Bangladesh knock India out of U-19 Asia Cup

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

India's poor form continued in the U-19 Asia Cup as it crashed out of the tournament after going down to Bangladesh by eight wickets. The defending champions lost to Nepal on Sunday and suffered a similar fate against Bangladesh on Tuesday to crash out of the tournament. India's loss also meant that now Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal will clash in the semifinals.In a rain-affected match, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Earlier Bangladeshi bowlers managed to pick wickets at regular interval and India's Salman Khan top-scored with an unbeaten 39.

Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the first semi-final at the Kinrara Academy Oval ground tomorrow while Nepal will face Afghanistan in the other semi-final on Friday.

India U-19 team failed to get off to a good start, and things would have gone haywire had not Salman Khan (39) and Anuj Rawat (34) chipped in with some big hitting at the fag end.

Bangladesh's opening pair of Pinak Ghosh and Mohammad Naim Sheikh provided a solid 82-run partnership to dent India's hopes. The last four wickets added 71 to shore up the total in a must-win game. Ghosh then teamed up with Mohammad Tawhid Hridoy (48 not out) to accelerate towards victory with an unbroken 83-run stand for the fourth wicket.

India coach Rahul Dravid is certain to be disappointed, but not totally dismayed.

The remaining seven wickets tumbled for the addition of 12 runs as Malaysia were shot out for 45 in 15.3 overs with Sandeep Lamicchane claiming five for eight in 4.3 overs.

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