Visakhapatnam, Sept 29: India colts today managed to sneak past Sri Lanka by one wicket in the four-nation Quadrangular tournament courtesy patient half century by Hanuman Vihari and an all-round performance by Rush Kalaria.
Chasing a modest target of 185, the unmukt Chand led team made a rough weather of the chase before a 44-run eighth-wicket stand between Hanuman (51) and Rush (47 not out).
Opting to bat first at VDCA cricket stadium, only opener Shehan Fernando (70) looked comfortable against the Indian bowlers. Fernando hit 11 boundaries in his 79-ball knock but got very little support from other end as Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers grabbing four for 38. Kalaria also got a wicket. Last match's hero, off-spinner Baba Aparajith also got a wicket.
The Indians lost wickets in a heap as Hanuman who played 107 balls solid at one end. Skipper Unmukt (28) hit four boundaries and a six in his 18-ball knock before perishing. St one stage India slumped to 108 for seven before Hanuman and Rush conjured an useful partnership. When the former was dismissed at 152, India still needed another 33 runs but Kalaria ensured full points for ''Boys in Blue''.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 184/9 in 50 overs (Shehan Fernando 70, Sandeep Sharma 4/38). India 185/9 in 49 overs (Hanuman Vihari 51, Rush Kalaria 47 not out).