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India beat Sri Lanka U-19 by 34 runs to win Asia Cup

Skipper Abhishek Sharma (4/37) led from the front as India colts registered win in the Colombo thriller

India showcased a clinical performance to beat hosts Sri Lanka by 34 runs and lift the Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup title.

Batting first after winning the toss, India Under-19s posted a competitive 273 for eight in their 50 overs and then rode on its spinners fine bowling effort to bowl out Sri Lanka Under-19 to 239 in 48.4 overs at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Prithvi Shaw (39) and Himanshu Rana shared a solid 67-run opening partnership. Rana, who had scored a fifty and a century in the league stages, continued his great form to notch up 71. He was given good support by Shubhman Gill, who smashed 70 and shared 88-run stand for the second wicket.

At 203/2, India were staring at a total of over 300 but some disciplined bowling from the Sri Lankans resulted in just 70 runs in the last 10 overs. Nipun Ransika and Praveen Jayawickrama picked up three wickets each as India ended up on 273/8.

For Sri Lanka Under-19s, pacer Nipun Ransika (3/50) and left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama (3/53) shared six wickets between them.

Chasing 274 runs for win, Sri Lanka Under-19s lost opener Vishva Chathuranga (13) early before Reven Kelly (62) and Hasitha Boyagoda (37) stabilised their chase with a 78-run second wicket stand.

Skipper Kamindu Mendis (53) also made half-century for the Lankans in the losing cause. The hosts at one stage were in control of the chase at 196 for four in 37.4 overs. As the match progressed, Sri Lankan lost the plot in the last 10 overs as their last six batsmen could contribute just 43 runs.

Abhishek Sharma (4/37) produced a brilliant display of slow left-arm orthodox bowling and was assisted by leggie Rahul Chahar, who returned with impressive figures of three for 22 from his quota of 10 overs to dismantle the Lankans.

Brief Scores: India 273/8 (Rana 71, Gill 70; Ransika 3/50) beat Sri Lanka 239 by 34 runs (Kelly 62, Mendis 53; Sharma 4/37).

Man of the Match: Abhishek Sharma

Man of the Series: Himanshu Rana

BCCI Staff

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Virat named captain of ICC ODI team of the year

The side also features Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja

Virat Kohli, India's prolific performer has been named as captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year. The team includes three Australians, Indians, South Africans each, and one each from England and West Indies. De Villiers has been selected for the sixth time since 2010, while Starc has been picked up for the third time in four years.

ICC ODI Team of the Year 2016 (in batting order) is:

1. David Warner (Australia)
2. Quinton de Kock (South Africa) (wicketkeeper)
3. Rohit Sharma (India)
4. Virat Kohli (India) (captain)
5. AB de Villiers (South Africa)
6. Jos Buttler (England)
7. Mitchell Marsh (Australia)
8. Ravindra Jadeja (India)
9. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
10. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
11. Sunil Narine (West Indies)
12. Imran Tahir (South Africa)

Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara selected the side based on players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016.

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