India v Sri Lanka, Under-19s Asia Cup, 2nd semi-final June 29, 2012

Unmukt Chand century takes India to final

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India U-19s 247 for 4 (Chand 116, Zol 54) beat Sri Lanka Under-19s 244 for 7 (Weerakkody 73, Dickwella 66) by six wickets
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A commanding century by India Under-19s captain Unmukt Chand took them to the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur as they registered a comfortable six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka Under-19s. The bedrock of India's chase of 245 was a steady third-wicket partnership of 105 between Chand and Maharashtra batsman Vijay Zol. The win sets up a final between India and Pakistan on Sunday.

Led by Tamil Nadu spinner Baba Aparajith, who bowled an economical spell (2-29), India kept a stranglehold on Sri Lanka early in the innings. Sri Lanka progressed at less than four runs per over and they regularly lost wickets. They seemed to have fallen into a hole when No. 4 batsman Angelo Jayasinghe was run out in the 34th over, but left-hand batsman Sandun Weerakkody continued his impressive run in the tournament with 73 off 75 deliveries, and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella scored a quick 66 to take Sri Lanka to a competitive total. Their partnership of 113 runs came at a run-rate of 7.29 as they recovered from 121 for 4 in the 34th over to 234 for 5 in the penultimate over. Weerakkody's innings, which had five boundaries and two sixes, boosted his tournament average to 61.33. Left-arm seamer Rush Kalaria took the brunt of the punishment by the two batsmen, giving away 55 runs in his eight overs.

India, on the other hand, did not have to depend on a late-innings flourish as their chase was shepherded by Chand's 116. Sri Lanka seemed to have a look-in after the wickets of Punjab batsman Manan Vohra in the sixth over, and Aparajith for 23 in the 18th over, but India were soon back on track. Zol, who had gained a reputation as a big-innings player with a 451 against Assam Under-19 last year, supported his captain with a steady 54. Their stand of 105 in 124 balls took the game away from Sri Lanka before Zol was dismissed in the 39th over. Neither batsmen took many risks but scored the odd boundary to keep pace with the required run-rate. Chand fell in the 47th over, bowled by pacer Sanitha de Mel before Uttar Pradesh player Akshdeep Nath and No. 6 Sanju Samson finished the game with 17 balls to spare.

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  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @Chirath Ech Yu : I suppose you are not aware about statistics. Lanaks have not beaten India even once in test matches in India. Have not won ODI series against India in India.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    wonderful. all the best to our boys for final show. They can do it ----

  • Sakthi on June 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    @ Chirath Ech Yu : We are bored of these population statics. Portugal,Greece, Paraguay,Netherlands are less populate than SL they play dominate football. Whats up dude.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @Anindya Sen, dude please, India's population: 1,210,193,422....Sri Lanka's population:20,860,000...and still Sri Lanka is one of the best cricketing nations, and has a good record against India. And how many times have Sri Lanka put India out of major tournaments?

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Unmukh Chand a player for big occassions !

  • Syed on June 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Hey East_West, the reason is that England, Australia, South Africa, NZ etc. players are actually under 19!

  • Sanjay on June 29, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    @Anindya Sen: Well said brother lol!

  • gulshan on June 29, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    india need to look for a consitant opener along with unmukt chand. india hs already tried 3 openers(manan vohra, akhil herwadkar, sanju samson) in 4 matches in asia cup. even record of akhil herwadkar nd manan vohra was not gd in quadrangular series. how long will you expect unmukt chand to win single handedly. pls check record of manan vohra nd akhil herwadkar. not of indian standard. if other openers keep scoring 10 or 20. it wd b difficult in world cup.

  • Dheeraj on June 29, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Unmukt Chand and Vijay Zol both seem promising for India, Zol is 2 years younger than Chand. Looking forward to the finals.

  • Sikandar on June 29, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    I think this is the most puzzling aspect of Indian cricket at Junior level! We have won quite a few worldcups [under 19s etc.] but once we get to the senior level, India is still behind Australia, England and South africa in terms of bowling talent, especially pace and inability to play short balls, etc! i wonder where we are going wrong!!

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