Spin twins wreak havoc to put SL U19 in control
Sri Lanka U19s took control of the 2nd Youth Test on day two against Bangladesh, as Ashian Daniel and Rohan Sanjaya ran through the visitors batting line up on a rank turner.
The MCG grounds in Katunayake lived up to it’s true potential of being a spin friendly surface, as the right arm off-spin of Daniel and the left arm orthodox spin of Sanjaya proved too hot to handle for the visitors.
Earlier in the day, the hosts resuming on 219/9 only managed to add seven runs to their overnight score to be bowled out for 226, with Naveen Fernando remaining unbeaten on a useful 20* runs.
In reply, opening batsman Amite Hasan seemed hardly troubled as he raced to a fluent half century along with his partner Sajid Hossain(22) giving him good company, as the duo added 77 for the opening wicket.
What unfolded after that opening stand was almost unimaginable. In a matter of minutes the Bangladesh U19s went from 77/0 to 94/9. Daniel and Sanjaya were all over them like a rash before a last wicket stand of 15 runs helped them go pass the 100 run mark.
Daniel ended with top figures of 5/37 while Sanjaya’s left arm spin yielded even better figures of 5/17 as Sri Lanka U19s secured a vital 117 run first innings lead.
Sri Lanka batting a second time around took a similar sedate approach to their first innings, as they ended the day on 102/3 in 43.5 overs. Half centurion from the first innings Navod Paranavithana looked in good nick once again before falling for 36, while Rakibul Hasan chipped in with two wickets for the visitors.
Sri Lanka U19s will go into day three with an overall lead of 219 runs and will look to take the ascendancy on day three.
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