Sri Lanka U-19 v India U-19, Colombo December 21, 2015

Khaleel three-for gives India tri-nations title

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Under-19s 159 for 5 (Sundar 56, Damitha Silva 3-18) beat Sri Lanka Under-19s 158 (Randika 58, Khaleel Ahmed 3-29) by five wickets

Avesh Khan picked up two wickets with the new ball © PTI

India Under-19s' seamers shared seven wickets between them as they bowled their side to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka Under-19s in the final of the Tri-Nation Under-19s tournament. Taking the new ball after Sri Lanka chose to bat, Avesh Khan and the left-armer Khaleel Ahmed struck early, decisive blows to leave the hosts 23 for 4 within the tenth over of the innings. Sri Lanka never really recovered from there, with wicketkeeper Vishad Randika's 75-ball 58 (7x4) the only substantial innings in a total of 158. They were bowled out with 16 balls remaining. Khaleel finished with three wickets while Avesh, Shubham Mavi and the left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar bagged two each.

India's chase was anchored by the opener Washington Sundar, who made his third half-century of the tournament. Sundar made 56 off 77 balls (6x4) and added 89 for the first wicket with Rishabh Pant (35). Left-arm spinner Damitha Silva caused a mild wobble, picking up three wickets as India slipped from 111 for 1 to 155 for 5, but it was never going to cause undue concern with the target only 159. India eventually got home in the 34th over of their innings.

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  • Mehboob on December 22, 2015, 12:02 GMT

    Khaleel Ahmed is great bowler in U 19 india squad.

  • Manesh on December 22, 2015, 9:51 GMT

    Well played India...won all matches in this tourny and cup too...This shows the bench strength of India and neighbours.

  • Naresh on December 22, 2015, 7:51 GMT

    Well done to the lads. Nice team combination for WC preps. India needs one good spinner. We have not seen one good performance of note.

  • binu on December 22, 2015, 7:48 GMT

    @Anshu S , Virat Sing is a better choice than Khare I think.Mayank Dagar and Mahipal Loumror will be the strength of this team both are genuine bowlers ( left arm and legspin) who can bat well. Sundar also can contribute with ball.So it will be a perfectly balanced team. Rahul Batham is a pace bowling all rounder i guess who will add depth to the bowling variations.

  • Jayaesh on December 21, 2015, 19:34 GMT

    @jaggi.jagan :The name Washington was given by his father who wanted to pay homage to his mentor named PD Washington. @FIGHTCLUB_99 : Yes trimming the squad to 15 will be a tough task but if i have to hazard a guess 4 out of 5 names to be cut will be Virat Singh,Himanshu Rana,Kanishk Seth,Yogesh Sharma.

  • Jose on December 21, 2015, 16:21 GMT

    Good show.

    Someone like Dravid should be empowered to monitor the progress of such talents from Under-19, to under-23, to India-A.

    Whoever he may be, should also be an invited member of the team of national selectors, as usually the national captain used to be.

  • Unni on December 21, 2015, 16:15 GMT

    More happy for Dravid than the U19 boys. He has knack to pick the most extraordinary talents. Hope he unearths a fast bowler.

  • Jagan on December 21, 2015, 16:03 GMT

    I am quite intrigued by this bloke, Washington Sundar, both for his name and also by his batting abilities ! This kid is going to get a little interesting in the years to come ! I am sure there will be articles on his first name !

  • S on December 21, 2015, 13:51 GMT

    The selectors will have a hard time trimming down this 20-member squad to 15 for the WC. Who will be the unlucky ones to miss out?

  • karthik on December 21, 2015, 13:26 GMT

    2016 u-19 is easily in our pocket looking at the way these guys have played.Well done.Continue the good work

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