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U-19 ASIA CUP FINAL
India pips Bangladesh by five runs to lift seventh title
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India pips Bangladesh by five runs to lift seventh title



India U-19 beat Bangladesh U-19 by five runs to win the 2019 ACC Asia Cup at the RPS stadium in Colombo on Saturday. This is India's seventh triumph in the continental tournament for junior cricketers.
 
Left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar returned with a five-wicket haul to help India clinch the title with a thrilling five-run win over Bangladesh in a low-scoring final here on Saturday. Defending a paltry total of 106, India dismissed Bangladesh for 101 in 33 overs, courtesy 18-year-old Ankolekar, who emerged as the star for the Indian team with figures of 5 for 28 from 8 overs.
 
While Ankolekar spun a web of spin to derail Bangladesh’s chase, he was supported well by pacer Akash Singh, who accounted for three wickets. V Patil (1/25) and SS Mishra (1/27) also chipped in with one wicket each at the R Premadasa Stadium here.
 
Both the semifinals, scheduled on Thursday, had been washed out. India and Bangladesh U-19 sides made the final at the expense of Sri Lanka and Afghanistan after finishing on top of their respective groups.

Earlier in the day, only three Indian batsmen managed to reach double-digit scores. Captain Dhruv Jurel and all-rounder Karan Lal made 33 and 37 respectively to take India to 106.
 
Bangladeshi Pacer Mrittunjoy Chowdhury and off-spinner Shamim Hossain picked up three wickets each, while there were also a couple of run-outs, as the Indians were bowled out in 32.4 overs.
 
Chasing a small target of 107, skipper Akbar Ali (23) and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury (21) kept Bangladesh in the hunt. After they were back to the pavillion, Tanzim Hasan Sakib (12) and Rakibul Hasan (11) raised hopes of a Bangladesh win before India fought back to bundle them out.
 
Ankolekar deservedly won the player of the match award for taking five wickets, while opener Arjun Azad bagged the player of the series honour for scoring 202 runs in four games this tournament.
 

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