15 November 2017

Defending champs India, Sri Lanka crash out of U-19 Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR, Tuesday - India were knocked out of the U-19 Asia Cup after suffering their second straight defeat in three days.

The defending champions lost to Nepal on Sunday and suffered a similar fate against Bangladesh on Tuesday to crash out of the tournament.

Rain in Kuala Lumpur had forced the match to be reduced to 32 overs per side and Bangladesh, after electing to field, restricted India for 187 for 8 in 32 overs.


India were reduced to 87 for 4 at halfway mark and were struggling to find batsmen who could play out the overs.

Salman Khan, coming in at number seven, scored an unbeaten 39 to help India cross the 150-run mark.

The Bangladesh batsmen performed just the opposite of Indians and chased down the target with four overs remaining.

After the defeat, India are out of the tournament and now Nepal and Bangladesh, from Group A, qualified for the semi-finals. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the other two teams to reach semi-final from Group B.

Afghanistan’s 134-run win over UAE sealed their place in the last four depriving Sri Lanka of a place. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka all ended with four points but Afghanistan and Pakistan went through on a better run rate.

Results of Tuesday’s matches:

q Bangladesh beat India by eight wickets.

India: 187-8 off 32 overs (A.Rawat 34, S.Khan 39 n.o.; R.Haque 3/43)

Bangladesh: 191-2 off 28 overs (P.Ghosh 81 n.o., N.Sheikh 38, T.Hridoy 48 n.o.)

q Afghanistan beat UAE by 134 runs.

Afghanistan: 224-3 off 20 overs (R.Gurbaz 59, D.Rasool 105 n.o.)

UAE: 90-9 off 20 overs (K.Lakhani 36)

q Nepal beat Malaysia by eight wickets.

Malaysia: 45 off 15.3 overs (S.Lamichhane 5/8)

Nepal: 51-2 off 5.3 overs.