With the help of a superb century from opener Himanshu Rana, the defending champion India register their win by 77-runs over Afghanistan Under-19 in the first semi-final at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.
With this victory, India Under-19 team continue to maintain their brilliant unbeaten streak to book a place in the final of the Asian Cricket Council’s Under-19 Asia Cup.
As India won the toss and choose to bat first, batsman Himanshu Rana, who smashed 12 fours and two sixes in his 123-ball knock for 130 and his big partnerships with Shubman Gill and the skipper Abhishek Sharma, to post 294 before being bowled out in 49.1 needs the run rate of 5.97 an over in against India but they were not able to maintain the pressure to hunt for runs after losing their early wickets.
Indian bowlers took control of the Afghan batting, as Naveen-ul-Haq’s five-wicket haul helped India to finish Afghanistan on 217 for 7 wickets when the overs ran out.
India will take on the winners of the second semi-final to be played between Bangladesh Under-19 and Sri Lanka Under-19 Wednesday at the same venue, where the final game also will be played there and on December 23.