India U-19 side booked a place in the final of the U-19 World Cup after beating Sri Lanka by 97 runs in Bangladesh on Tuesday. After early woes, fifties by Anmolpreet Singh and Sarfaraz Khan steadied the ship to take India to 267. In reply, Sri Lanka never looked to be a winning side – losing wickets at regular intervals and seeing the required run-rate rise rapidly. Mayank Dagar finished with figures of 3/21 as Sri Lanka collapsed at 170. Rahul Dravid coached side will either face Bangladesh or West Indies in the final on Sunday.
As it happened:
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1537 hrs IST: Anmolpreet Singh’s 72 run knock the difference maker in the end as he is adjudged as man of the match.
1532 hrs IST: India beat Sri Lanka by 97 runs to progress into the final. Fifth U19 World Cup final for India. Mayank Dagar with final figures of 3/21.
1530 hrs IST: Thilan Nimesh goes back to the pavillion. India a wicket away from the final!
1527 hrs IST: WICKET! Washington Sundar clean bowls Damitha Silva as the left-hander tries to hook a large hit. Sri Lanka all but done now at 170/8. Need 98 runs in 8 overs.
1508 hrs IST: With required rate rising alarmingly, Wanidu Hasaranga tries to let loose but doesn’t strike the ball cleanly. Khaleel Ahmed dismisses him. Sri Lanka now 149/7. Still need 119 runs from 75 balls.
— Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) February 9, 2016
1450 hrs IST: WICKET! Avesh Khan picks up his second wicket of the inning to inflict further misery on Sri Lanka who are now 133/6. Still need 135 runs in 15 overs.
1425 hrs IST: Run out! Quick work by Avesh Khan to catch a settled Ashan short. Ishan Kishan with good fielding and release to set that up. Sri Lanka are 108/5.
1420 hrs IST: An unexpected concern for Indian U19. First Rahul Batham hobbled off and then Mahipal Lomror needed physio attention. However, Batham back on the field two overs later.
India Under-19 is just too good for Sri Lanka…outplaying them in every single department. A spot in the finals is just a formality now.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 9, 2016
1408 hrs IST: WICKET! Kamindu Mendis tries to sweep it away but edges Mayank Dagar. Taken with ease by Mahipal Lomror. Sri Lanka are in deep trouble at 91/4 after 24 overs.
1353 hrs IST: DROP! Shammu Ashan has been dropped by Avesh Khan. A sitter at short third man and it is dropped before it races off to a four.
1345 hrs IST: Sri Lanka really need to pick up the pace if they are to reach this target. They are 74/3 after 20 overs. 194 required.
1304 hrs IST: Rahul Batham in his first over sends Sri Lankan captain Charith Asalanka back. Mahipal Lomror takes a smart catch to reduce Sri Lanka to 42/3 after 10 overs.
1235 hrs IST: Disastrous mix up involving ‘yes’, ‘no’ and in the end Kaveen Bandara walks back. Sri Lanka at a worrisome 13/2.
1224 hrs IST: WICKET! Avesh Khan catches Avishka Fernando lbw. Sri Lanka are 5/1 to close first over.
1220 hrs IST: Players are out in the middle as Sri Lanka begin their uphill battle to chase 268.
1150 hrs IST: India lose two wickets in the final over but finish strongly at 267/9. Sri Lanka to chase 268. India U19 scored 89 runs in the final 10 overs.
1133 hrs IST: Armaan Jaffer departs after doing his task successfully. Caught at midwicket after scoring 29 from 16 balls. India are 242/6 after 46 overs.
1123 hrs IST: Washington Sundar tries to sweep it but top-edges it only to be taken by wicketkeeper PVR de Silva. India are 218/5 with five overs remaining.
1111 hrs IST: Anmolpreet tries to play it behind the wicketkeeper but gloves it for a caught-behind. A valiant knock of 72 comes to an end with India at 193/4.
1100 hrs IST: PowerPlay is in effect. India are 178/3 at this stage with 10 overs remaining.
1021 hrs IST: Gone! Sarfaraz tries to go over the top but skies it and is taken comfortably this time. India are down to 123/3.
1020 hrs IST: The duo stepping up the tempo with 20 overs remaining. 33 runs coming in the last four overs. India are 123/2 after 30 overs.
1018 hrs IST: Dropped! Hasaranga drops Sarfaraz at cover. The ball was comfortably hit and headed straight for the Sri Lankan player but he lets it slip.
0950 hrs IST: Anmolpreet and Sarfaraz steadying a shaky start. India are 68/2 after 20 overs at a run-rate of 3.40.
0915 hrs IST: Terrible start for India. Have lost star player Rishabh Pant (14) and captain Ishan Kishan (7). Down to 29/2
0900 hrs IST: The two teams are out in the middle. We are all set for the semi-final
0830 hrs IST: TOSS – Sri Lanka win toss and choose to bowl
0900 hrs IST: India and Sri Lanka are playing the first semi-final of the U-19 World Cup
No fiery speeches were made by coach Rahul Dravid, no soul-stirring battle cry escaped captain Ishan Kishan’s throat. The mood at the India Under-19 team meeting on the eve of their World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka was rather reflective. In his typically understated manner, Dravid told the Indian team not to try anything different in the big match, but play the way they have in the tournament: in a relaxed and confident manner.
India Under-19 cricket coach Rahul Dravid on Monday said his team will have to produce a good all-round performance to outwit Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup semifinal on Tuesday given that both sides are well aware of what to expect from each other.
Armaan Jaffer talks the way he bats, and bats the way he talks. Out there in the middle, he watches the ball cautiously, picks the most apt shot from his repertoire and executes it perfectly.
Among other things, the Youth World Cup is perhaps the first place where young cricketers have their first real brush with the media. It prepares future stars for lesser innocent times when cameras and microphones will be thrust into their faces and an inquisition will begin. At this stage, however, the press too ceases to be cynical. The chit-chats are friendlier; journalists look genuinely interested in the back-story of their subjects. And they are ready to hype up the good and play down the bad. Which is, in most cases, the opposite of what usually happens at the senior level.