India Under-19s 266 for 7 (Pant 118, Virat 71, Bhui 50) beat Afghanistan Under-19s 162 (Obaid 63, Ansari 5-37) by 104 runs
A century from the opener Rishabh Pant set up India Under-19s' 104-run victory against Afghanistan Under-19s in Kolkata. India, after being inserted, lost Ishan Kishan early, but Pant and Virat Singh counterattacked by stringing together a 186-run partnership. Pant played the more aggressive foil, striking 14 fours and four sixes for his 98-ball 118, while Virat's 71 featured seven fours and a six. Both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession by the 33rd over, but the captain Ricky Bhui ensured the hosts' momentum was not lost, stroking a handy 50 to guide the team to 266 for 7.
Afghanistan did not begin their chase well, falling to 8 for 2 inside two overs. The opener Naveed Obaid fought with a 44-ball 63, but received little by way of support from his team-mates, who all failed to make good on their starts. Zeeshan Ansari was the pick of India's bowlers, taking 5 for 37 to bundle Afghanistan out for 162 in 28 overs.
India will now face Bangladesh in the final of the tri-series on Sunday.
India U19 vs Afghan U19
Tri-Nation Under-19s Tournament in India