India colts produced a clinical performance to outclass Sri Lanka by 144 runs in the summit clash of the 2018 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup in Dhaka on 07 October 208. The victory gave India their sixth title in the continental tournament. After batsmen set a competitive target of 305 runs, India bowlers bundled the Lankans out for 160 in 38.4 overs to reclaim the trophy. Left-arm spinner Harsh Tyagi was the pick of India attack as he bamboozled Lankan batsmen to return figures of 6 for 38 in ten overs.
India won the first five U-19 Asia Cups, but they failed to reach the semi-finals in the last edition in 2017 which was held in Malaysia. They have come back stronger this time around to remain unbeaten in the entire tournament. Sri Lanka’s run chase began on the wrong foot as they lost skipper Nipun Dananjaya (12) early to pacer Mohit Jangra to be at 20/1 in 6.1 overs. Indian bowlers squeezed the run flow after that with some tight bowling.
Tyagi did not stop there and struck twice in quick times. First, he removed Kalana Perera for nought in his next over (18th), before sending Nuwanidu Fernando (4) back to the pavilion with Sri Lanka struggling at 79/4 in 19.2 overs. It was all downhill for Sri Lanka after that, and soon two wickets in two balls left them reeling at 127/7 after 32.1 overs. Siddharth Desai dismissed Dulith Wellalage (7) with the final ball of the 32nd over before Nipun Malinga was run out without facing a ball while trying to steal a second run.