India, defending 273/8, bundle out Sri Lanka for 239 to lift the 2016 edition of the Youth Asia Cup in Colombo on Friday. After 70s from Himanshu Rana and Shubhnam Gill helped India to 273, spinners played their part in derailing Sri Lanka chase. The hosts, cruising at 158/2, lost wickets in a pack to fall short of the target by 34 runs. For India, skipper Abhishek Sharma played a major role in the win with his spell of 4/37. India defend the title they last won in 2013/14.
Match highlights, as it happened
2158 hrs IST: No-ball but a run-out. Sri Lanka lose their tenth and final wicket and lose the final by 34 runs
2150 hrs IST: Abhishek Sharma ends his spell with excellent figures of 4/37. His 10 overs made a lot of difference
2145 hrs IST: WICKET! Chahar deceives Ransika and Patel completes a fine stumping to give India the ninth wicket
2143 hrs IST: WICKET! Another soft dismissal and Chahar picks his second. Daniel departs, and only a special effort can give Sri Lanka the title here
2141 hrs IST: WICKET! No.4 for Abhishek Sharma as Buddila chips one straight to Shiva Singh. Sri Lanka are struggling now. Skipper Sharma has turned things around for India with a brilliant spell
2132 hrs IST: WICKET! Abhishek strikes again and gets rid of dangerous Kamindu for 53. Rana takes a fine catch. Sri Lanka 211/6
2128 hrs IST: Kamindu holds key for Sri Lanka in this pressure situation. He has Daniel for company and both need to put on a steady stand here. Asking rate is also rising with every dot delivery bowled in Colombo
2120 hrs IST: India fight their way back into the contest with two quick wickets. Pressure on the hosts now as they need 71 from the last 54 deliveries. Spinners doing a fine job for the Abhishek-led unit
2100 hrs IST: Chahar slips in an excellent over. Just one run coming from that. Sri Lanka now need 88 from 84 balls, 186/3
2045 hrs IST: Sri Lanka now need 101 runs off 104 balls, and have seven wickets in hand. India need a couple of quick wickets to put the hosts under pressure here
2034 hrs IST: WICKET! Skipper Abhishek strikes again as Kelly miscues the sweep to Nagarkoti in the deep. Sri Lanka lose the opener after a solid stand, 158/3
2026 hrs IST: 150 up for Sri Lanka in the 29th over of the innings. India continue to bowl the loose ball here and then. Can’t afford to do that at this stage since the hosts have plenty of wickets in the bag
2010 hrs IST: India have manage to apply brakes on Sri Lanka scoring after the wicket. This match is heading towards an exciting finish in Colombo
1950 hrs IST: WICKET! Abhishek tosses one up, invites the drive and Boyagoda (37) hits it straight to Priyam. Sri Lanka 105/2
1941 hrs IST: In desperate need of a breakthrough, Abhishek introduces himself into the attack
1940 hrs IST: Hundred up for Sri Lanka and their cruise in the final continues. India skipper Abhishek needs to find a wicket here. The pair of Boyagoda and Kelly taking the game away from them
1934 hrs IST: More spin as Priyam Garg is introduced into the attack now. Sri Lanka cruising at the moment
1931 hrs IST: Kelly goes after Chahar, doesn’t make good connection but Thakur makes a mess in the deep. Costly miss this for India
1928 hrs IST: After every quiet over, Sri Lanka manage to find a release shot and keep the asking rate in check. This is fine batting by both Kelly and Boyagoda
1924 hrs IST: Spin from both ends as Chahar and Shiva bowl in tandem. Equation for Sri Lanka – they need 194 runs from 38 overs
1920 hrs IST: Kelly and Boyagoda stitch a decent partnership for the hosts in the middle. They are operating at a brisk pace, and the asking rate is under check at the moment
1903 hrs IST: FIFTY up for Sri Lanka in the sixth over of the innings. This a superb start by the hosts as they continue to approach the chase in positive fashion
1901 hrs IST: Boyagoda goes after Thakur – leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far – and clears the ropes with ease. Top shot by the right-hander
1900 hrs IST: After five overs, Sri Lanka are 38/1. They lost the early wicket but runs continue to come at a brisk pace for the hosts
1852 hrs IST: Boyagoda is the new man in, he joins Sri Lanka opener Kelly in the middle
1849 hrs IST: WICKET! Soft dismissal as Chathuranga pulls the Thakur delivery straight to Shubhman in the ring. India pick the early wicket, Sri Lanka 27/1
1840 hrs IST: Chathuranga joins the act as he hits Thakur for consecutive boundaries. This is a brisk start by the hosts’ openers
1838 hrs IST: Yash Thakur to bowl from the other end for India. They would eye early wickets to put pressure on the hosts in the 274-run chase
1837 hrs IST: Sri Lanka make a good start to the chase, collect 11 runs from the first over
1833 hrs IST: Nagarkoti to start proceedings with the ball for India. Kelly and Chathuranga the two openers for the hosts
1830 hrs IST: Sri Lanka’s chase is about to get underway. They need 274 to lift the Youth Asia Cup. It will be a tough ask against a good Indian bowling line-up
1748 hrs IST: India post 273/8 against Sri Lanka in the first innings. Himanshu Rana and Shubhman GIll top score for India with 71 and 70 respectively
1745 hrs IST: WICKET! After collection 10 from the first four deliveries, Nagarkoti hits one straight to the fielder in the deep. India 272/8
1740 hrs IST: One to play, India are 262/7. A good final over will ensure a good finish for India, especially after the hiccups towards the fag end of the innings
