After facing a humiliating loss against the underdogs Nepal just a few days back, the India U-19 team under the guidance of Rahul Dravid slipped out of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup after an eight-wicket defeat against Bangladesh on Tuesday.
With managing just a single victory in three matches, India U-19 finished third in Group A — above hosts Malaysia.
In a rain-affected game in Kuala Lumpur, the Indian U-19 team could manage 187 for 8 in their quota 32 overs. In reply, Bangladesh U-19 were supported by Pinak Ghosh’s 77-ball 81* which helped the Lions to chase down India’s target with eight wickets in hand and four overs to spare.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh asked India to bat first, and the men in blue lost the first wicket in on the 4th ball of the match and even skipper Himanshu Rana was dismissed in the 10th over. The Indian team then suffered a batting collapse in middle overs and they slipped from 68 for 3 to 187 for 8 with none of their batsman showing any resistance.
For Bangladesh U-19 team, Nayeem picked up 2 for 38 off his 7 overs while Afif Hossain claimed 2 for 38 off his six. During the chase, the Lions came out all guns blazing. India tried as many as six bowlers to turn the game in their favor but there was no stopping the Bangladeshi openers, who added 82 runs.
India’s batting line-up was diluted after monstrous Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw was pulled out from the squad ahead of the tournament.
Brief scores: India U-19: 187/8 in 32 overs (S Khan 39*, R Haque 3/43) defeated by Bangladesh U-19: 191/2 in 28 overs ( P Ghosh 81*, M Singh 2/36)