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India Under-19 team made it to the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup with a close two-run win over Bangladesh Under-19 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on Thursday.

Opting to bat first, India, who have had a good tournament with the bat were bundled put for 172 in 49.3 overs with Bangladesh’s Shoriful Islam claiming 3 for 16 in his 10 overs. The left-arm pacer was ably aided by fellow left-arm pacer Mrittunjoy Chowdhury (2/27), leg spinner Mohammad Rishad Hossain (2/36) and off spinner Towhid Hridoy (2/4).

For India, opener Yashaswi Jaiswal top-scored with 37 while Sameer Choudhary (36) and Ayush Badoni (28) made crucial contributions down the order.

In defence of the small total, India started well with left-arm pacer Mohit Jangra removing both Bangladesh openers  - Prantik Nawroz Nabil (6) and Sajid Hossain (2) inside the first seven overs.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy made 25 but was the third wicket to fall, but Bangladesh got back in the game with Shamim Hossain (59) and Akbar Ali (45) conjuring up a stand of 74 runs for the sixth wicket.

India’s left-arm spinner Harsh Tyagi then claimed Ali followed by the wicket of Mrittunjoy (2) as Bangladesh took the game down to the wire. Shamim was the eight Bangladesh wicket to fall, taken by Ajay Gangapuram, with Bangldesh just 11 runs away from the target.

However, India held their nerves to eke out a two-run win with over three overs left to be bowled when Badoni ran out No.11 batsman Minhazur Rahman for six.

India will meet the winners of the second semifinal between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the final slated on October 7.