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India U19 lifted their third consecutive U-19 Asia Cup title after defeating Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the decider.
Chasing 274 to win their maiden title, Sri Lankan colts were going great guns and were the favorites to win the final at one stage when they needed 78 runs from the 74 balls with seven wickets in hand. However, Abhishek Sharma brought India right back into the game by dismissing Krishan Arachchige when the score was 196. Five runs later, the hosts suffered another setback when Shiva Singh’s direct throw caught Ashen Bandara short of the crease. Sri Lankan captain Kamindu Mendis was holding firm from one end and was threatening to take the match away from the Indian team. But skipper Abhishek Sharma dismissed his Sri Lankan counterpart for 52 to consolidate their position in the match. Mendis was the sixth wicket to fall leaving his team staring down the barrel. Rahul Chahar and Sharma then made light work of the Sri Lankan lower order to help India defend their title they last won in 2013/14.
Earlier, Abhishek Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first and his decision was proved right straightaway as openers Prithvi Shaw and Himanshu Rana gave the team a flying start as they added 67 runs for the first wicket. The partnership was broken when Shaw (39) scooped a Praveen Jayawickrama delivery high into the air while trying to lay a sweep. An 88 run partnership between Rana (71) and Shubham Gill (70) then helped India to strengthen their position in the match before the former was clean bowled by Jayawickrama. Abhishek Sharma (29) and Salman Khan (26) too chipped in with useful knocks before a late cameo from Kamlesh Nagarkoti (23 from 14 balls) helped the Indian colts to post 273 for 8.