Defending champions India will start their ICC Under 19 World Cup 2020 campaign against Sri Lanka on Sunday in a Group A clash at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. The four-time champions will look to make it five. The Priyam Garg-led side plays three matches in the group stage. They will lock horns with Sri Lanka, Japan and then New Zealand. Also Read - Waiting to Meet India in U19 World Cup Final, Says Bangladesh U19 Pacer Shoriful Islam After Title Win

Going by their recent record against the Lankans, India start favourites. In the last five games, India played against the Lankans, the Men in Blue have won three and the Nipun Dananjaya-led outfit has won merely a solitary match. The most recent match in the Asia Youth Cup was abandoned. Also Read - Under-19 World Cup 2020 Final Highlights, India U19 vs Bangladesh U19: Bangladesh beat India to lift maiden ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Trophy

India goes into the encounter with momentum on their side with comprehensive wins in warm-up games against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. India beat Afghanistan by a massive 211 runs and Zimbabwe by 23 runs. Also Read - Dream11 Team Pakistan U19 vs New Zealand U19 Prediction: Fantasy Tips, Captain And Vice Captain For Today ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 3rd Place Playoff PK-U19 vs NZ-U19 at Willowmoore Park, Benoni 1:30 PM IST

Tilak Varma and Garg were the highest run-getters for India in the two warm-up games. Varma scored half-centuries in both the games with the highest of 73 not out. Skipper Garg slammed a half-century and scored at an impressive strike rate of 114.73.

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  • 9:27 PM IST

    India starts their title defence with an emphatic 90-run win over Sri Lanka.

  • 8:49 PM IST

    The Lankans have lost five wickets and are way behind the eight ball. They need 113 off 66 balls, which looks improbable. India has outclassed their opposition in all three departments. 39 overs 185 for 5 chasing 298

  • 8:06 PM IST

    The Lankans have lost three wickets and defending champions India are on top. The Indian bowlers have bowled tight line and lengths and have not let the Lankans off the hooks. 30 overs140 for 3 chasing 298

  • 6:36 PM IST

    India on top after Sushant Mishra struck early by removing Navod Paranavithana. Kamil and Ravindu have got the Lankans back on track but they have a mountain to climb which will not be easy. 10 overs 47 for 1 chasing 298

  • 5:16 PM IST

    India U19 is 241 for 4 in 44 overs. Is it good enough? See you after the break…

  • 5:10 PM IST

    India has accelerated well towards the back end and is inching close to that magical 300-run mark. Veer is on 36 off 21 and Jurel on 51 off 47. India U19 is 289 for 4 in 49 overs

  • 5:00 PM IST

    Veer joins the party, now both the Indian cricketers have upped the ante. It seems India could also get to 300 if they go at 12 per over from here on in.

  • 4:50 PM IST

    Jurel is playing an important cameo and looks good. He should not lose his wicket. He holds the key for a good finish for India. He is on 41 off 36 balls.

  • 4:47 PM IST

    India loses skipper Priyam Garg for 56. They will look to get to about 280-290, but for that to happen, they need to go hard at the Lankans from now. Veer and Jurel are in the middle. India U19 is 241 for 4 in 44 overs

  • 3:20 PM IST
    OUT! Edged and Taken. Jaiswal’s innings comes to an end at 59. India U19 112/2 in 21.2 overs.