U19 Youth Asia Cup India wins over Sri Lanka match Highlights:
• India won by 144 runs
• They dismissed Sri Lanka for 160 in 38.4 overs
• Batting first, India had made 304
• Tyagi picked up 6-38 for India
During the U19 Youth Asia Cup India wins over Sri Lanka, India lifted the Cup for the sixth time after downing the Sri Lankan side by a huge margin of 144 runs in the final. The Indian colts produced a clinical performance to rout their opponents in the summit clash of the 8 nation tournament. Harsh Tyagi’s six-wicket haul helped India outclass Sri Lanka after earlier scoring a massive 304.
India U19 took to the crease first in the all crucial match as they looked to put on a competitive total. Top firing in unison, India’s top three went hammer and tongs to take India to a mammoth total. The trio of Yashavi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat and DevduttPandikal provided a solid platform for Simran Singh and Ayush Badoni to tee off from and take India to 304-3.
Jaiswal and Rawat dominated Sri Lanka’s bowlers with the opening pair putting on a 121 run partnership in 25 overs. Giving their side the ideal start, both raked up half-centuries as they walked all over the Sri Lankan bowlers.
Rawat (57) finally fell in the 26th over to left arm-spinner Wellagale but it hardly hindered India’s hopes with Pandikal walking in to keep the runs flowing with Jaiswal who top scored for the champions with 85. Another breezy inning by the opener saw him bag the man of the tournament award for his consistent and thoroughly enjoyable batting performances throughout the tournament.
Singh and Badoni teed off towards the end of the Indian innings to take the side past the 300 run mark. Both went berserk in the dying overs, taking on Sri Lankans bowlers like there was no tomorrow. 65 of 37 for Singh and 52 of 28 for Badoni saw both operate at a strike rate of above 150 to end India’s batting effort in perfect style.
Always going to be an uphill task for Sri Lanka chasing such a huge total on such a big stage, the Indian bowlers made it even more difficult for them. A Sri Lankan side that had failed to win the tournament, falling in three previous finals, failed to change that record.
Bamboozled by India’s spinners, Sri Lanka were unable to escape the web they were caught around in. Losing Dananjaya in the opening overs, started Sri Lanka’s chase on the wrong foot. They did recover to reach 66-1 in 15 overs, before the man of the match Harsh Tyagi decided to take things into his own hands.
Striking in quick succession, Tyagi picked up three wickets to see Sri Lanka struggling at 79-4. He continued to wreak havoc on the Lankans, picking up the crucial wicket of Fernando, who was holding up Sri Lanka’s innings. Not stopping there, Tyagi continued to decimate his opponents, registering figures of 6-38 to help his side to a 144 run victory.
With the win, India picked up the Asia Cup trophy for the sixth time in the tournament’s history. Since its inception in 1983, India has been crowned champions six times out of seven with Afghanistan the only other winner in 2017.
Harsh Tyagi in the post-match interview -“It was quite helpful for the spinners. I was sticking to my basics and planning with the captain. It was enjoyable out there. Hats off to all our staff members and our coaches. With our video analyst, we had a video that helped us on where to bowl. Always a great opportunity for the youngsters to play here, I would like to thank the ACC for organizing this tournament.”
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