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India U-19 team suffered a late batting collapse in their chase as they lost the third Youth ODI against Sri Lanka U-19 by seven runs in Colombo on Sunday.

Chasing 221 to win, the Indian team was well placed at 181 for 5 at the end of 45 overs but they could not score the required 40 runs from the remaining five overs as they were all out for 213 in 49.3 overs. The last four wickets fell for just six runs. Sri Lanka U-19 team leads the five-match series 2-1.

India U-19 had won the first match on July 30 while Sri Lanka U-19 made it 1-1 after winning the second game on August 2.

After losing No. 8 Mohit Jangra (13) and No. 9 Harsh Tyagi (0) off consecutive deliveries, India had still hope with Pawan Shah (77 from 94 balls) still batting.

But Shah, who came to bat in the 17th over, failed to finish the job as he became the ninth batsman to be out in the second ball of the final over.

Siddharth Desai (0) was run out off the next delivery as the Indian team folded for 213.

Besides Shah, the other Indian batsmen who made notable contributions were Yash Rathod (37) and Anuj Rawat (26). Rawat however consumed 58 balls.

For Sri Lanka U-19, Shashika Dulshan was the most successful bowler with 3/37 while Sandun Mendis and Navod Paranavithana returned with figures of 2/46 and 2/42.

Earlier, electing to bat first, Sri Lanka U-19 were all out for 220 in 49.3 overs with opener Navod Paranavithana top-scoring with a 73-ball 51 while wicketkeeper batsman Nishan Madushka contributed 42 from 69 balls.

For India U-19, Ajay Dev Goud, Yatin Mangwani and Siddharth Desai grabbed two wickets apiece.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka U-19: 220 all out in 49.3 overs (Navod Paranavithana 51, Nishan Madushka 42; Siddharth Desai 2/19) beat India U-19: 213 all out in 49.3 overs (Pawan Shah 77; Shashika Dulshan 3/37) by 7 runs