Sri Lanka U19s ended their three-match youth ODI series against Australia U19s with a comprehensive 64-run win in the third and final match on Monday at P. Sara Oval Grounds.
Despite losing this match, the visitors grabbed the trophy after they had won the first two matches.
The hosts were under tremendous pressure coming into this match, which prompted the team management to field three debutants in Thaveesha Abishek, Dilum Sudeera and Praveen Nimesh.
After opting to bat first, Kamil Mishara and his new opening partner, Abishek got themselves off to decent starts. But, Liam Marshall removed both the openers inside two overs. In between Marshall’s two scalps, number three batsman Mohammed Shamaz was trapped plumb in front by Zak Evans.
At 45 for 3, skipper Nipun Dananjaya and experienced Sonal Dinusha began the resurrection work for Sri Lanka. They added 106 runs before Dinusha fell right after he made his half-century. He struck 6 fours during his 68-ball stay.
Just before the final powerplay began, Tanveer Sangha dismissed the highest scorer, Nipun Dananjaya and debutant Nimesh in the 40th over to restrict the home team to 188 for 6.
Left-handed Dananjaya slammed 4 fours and 2 sixes in a fine knock of 71, which came in 80 deliveries. Two useful contributions from Chamindu Wijesinghe and Rohan Sanjaya down the order, 28 and 20 respectively pushed the Lankan final score to 256 for 8 at the end of their allocated 50 overs.
Chasing another stiff target of 257, the Australians were cruising at 94 for 1 in the 17th over, when their downfall began.
Left-arm spin trio of Rohan Sanjaya, Dilum Sudeera and Sonal Dinusha shared 9 wickets amongst them to bundle out the visitors to 192 in the 47th over.
The spinners maintained a strong stranglehold with their bowling discipline as Australia lost wickets at regular intervals. Wicket-keeper batsman Baxter Holt made a 51-ball 60 at the top of the order but none of the other batsmen reached 40.
Sangha delayed the inevitable with a gritty 39 down the order. But, the Lankan spinners had the final say.
The only youth Test match between these two teams will be played from 10th to 12th January at SSC Grounds.
Sri Lanka U19
Sri Lanka U19’s Innings
|TA Kahaduwaarachchi||c Oates b Marshall||17||37|
|Kamil Mishara||c & b Marshall||20||19|
|Mohamed Samaaz||lbw by Evans||1||5|
|Nipun Dananjaya||c Kann b Sangha||71||80|
|Sonal Dinusha||c Sutherland b Hearne||50||68|
|Praveen Nimesh||st Holt b Sangha||14||28|
|Chamindu Wijesinghe||c Sutherland b Evans||28||28|
|Sudheera Thilakarathne||c Holt b Evans||6||10|
|Ashan Daniel||not out||11||10|
|Rohan Sanjaya||not out||20||15|
Australia U19’s Innings
|Baxter Holt||c K Mishara b D Sudeera||60||51|
|Lachlan Hearne||b A Daniel||22||27|
|Corey Hunter||b S Dinusha||18||37|
|Josh Kann||st K Mishara b R Sanjaya||10||15|
|Will Sutherland||c K Mishara b R Sanjaya||1||5|
|Keegan Oates||c M Shamaaz b S Dinusha||6||11|
|Matthw Willans||st K Mishara b S Dinusha||1||10|
|Tanveer Sangha||c R Sanjaya b D Sudeera||39||69|
|Zak Evans||c Kahaduwaarachchi b D Sudeera||17||40|
|Iain Carlisle||c R Sanjaya b D Sudeera||7||14|
|Liam Marshall||not out||0||0|