U-19 Asia Cup: India beat Sri Lanka by 144 runs to win 6th title

first_imgThe Indian Under-19 boys registered a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka in the final to win the U-19 Asia Cup for the sixth time.India thrashed Sri Lanka by 144 runs in the summit clash in Dhaka thanks to spinner Harsh Tyagi’s six-wicket haul.Chasing a mammoth 305 for a victory, Sri Lanka kept losing wickets and crumbled for 160 in 38.4 overs as Tyagi finished with an impressive figures of 6/38.Earlier, India rode on half-centuries from Yashasvi Jaiswal (85), stand-in skipper PrabhSimran Singh (65 not out), Anuj Rawat (57) and Ayush Badoni (unbeaten 52) to post 304/3 in their 50 overs.The Sri Lankan batsmen had no answers to Harsh Tyagi’s superb bowling performance which earned him the Man of the Match award!#INDvSL #YouthAsiaCup pic.twitter.com/VV58Hr8ycP AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) October 7, 2018India are the most successful team in the youth Asia Cup history winning titles in 1989, 2003, 2012 (shared), 2014, 2016, 2018. Only two other nations — Pakistan (2012 shared) and Afghanistan (2017) — have also had success in the past.Just 9 days ago, the senior team had defeated Bangladesh in a closely-fought final in Dubai to emerge as continental champions.Runaway favourites, India outplayed Sri Lanka in all departments by first scoring an imposing 304 for three at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium after skipper PrabhSimran Singh won the toss and elected to bat.from the finals!#INDvSL #YouthAsiaCup pic.twitter.com/SZAWLUY5jM AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) October 7, 2018All the Indian batsmen contributed with openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (85 off 113 balls) and Anuj Rawat (57 off 79 balls) creating solid foundation with 121-run stand.However, the highlight of the Indian innings was Ayush Badoni’s blistering unbeaten knock of 52 off 28 balls which included five sixes and two fours. Along with skipper PrabhSimran, Badoni added 110 runs in 9.1 overs to literally bat Sri Lanka out of the match.advertisementTyagi flighted a few and fired a few down the channel in what was his best performance at the U-19 level till date.India did have one tough match against Bangladesh in the semi-final which they won by two runs.”I couldn’t play today but I am very happy that my team won,” India’s regular captain Pavan Shah said in company of his deputy and stand-in skipper Prabh Simran.Man-of-the-match Tyagi, who bowled a disciplined line said: “The instruction was to bowl at one spot after doing a video analysis of the Sri Lanka team. The wicket also assisted the spinners.”It was left-hander Jaiswal, who hit some flowing drives including a pulled six over deep mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Dushith Wellalage.For his consistency (318 runs in the tournament), Jaiswal was adjudged man-of-the-tournament.The Lankans used five spinners — three off-breaks and two left-arm spinners but all of them were slow through the air giving batsmen enough time to go on the back-foot.Indian batting’s most entertaining part was the death overs when Badoni and PrabhSimran brutally assaulted the opposition spinners.In an over from left-arm spinner Shashika Dulshan, Badoni hit four sixes with a couple of them landing in stands.A product of Delhi’s famous Sonnet Club, his technique against spinners was impressive and like his ‘senior’ Rishabh Pant, he loves the slog hit over cow corner.(With inputs from PTI)last_img