- The final between India and Sri Lanka will be played on Friday
- Team India had won 2 out of 3 matches at the group level.
- Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to make it to the final
Sheikh Rashid’s unbeaten 90 was followed by a brilliant performance by the bowlers as India registered an impressive 103-run win over Bangladesh in the semi-final of the Under-19 Asia Cup.
Rashid’s 108-ball 108-ball three fours and a six-mannered knock as India posted 243 for eight in 50 overs, bundled out Bangladesh’s innings for 140 runs in 38.2 overs to seal a place in the final, where they will face Sri Lanka. .
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Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 22 runs in another semi-final played in Dubai. After being invited to bat first, Angkrish Raghuvanshi (16) and Harnoor Singh (15) failed to play big innings after spending some time at the crease.
Rashid, who came to the crease after Harnoor’s pavilion in the eighth over, kept one end till the end. During this, he got the support of captain Yash Dhull (26) and Raj Bawa (23) but both of them also failed to convert good starts into big innings like the openers.
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In the last over, the tail batsmen Rajvardhan Hungergekar (16 runs in seven balls) and Vicky Ostwal (28 not out off 18 balls) took the score beyond 240 by batting.
Rakibul Hasan was Bangladesh’s most successful bowler. He took three wickets for 41 runs in 10 overs. While chasing the target, Bangladesh got off to a good start by scoring 31 runs in the first five overs but after that the Indian bowlers tightened their grip and the team kept losing wickets at frequent intervals.
For that, Ariful Islam contributed 42 and opener Mahfizul Islam contributed 26 runs. For the Indian team, Hungergekar, Ravi Kumar, Bawa, Ostwal took two wickets each while Nishant Sidhu and Kushal Tambe took one wicket each.
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan
In the second semi-final, Sri Lanka, after losing eight wickets for 70 runs, scored 147 runs in 44.5 overs with useful innings from ninth and 10th and 11th order batsmen Yashiru Rodrigo (31 not out), Mathisha Pathirana (31) and Triveen Mathew (12). The team then dismissed Pakistan for 125 in 49.3 overs. The final of the tournament will be played in Dubai on Friday.