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India rout SL, meet Pak in U-19 Asia Cup final

June 29, 2012 17:28 IST

Captain Unmukt Chand (116) slammed a sparkling century as India spanked Sri Lanka by six wickets to storm into the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup cricket tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Chand, who opened with Manan Vohra (17), led from the front with a strokeful innings as India chased down the target of 245 with 2.5 overs to spare at the Kinrara Academy Oval.

India will take on Pakistan in Sunday's final.

The bedrock of India's run-chase was a steady third-wicket partnership of 105 between Chand and Vijay Zol (54). Chand faced 141 balls and hit 11 fours and a six during his innings. He was the last man out, in the 47th over, but, by then, he had taken India to the threshold of victory at 239 for 4.

Akshdeep Nath (15 not out) and Sanju Samson (5 not out) then took India to 247 for 4 in 47.1 overs, the latter ending the run-chase with a four.

Zol consumed 71 balls for his 54 and hit six fours before he was out in the 39th over.

For Sri Lanka, Tharindu Kaushal took two wickets for 20 runs while Sanitha del Mel and Lahiru Madushanka got one apiece.

Earlier, opting to bat, Sri Lanka never really had a grip on the game as the Indian bowlers kept them in check.

Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals and could go close to the 250-run mark, only because of a 103-run fifth-wicket stand between Sandun Weerakkody (73) and Niroshan Dickwella (66).

Off-spinner Baba Aparajith and left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh grabbed two wickets each India while Vikas Mehra and Sandeep Sharma took one each.

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