Kuala Lumpur, Jun 29: Captain Unmukt Chand's magnificent century powered India into the final of Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 here at the Kinrara Oval Academy on Friday.
In the second semi-final against Sri Lanka, India registered a six-wicket victory to set up a meeting with Pakistan. The final is on Sunday. In the league stage, India had lost to Pakistan by 1 run.
Chasing 245 for a place in the final, Chand led from the front as India reached the target in 47.1 overs, scoring 247/4. The right-hander opener, who played for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League this season, ensure that the team was on track right from the start.
Left-hander Vijay Zol struck a half century. He made 54 and was involved in a hundred partnership with Chand.
Chand was dismissed for 116 with India needing just six runs from 22 balls. The skipper hit 11 boundaries and a six in his 141-ball stay at the crease.
India need 245 runs to beat Sri Lanka and reach the Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 final here at the Kinrara Academy Oval on Friday.
Pakistan are already in the final after beating Afghanistan on Thursday.
In the second semi-final being played here, Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat. They scored 244 for seven in 50 overs.
Sandun Weerakkody was the topscorer for the Lankans as he made 73 from 75 balls with five fours and two sixes. Niroshan Dickwella, the wicketkeeper-batsman scored a brisk 50-ball 66 with eight boundaries.
Weerakkody and Dickwella had a partnership of 113 runs for the fifth wicket. This was key in putting Sri Lankan innings back on track after there were in a spot of bother at 121/4 in 33.1 overs.
For India, Baba Aparajith bowled a fine spell with two wickets for 29 runs in 10 overs. Harmeet Singh too took two wickets but was expensive, conceding 54 runs in 10 overs.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 244/7 in 50 overs (Sandun Weerakkody 73, Niroshan Dickwella 66, Pabasara Waduge 45, Angelo Jayasinghe 26, Baba Aparajith 2/29, Harmeet Singh 2/54) lost to India 247/4 in 47.1 overs (Unmukt Chand 116, Vijay Zol 54, Tharindu Kaushal 2/60)