Defending champions India succumbed to their second defeat in three days on their way out of the Under-19 Asia Cup being held in Malaysia. Having suffered a shock defeat to Nepal on Sunday, Rahul Dravid's boys crashed to a defeat against Bangladesh in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
It turned out to be an easy win for Bangladesh, as they chased down a modest 188 with eight wickets and four overs to spare in a rain-curtailed match at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur.
Batting first at the behest of the opposition, India had a tough start to their innings as they lost half their side on 96 runs. The Bangladeshi bowlers stuck to a disciplined line and length, not allowing any of the Indian top order to get away.
Salman Khan's unbeaten 39 remained India's highest as two others - Harvik Desai (21) and Anuj Rawat (34) - wasted their respective starts. The last four wickets added 71 to shore up the total to 187/8 in the must-win tie.
In reply, Bangladesh's opening pair of Pinak Ghosh (81 not out) and Mohammad Naim Sheikh (38) provided a solid 82-run start to dent India's hopes. Ghosh then teamed up with Mohammad Tawhid Hridoy (48 not out) to accelerate towards victory with an unbroken 83-run stand for the fourth wicket.
The defeat meant that Bangladesh and Nepal, from Group A, will join Pakistan and Afghanistan, respectively, in the semi-finals.
India U-19: 187/8 (Salman Khan 39 not out, Anuj Rawat 34; Robiul 3/43, Nayeem 2/38) lose to Bangladesh U-19: 191/2 (Pinak Ghosh 81 not out, Mohammad Tawhid Hridoy 48 not out) by 8 wickets.
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