1734 hrs IST: Shiva works it away for a single and brings up the 250 for India in the 48th over of the innings
1731 hrs IST: WICKET! Third wicket in the over as Ransika castles Priyam. India lose their seventh, 245/7
1730 hrs IST: Priyam and Shiva are in the middle for India. A late surge could get the Indian unit over 275 here. Sri Lanka have done well in the last five overs with regular wickets and tight lines
1724 hrs IST: WICKET! Just when they needed players to stay there and up the scoring, India continue to lose wickets in a pack. Het Patel is run-out for a duck, India 244/6
1722 hrs IST: WICKET! Salman, who was looking dangerous, hits the Ransika delivery straight to Kamindu. India lose their fifth, 244/5
1721 hrs IST: Salman is keeping the board moving at a brisk pace. He goes down on one knee and clears the ropes with ease. India 241/4 in the 46th over
1720 hrs IST: We are into the last five overs, and India won’t like this situation with two new players in the middle
1710 hrs IST: WICKET! Jayawickrama scalps the big fish. Shubhman goes big but finds the fielder in the deep. Good catch by Bandara to get rid of the dangerman. India 224/4
1704 hrs IST: Salman is the new man in for India, and he needs to ensure that he keeps the scoreboard moving without eating too many deliveries
1700 hrs IST: WICKET! Abhishek looks to accelerate the scoring but fails to clear mid-on with the big hit. Ransika gives Sri Lanka the much needed wicket. India 203/3
1658 hrs IST: 200 up for India in the 40th over. One set batsman in the middle, India would look at something in excess of 270 here
1655 hrs IST: India making most after winning the toss. Good start by the top-order, they are looking for a big score. Expect some fireworks as the teams set to enter the last ten overs. India 197/2 after 39 overs
1640 hrs IST: Shubman Gill lifts his bat as he brings up his fifty. Superb knock from the right-hander.
1638 hrs IST: Sri Lankan skipper rotating his troops, has been rotating his bowlers but Indian pair is not panicking. Shubman Gill a short away from his third fifty.
1635 hrs IST: Shubman Gill and Abhishek Sharma are not taking risks as both the batsmen are smartly rotating the strike and not letting pressure build on themselves.
1632 hrs IST: India looking solid as they reach 150 in the 28th over. Twin fifties from Himanshu Rana and Shubman Gill have lifted their confidence. Shubman is three runs away from his third half-century.
1620 hrs IST: Praveen Jayawickrama strikes again as he provides the much-needed breakthrough, gets Himanshu Rana. Bowls a slower one and Rana plays it early and the ball hits the off stump.
1618 hrs IST: Seven runs come from the 28th over. Himanshu Rana (71 of 78 balls) and Shubman Gill (48 runs from 52 balls)
1612 hrs IST: Kamindu Mendis hands the ball to Praveen Jayawickrama and Himanshu plays him wide of backward point. India at 148/1 after 27 overs.
1605 hrs IST: Himanshu ‘Man in form’ goes for a biggie this time, dispatches the ball over the ropes for a six over deep midwicket. First six of the innings. India 140 for 1 at the end of the 25th over.
1600 hrs IST: With 23 overs being bowled, Shubman and Himanshu have added 59 runs. Himanshu Gill, who came in after Prithvi Shaw’s dismissal, is second in the leading run-getter with 214 runs in the tournament.
1553 hrs IST: FIFTY up for Himanshu Rana! Second fifty for the right-handed batsmen in the tournament. Rana has struck six fours so far and looks solid.
1550 hrs IST: Six runs coming from Rashmika’s over. Himanshu Rana two runs short for his second half-century. Rana is the leading run scorer with 259 runs.
1546 hrs IST: Himanshu, who scored a superb hundred in the semifinal against Afghanistan, is not taking many chances. Its time for drinks. India at 110 for 1 at the end of the 19th over.
1544 hrs IST: Jayawickrama is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with seven wickets. Bowling his sixth over, he played well with the speed. Just two runs coming from the 18th over.
1536 hrs IST: 100 comes up for India in the 17th over. Shubman Gill (20 off 20 balls) and Himanshu Rana (40) have added 34 runs for the second wicket partnership.
1534 hrs IST: What a great piece of fielding by the fielder in the extra cover region. However, he stops four crucial runs for the hosts. India is one run short of 100 runs.
1525 hrs IST: Shubman Gill comes in for Prithvi Shaw. India 67 for 1 at the end of the 12th over.
1523 hrs IST: Praveen Jayawickrama provides the early breakthrough! Opener Prithvi Shaw has to go. Excellent line from around the wicket. Shaw gets down and goes for the sweep and hands it to Boyagoda.
1510 hrs IST: Just four runs coming from the ninth over. This time it was Himanshu Rana. Himanshu is taking his time and looking for wrong ones to be punished.
1455 hrs IST: FOUR! Rashmika is not able to bowl decent length and seems to be trying different things with each delivery but gets punished by Shaw. Takes India’s total to 31 at the end of the fifth over.
1450 IST: Four overs are being bowled and Prithvi Shaw and Himanshu Rana have added 22 runs. Both the openers trying to settle down first.
1435 hrs IST: Prithvi Shaw is looking strong here as he scores 10 runs in the very first over of Thisaru Rashmika.
1430 hrs IST: India Under-19s win toss and elect to bat. Prithvi Shaw and Himanshu Rana to open for India while Thisaru Rashmika will bowl the first over for Sri Lanka.