India secured the final berth of the ICC U-19 World Cup 2016 routing Sri Lanka by 97 runs in the first semi-final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
This is for the fifth time that India reached the final of the U-19 World Cup. They emerged champion thrice while once they had to satisfy with the runner-up trophy. They will face the winner of the second semi-final Bangladesh or West Indies in the final on February 14.
India piled up a fighting total of 267 runs for nine wickets in 50 over with the assistance of Anmolpreet Singh and Sarfaraz Khan. Chasing the target Sri Lanka could mange 170 runs to concede the 97 runs defeat.
Sri Lanka stumbled at the beginning losing their both opener Avishka Fernando (4) and Kaveen Bandara (2) for 13 runs. Bandara was run out while Avishka Fernando became an LBW victim.
Skipper Charith Asalanka and Kamindu Mendis tried to recover the early damage adding 29 runs for the third wicket pair. Charith Asalanka got out scoring six runs.
Kamindu Mendis and Shammu Ashan then added 49 runs for the fourth wicket pair to keep lightening some hope. But they failed to make it bigger as Mendis got out scoring 39 runs.
Losing the wicket of Mendis Sri Lanka derailed from their track. Later some batters showed some individual effort but it was not enough to sail them into the final.
Shammu Ashan scored 38 runs, Vishad Randika De Silva made 28 runs while Damitha Silva contributed 24 runs.
For India, Mayank Dagar grabbed three wickets while Avesh Khan took two wickets.
Earlier, India lost their best batters Rishabh Pant (14) for only 23 runs. Adding four runs more on the board skipper Ishan Kishan (7) also walked off the ground.
Anmolpreet Singh and Sarfaraz Khan then assisted 96 runs to rebuild the innings. Both of them hit fifties. Sarfaraz Khan made 59 runs off 71 balls with six fours and a six before he was got out off Asitha Fernando.
Anmolpreet Singh then added another 70 runs for the fourth wicket stand with Washington Sundar. Thilan Nimesh broke the pair grabbing the wicket of Anmolpreet Singh who made a 92-ball 72 runs with six fours and a four.
Washington Sundar missed his fifty for seven runs as Thilan Nimesh root him out. Number six Armaan Jaffer contributed 29 runs.
Asitha Fernando bowled brilliant for Sri Lanka grabbing four wickets for 43 runs while Lahiru Kumara and Thilan Nimesh hauled two wickets each.