India Under-19s clinch Tri-nations Tournament
The India Under-19s defeated Bangladesh Under-19s by 129 runs to clinch the Tri-nations Under-19 tournament in Colombo. Saurav Tiwary top scored with 86 as India were bowled out for 199, after which they dismissed Bangladesh for 70, with Abu Nechim taking a career-best 6 for 9.
India got off to a positive start after electing to bat first, but a top-order collapse negated the 42-run opening stand between Shreevats Goswami and Abhinav Mukund. Goswami, Mukund, and Tanmay Srivastava fell within the space of seven runs as India were in a spot of bother at 48 for 3.
Tiwary arrived at the crease and in the company of Virat Kohli put on a 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket to resurrect India's position. While Kohli was more circumspect, scoring his 27 of 69 balls, Tiwary was in an attacking mode, hitting five sixes and five fours in his knock of 86. After Kohli's dismissal, Tiwary found an able partner in Iqbal Abdullah, adding 58 for the sixth wicket.
India were finally dismissed for 199 in the last over of their innings, with Rubel Hussain and Golam Kibria, the Bangladeshi opening bowlers, taking three wickets apiece.
Bangladesh may have fancied their chances of victory before going in to bat, but Nechim put paid to those hopes, taking 6 for 9 as they were routed for 70. Amanpreet Singh picked up two wickets, including the prize scalp of Mahmudul Aziz, the Bangladesh captain, for 17. Nasir Hossain, who scored 21, and Aziz were the only batsmen to register double-figures as India made use of bowling friendly conditions at the Colts Cricket Club ground.
India finished the tournament with wins in all of their five matches while Bangladesh had recorded a solitary win against Sri Lanka, who did not win a single match.