India, who are the defending champions of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup, outplayed ICC Under-19 World Cup champions Bangladesh at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium while Sri Lanka produced a spirited show to stop Pakistan at the ICC Academy Ground. For India, it was an easy semifinal as they recorded a 103-runs victory but Sri Lanka had to fight hard defending a small total to pull off an exciting 22-runs victory.
The architect of India’s victory was Shaik Rashid who cracked an unbeaten 90 off 108 balls with three boundaries and a six. He steered India to an impressive total of 243 for 8 in 50 overs. India’s bowlers struck repeatedly refusing Group B table-toppers Bangladesh to get back into the game and restrict them to 140 in 38.2 overs. India had finished second in Group A after losing to Group A table-toppers Pakistan. Incidentally, the two teams that have reached the final are those who finished second in their respective groups. Sri Lanka had finished second from Group B owing to a lesser run rate than Bangladesh.
The Sri Lanka-Pakistan semifinal was a keenly fought battle. Though Sri Lanka was bowled out for 147 in 44.5 overs, they fought back to restrict Pakistan to 125 in 49.3 overs. The hero of their triumph was off-spinner Treveen Mathew who bagged 4 for 14 from his 10 overs. He was well backed by his skipper Dunith Wellalage with three wickets for 31.
The final will be held on December 31 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Source | asiancricket.org