India v Sri Lanka, semi-final, Under-19 World Cup 2016, Mirpur February 9, 2016

Anmolpreet, Sarfaraz fifties put India Under-19s in final


India 267 for 9 (Anmolpreet 72, Sarfaraz 59, Asitha 4-43) beat Sri Lanka 170 (Mendis 39, Dagar 3-21) by 97 runs
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Anmolpreet Singh's measured 72 led India to 267, after a shaky start © Getty Images

India soared to the final of the Under-19 World Cup, for the fifth time, after their dominant 97-run win against Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Mirpur. India's top order was tested by Sri Lanka's pacers on a pitch with a tinge of green, but Anmolpreet Singh and Sarfaraz Khan added 96 together, and from thereon there was no stopping India, as they eventually sealed the victory with 44 balls to spare.

This means that India now have a shot at winning the title for an unprecedented fourth time, as they await either hosts Bangladesh or West Indies who will clash in the second semi-final at the same venue, on February 11.

Chasing 268, Sri Lanka were dealt an early blow when pacer Avesh Khan had Avishka Fernando leg-before in the first over. Kaveen Bandara, the other opener, was soon run-out, for four, after a mix-up between the wickets. In the tenth over, Mahipal Lomror moved smartly to his left from mid-on to catch Charith Asalanka's top edge, reducing Sri Lanka to 42 for 3. This left Kamindu Mendis and Shammu Ashan with a lot to do amid scoreboard pressure.

They batted slowly, sharing 49 in 13.5 overs, before Mendis was snapped up by Washington Sundar at short fine leg off the left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar. Lomror then injured his right ankle while trying to stop a drive, and limped off the field, three balls into his first over. He did not bowl further in the match.

Ashan made 38 before India's captain Ishan Kishan ran him out, with some sharp piece of fielding from midwicket. Vishad Randika and Wanidu Hasaranga exited in the space of three overs, as Sri Lanka fell to 149 for 7. Dagar then came back and wrapped up the tail, finishing with figures of 3 for 21.

India ran into early trouble as well when seamers Asitha Fernando and Lahiru Kumara removed Rishabh Pant and Kishan by the tenth over. Both openers struggled against pace and bounce, before edging away-going deliveries in a bid to break free. Both catches were taken by wicketkeeper Randika, though the first one was deemed clean only after several replays.

Sarfaraz and Anmolpreet came together and rode out threatening spells from the pacers, especially Asitha. Sarfaraz and Anmolpreet found their bearings once Sri Lanka introduced their spinners. Sarfaraz struck four fours with cuts, slog sweeps and orthodox sweeps. He even sent Damitha Silva over long-off for a six. Sarfaraz was dismissed when he miscued Asitha to mid-on in the 31st over.

Anmolpreet, who was reprieved on 32 at cover, cashed in, and reached his fifty off 69 balls with a wristy flick through midwicket. Anmolpreet then found good company from Sundar as India took the game away from Sri Lanka. They kept India ticking before Anmolpreet attempted a ramp and was given out caught behind, though replays suggested that it was deflected off the sleeve.

Sundar, too, was caught by Randika, after hitting 43 off 45 balls, including three fours. Lomror and Dagar then produced cameos as India took 49 from the last five overs.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Osama Ali on February 12, 2016, 14:49 GMT

    Most of the players in WC U19 seemed well over teenagers!!!! ICC should bring checks to ensure its level playing field!!!

  • Ashok on February 10, 2016, 14:37 GMT

    It is great to see Sarfaraz leading India U-19 into the Final with his consistent batting in every match. His temperament is great to tackle adversity & forge ahead. Unfortunately Pant failed today but hope he will get his score in the Final. Congrats to Team India for making it to the Final, Hopefully they will win the FInal & the championship!

  • santosh on February 10, 2016, 9:10 GMT

    Among a few good steps, appointment of Rahul Dravid as U19 coach was best thing BCCI could do for Indian Cricket!!!

  • Manik on February 10, 2016, 8:57 GMT

    I am a BD fan. Let me tell you BD does not have even a 30% chance when they meet in final. I think they can beat WI though. Recently they beat WI in a series. But BD vs IND vs AFG tri-series I observed carefully. BD came to 2nd place but there was no comparison with IND team. After that series BD added a left hand fast bowler in the team. Now the game could be little bit tight but IND will prevail I can bet on it.

  • DINESH on February 10, 2016, 7:40 GMT

    Electric predicted BD win. As usual the final result will be 360% opposite direction

  • Cricinfouser on February 10, 2016, 7:31 GMT

    Happy to see Bangladeshi cricket has improved immensely and i as a cricket fan i cheer all their victories except India but what realy upsets me is the attitude of their fans, they talk to much against India they are yet to reach 20% to India's victories across all format....

  • Mahadevan on February 10, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    As some persons predict, there is possibility of India-BD final. And we hope it is a cracker of the match. And for BD fans, Indians won't underrate BD team. Their coach is Rahul Dravid who had the experience of humiliating defeat against BD team in 2007 World cup. He was the captain then. He will be doubly sure to make India careful when playing BD. No doubt in 2007, BD were minnows. Now BD is not. The team which plays well will win the cup.

  • sohail on February 10, 2016, 6:22 GMT

    Sarfaraz khan reminding Mishbha"s form...He is not able to convert 50's into big 100's...

  • Logan on February 10, 2016, 6:03 GMT

    I think India are mighty mights for any team to challenge them. Good luck to the team that hopes to do so, you literally will come off second best

  • Manesh on February 10, 2016, 5:32 GMT

    Thanks for the 'Predictions'. Each and every match of India, 'Predictions' were against India and you know what happened. It is good for us that the opposite happening every time. lol

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