Sri Lanka suffers second loss in tournament after being unbeaten in the group stage
After misfiring with the bat in its quarter-final against England, India put up a better show to score 291 for 7 in its 50 overs. Hooda was the star with an unbeaten 56-ball 76 and later returned figures of 3 for 31 to help bowl Sri Lanka out for 215 in 48.1 overs.
Put in to bat, India got off to a decent start as Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar, replacing Vijay Zol, scored 57 runs before Herwadkar fell to Heshan Ramanayake in the tenth over. Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson, who led India in Zol’s absence, then added 87 runs for the third wicket to take India past 150 before Ramanayake struck again to dismiss Iyer, who went after a well-made 59 in 70 balls.
Samson (40) and Sarfaraz Khan fell to Anuk Fernando within a space of three deliveries in the 33rd over and India was in a spot of bother, exacerbated by Ricky Bhui’s dismissal soon after, at 179 for 6.
That’s when Hooda took over, first reviving the innings and then hitting seven fours and four sixes to take the total from where a win was always the likeliest outcome.
Opener Sadeera Samarawickrama led Sri Lanka’s reply with his fourth half-century in the tournament (58 in 67 balls) before being dismissed by Chama Milind. But after that, apart from Priyamal Perera (47 in 46 balls), no other Sri Lankan batsman made much of an impact before they were bowled out.
Karan Kaila and Milind grabbed two wickets apiece along with Kuldeep Yadav, who sits at the top in the wicket-takers’ tally for the tournament with 13 wickets from five matches at an average of 14.69.
India will face either Afghanistan or West Indies in the fifth-place playoff final on February 27 at Sharjah.