U-19 tri-series: Virat, Sundar continue India’s unbeaten run

Virat Singh and Washington Sundar struck half centuries as India defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets to record their fourth successive win in the under-19 tri-nation cricket tournament. With this victory, India colts have assured their place in the final to be played on December 19.

M. S. Washington Sundar's half-century assured the Indian colts of a place in the final.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Virat Singh and Washington Sundar struck half centuries as India defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets to record their fourth successive win in the under-19 tri-nation cricket tournament here today.

With this victory, India colts have assured their place in the final to be played on December 19.

Chasing 222, India lost their openers early but Sundar and Anmolpreet Singh put their side back on track with a 55-run partnership.

Anmolpreet was run out for 25 in the 19th over, but Sundar carried onto make 61, before he fell in a similar manner. Virat then sealed the issue in India’s favour with an unbeaten 60 off 89 balls.

Opting to bowl, India made early inroads to reduce Sri Lanka to 75 for three in 17.3 overs. Opener Kaveen Bandara, though, held firm, and put on 91 with Kamindu Mendis. Both batsmen scored fifties, but exited in quick succession, which triggered a slide.

Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for 55 runs and were restricted to 221. Seamer Khaleel Ahmed was the most successful bowler for India, returning figures of four for 55.