Good performances by M. S. Washington Sundar and Rishabh Pant, who scored a half century each, helped India beat Bangladesh by four wickets and ensure a final berth, in the International under-19 cricket tri-series here at the JU Salt Lake Campus ground on Tuesday.
Chasing a target of 223, home side overhauled the required runs losing six wickets and with eight balls to spare. Rishabh Pant, the wicket keeper-batsman, top scored with 51 while Washington Sundar impressed with a all-round show, scoring a 50 and scalping two Bangladesh batsmen.
India began the run chase well as Pant (51 - 26b, 9x4, 2x6) and Ishan Kishan (24) scored a quick-fire 67 runs in 5.4 overs in the opening stand. Pant dominated the batting with a belligerent knock to set the foundation of the Indian win. India lost it way a bit midway as Bangladesh bowlers got three quick wickets but Amandeep Khare (41) and Sundar (50 – 75b, 6x4) played responsibility to take the host closer to the win before Mahipal Lomror (19 n.o.) and Mayank Dagar (11 n.o.) got the required runs.
Electing to bat, Bangladesh was helped by a fine knock of 87 runs (90b, 10x4, 2x6) from its captain Mehedy Hassan Miraz, who ensured the team posted a fighting total of 222 for seven. Indian bowlers did well getting regular success with off-spinner Sundar (two for 25) doing the most of the restricting act. Contributions from Saif Hassan (33) and Mohammad Shaifuddin (30) helped the visitor, which batted the full quota of overs.
India tallied 13 points from three wins to seal a berth in the final scheduled on Sunday, while Bangladesh has five points from two loses (against India) and a win (against Afghanistan).
Brief Scores: Bangladesh Under-19: 222/7 in 50 overs (Mehedi Hasan Miraz 87; Sundar 2/25) lost to India Under-19 223/6 in 48.3 overs (Rishabh Pant 51, Sundar 50; Mehedi Hasan 2/50) by four wickets.