Sri Lanka Under-19 posted a 26-run win over Bangladesh Under-19 via the Duckworth-Lewis method on Wednesday (December 21) to make it to the final of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup.

Sri Lanka will face India Under-19, who got the better of Afghanistan Under-19 in the first semifinal on Tuesday, in the final at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo on December 23.

Choosing to bat first, Bangladesh were restricted to 194 in 48.3 overs with Praveen Jayawickrama and Hareen Weerasingha, both left-arm spinners, picking up four and three wickets respectively.

In response, Sri Lanka got off to a solid start, but lost a couple of wickets before rain arrived in the 28th over of the chase. Sri Lanka, on 106 for 2 from 27.1 overs, were well in front of the D/L-par score of 81 when the game was called off.

Hasitha Boyagoda and Kamindu Mendis remained unbeaten on 11 and 2 respectively.

Earlier, Saif Hassan (26), the Bangladesh skipper, and Mohammad Sozib Hosen (18) got their side off to a good start, adding 42 runs for the opening wicket before Hassan fell to Jehan Daniel.

Bangladesh found healthy contributions from Afif Hossain (36) and Rayan Rafsan Rahman (38), but they were unable to string together defining partnerships. Part of the problem was that they were unable to put away Sri Lanka’s spinners. Apart from Jayawickrama (4 for 25) and Weerasingha (3 for 29), Boyagoda and Kamindu too put up clinical figures with their off-break although they weren’t able to collect wickets.

Sri Lanka’s run chase kicked off with Reven Kelly and Vishva Chathuranga putting on 74 runs for the opening wicket. Chathuranga, who has been one of Sri Lanka’s most consistent batters this tournament, compiled a quick-fire 68 to take the attack to Bangladesh. Kelly played second fiddle with his 56-ball 23.

Nayeem Hasan, the paceman, picked up the wickets of Chathuranga and Kelly in quick succession to raise Bangladesh’s hopes of a come-from-behind victory, but those hopes were quashed by rain two overs after Chathuranga’s dismissal in the 26th over.

Bangladesh had won two games to finish on top of Group B on run-rate and qualify for the semifinal, while Sri Lanka qualified second from Group A, behind India.

Sri Lanka’s only loss in the league stage came against India where they went down by six wickets.

Brief scores: Bangladesh Under-19 194 all out in 48.3 overs (Saif Hassan 26, Afif Hossain 36, Rayan Rafsan Rahman 38; Praveen Jayawickrama 4-25, Hareen Weerasingha 3-29) lost to Sri Lanka Under-19 106 for 2 in 27.1 overs (Vishva Chathuranga 68; Nayeem Hasan 2-12) by 26 runs via D/L method.