Shaw c Boyagoda b Jayawickrama 39 36 6 0 108.33
View dismissal HJ Rana b Jayawickrama 71 79 6 1 89.87
View dismissal Shubman Gill c Bandara b Jayawickrama 70 92 4 0 76.08
View dismissal Abhishek Sharma* c Boyagoda b Ransika 29 44 2 1 65.90
View dismissal SF Khan c Mendis b Ransika 26 21 2 1 123.80
View dismissal PK Garg b Ransika 5 6 0 0 83.33
View dismissal HJ Patel run out (Mendis) 0 1 0 0 0.00
Shiva Singh not out 6 7 0 0 85.71
View dismissal KL Nagarkoti c Weerasingha b Rashmika 23 14 1 1 164.28
RD Chahar not out 0 0 0 0
Extras (lb 1, w 3) 4
Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 273 (5.46 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ
View wicket T Rashmika 8 1 48 1 6.00
View wickets WAN Ransika 7 0 50 3 7.14
JKC Daniel 4 0 28 0 7.00 (1w)
View wickets P Jayawickrama 10 0 53 3 5.30
HB Weerasingha 10 0 47 0 4.70
H Boyagoda 7 0 29 0 4.14 (2w)
PHKD Mendis 4 0 17 0 4.25
Sri Lanka Under-19s innings (target: 274 runs from 50 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal R Kelly c Nagarkoti b Abhishek Sharma 62 101 5 1 61.38
View dismissal V Chathuranga c Shubman Gill b Thakur 13 12 3 0 108.33
View dismissal H Boyagoda c Garg b Abhishek Sharma 37 38 5 1 97.36
View dismissal PHKD Mendis* c Rana b Abhishek Sharma 53 57 4 0 92.98
View dismissal KSW Arachchige c & b Chahar 14 25 1 0 56.00
View dismissal KNA Bandara run out (Shiva Singh) 2 13 0 0 15.38
View dismissal JKC Daniel c Shaw b Chahar 15 15 1 0 100.00
View dismissal HB Weerasingha c Shiva Singh b Abhishek Sharma 7 11 1 0 63.63
T Rashmika not out 7 9 0 0 77.77
View dismissal WAN Ransika st †Patel b Chahar 0 2 0 0 0.00
View dismissal P Jayawickrama run out (Thakur) 6 11 0 0 54.54
Extras (b 7, lb 5, w 9, nb 2) 23
Total (all out; 48.4 overs) 239 (4.91 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ
KL Nagarkoti 8 0 54 0 6.75 (3w)
View wicket YS Thakur 6.4 0 52 1 7.80 (1nb, 2w)
Shiva Singh 10 0 35 0 3.50 (1w)
View wickets RD Chahar 10 0 22 3 2.20 (1nb)
PK Garg 1 0 10 0 10.00
View wickets Abhishek Sharma 10 1 37 4 3.70 (3w)
Shubman Gill 3 0 17 0 5.66

Match details


Toss – India Under-19s
Series – India Under-19s won the 2016/17 Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup
Youth ODI debuts – RD Chahar, KL Nagarkoti and HJ Patel (India Under-19s)
Player of the match – Abhishek Sharma (India Under-19s)
Player of the series – HJ Rana (India Under-19s)
Umpires – REJ Martinesz and Sarika Prasad (Singapore)
TV umpire – RSA Palliyaguruge
Match referee – N Devarajan
Reserve umpire – Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afghanistan)
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