India enter U-19s Asia Cup Final
India rode on runs from Unmukt Chand and RCBian Vijay Zol to beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the U-19s Asia Cup semi final at the Kinrara Academy Oval on Friday.
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first, posting 244/7 helped by half centuries from Sandun Weerakkody (73) and Niroshan Dickwella (66). Spinner Baba Aparajith (2/27) put in a good performance for India.
Indian skipper Unmukt Chand dropped anchor to score 116 and he received good support from Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Vijay Zol who made 54. Zol and Chand added 105 for the third wicket after Chand had added 65 for the second wicket with Aparajith. The partnership was a crucial part of the India innings and shut the door on the Sri Lankan efforts.
Akshdeep Nath and Sanju Samson guided India to 247/4 after Zol and Chand departed, sealing a 6 wicket win.
India will now play Pakistan in the final at the same venue for the Asian Cricket Council’s U-19s Asia Cup Trophy on Sunday.
Vijay Zol had struck an unbeaten 109 against Pakistan in a match in the earlier stage of the tournament but India still lost the game by 1 run off the last ball. The final will be his opportunity to make amends and win the trophy for India, something even the senior team fell short of at the 2012 Asia Cup played in Dhaka in March.