India set up final date with Pak

Shrugging off their disappointing loss against Pakistan in the last game, India U-19 boys held their nerves as they eked out a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka with five balls to enter the final of the Asia Cup here on Thursday.

Pakistan again will be their opponents in the title-decider.

After being put into bat, Sri Lanka scored 223 for eight in 50 overs. The Indian colts surpassed the target in 49.1 overs mainly due to a half-century from opener Ankush Bains. Bains was named the man-of-the match for his innings of 54 off 53 balls with four boundaries and a six.

Bains had to retire hurt after he was hit by a ball from pacer Binura Fernando.

The wicketkeeper-batsman then came back in the 34th over after India were tottering at 127 for five to anchor the chase. He got out in the 49th over when only seven runs were required off 11 balls. A couple of square cuts off left-arm spinner Lakshan Jayasinghe and a slog over long on off left-arm seamer Anuk Fernando were the highlights of Bains’ innings. Ricky Bhui (37), Akhil Herwadkar (27) and skipper Vijay Zol (22) began well but did not prosper much.

Kuldeep Yadav, who made a crucial 22, also contributed with the ball as his slow left-arm orthodox spin got him three wickets for 49 in 10 overs. Sarfaraz Khan (2/28) and Deepak Hooda (2/43) were the other wicket-takers.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 223/8 in 50 overs (Hashan Dumindu 60, Kuldeep Yadav 3/49, Sarfaraz Khan 2/28, Deepak Hooda 2/43). India 224/7 in 49.1 overs (Ankush Bains 54, Ricky Bhui 37).

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