Tri-series: Rahul Dravid-coached India Under-19 win title in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Dec 21: Opener Washington Sundar struck a fluent fifty to back up the efforts of his bowlers as India Under-19 team, coached by Rahul Dravid, outplayed Sri Lankan colts by 5 wickets in the tri-series final here today.

Chasing 159 for victory at the R Premadasa Stadium, the Indian juniors rode on a solid 89-run opening stand between Sundar (56) and Rishabh Pant (35) to achieve the target in 33.5 overs.

Rishabh Pant scored 35

Left-arm spinner Damitha Silva did pick up three wickets to cause a bit of a stutter in the Indian chase but Ricky Bhui (29 not out) made sure the visitors pocket the summit clash with ease and remain unbeaten in the tournament.

Earlier electing to bat, Sri Lanka suffered from lack of partnerships to manage 158 all out in 47.2 overs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Vishad Randika top-scored with 58 runs, while left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed bagged three wickets.

Pace spearhead Avesh Khan, medium-pacer Shubham Mavi and left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar picked two wickets each. The third team in the tri-nation event, England U-19 remained winless in the four matches they played.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka Under-19 158 all out in 47.2 overs (Vishad Randika 58, Damitha Silva 23; Khaleel Ahmed 3-29) India Under-19 159/5 in 33.5 overs (Washington Sundar 56, Rishabh Pant 35; Damitha Silva 3-18).


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