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Sri Lanka beat India by 3 runs to lift Emerging Teams Asia Cup

Needing 271 in the final held at R. Premadasa Stadium, India were restricted to 267-9

Sri Lanka Emerging team beat India Emerging Team by three runs in the thrilling final of the of the 3rd ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018 at R. Premadasa International Stadium, Colombo on 15th December.

After electing to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 270 and went onto to defend their score and restrict India to 267/9 in a cracking game, which was full of twists and turns.

India were struggling in their chase at 127 for 6 as the Sri Lankan spinners ran through the strong Indian middle order on a pitch which offered plenty of spin. Indian skipper Jayant Yadav and Shams Mulani added 107 runs for the 7th wicket to send jitters into the Sri Lankan camp.

Jayant made a brilliant 85-ball 71 with 5 fours, while Mulani stroked 46 runs off just 44 balls. But, Sri Lanka once again got them back to the driver’s seat through two exceptional pieces of brilliance on the field in the space of two balls.

Yet, India were kept in the hunt by Atit Sheth who made a couple of massive sixes in the final over. With 20 runs to win, ambidextrous bowler Kamindu Mendis was put to the sword by Sheth slamming 2 sixes.

With a six needed off the final ball, Sheth connected but his slog was stopped inside the boundary. But, the Sri Lankan leaked only 16 runs as Sheth failed to connect the final delivery over the ropes.

Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya dismissed opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad and wicket-keeper batsman Simran Singh, while off spinner Shehan Jayasuriya clean bowled the two main pillars in the Indian lineup, Himmat Singh and Deepak Hooda.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 270-7 in 50 overs (H.Boyagoda 54, S.Jayasuriya 46, K.Mendis 61, W.Hasaranga 31*) beat India 267-9 in 50 overs (Jayant Yadav 71, Shams Mulani 46, Nitish Rana 40; A.Guneratne 3-38) by 3 runs

Player of the Match: Kamindu Mendis (Sri Lanka)

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Unbeaten Emerging India top Group A

Himmat Singh's 124 not out guides the team to a four-wicket win over hosts Sri Lanka in the final group game

India remained the only unbeaten team in the group stages of the 3rd ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup after the final day of the group stage matches, played on 10th December, Monday in Colombo.

India were propelled by Himmat Singh’s unbeaten 124, which carried them home against the co-hosts, Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium in a high-scoring chase.

In the clash that would determine Group A toppers, Sri Lanka posted a decent score of 260 after electing to bat first.

Avishka Fernando, who opened in the previous matches, came in at number three and slammed a fine, well calculated 80 in 106 balls to anchor the Lankan innings. His second half-century in the tournament had six fours and one six.

Sri Lanka were down to six wickets before the final powerplay as the Indian pacers, Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna troubled the Sri Lankan middle order. Experienced Asela Gunaratne played a gem of an innings to help Sri Lanka finish with a flourish. His unbeaten 67 came in just 64 deliveries with 7 fours as India were set a target of 261.

Fast-bowler Asitha Fernando trapped Atharwa Taide plumb in front in the very first ball of the Indian chase. Taide’s opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad and two down batsman Himmat Singh constructed an invaluable 148-run stand for the third wicket to set up the chase.

Both Gaikwad and Singh manoeuvred the field brilliantly to get easy singles and score the odd boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking. Gaikwad played out 73 balls to score his 67, which also consisted 5 fours and 1 six.

Singh was the pillar of strength in the Indian innings as he remained unbeaten scoring a magnificent 126 off 140 balls with 12 fours and 2 sixes. He scored the winning runs as India reached the target with 15 balls to spare. Ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis picked up three wickets for Sri Lanka.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 260/7 in 50 overs (A.Fernando 80, S.Jayasuriya 38, A.Guneratne 67*; S.Mavi 3/62) lost to India 261/6 in 47.3 overs (R.Gaikwad 67, H.Singh 126*; K.Mendis 3-51) by four wickets

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