The second day of the South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championship 2017 continued on the 20th of May at the S. Thomas’ College Indoor Courts. Concluding the second day India leads with 28 points with Sri Lanka trailing behind at second place with 24 points and Pakistan thereafter with 17 points.
Sri Lanka had 4 matches for the day of which 2 were won and 2 were lost. The first win was a difficult match against Bangladesh (3-2) in the cadet boy’s category. A.M.C.D. Bandara Alahakoon won his singles and the doubles playing with W.D. Dewmith Dewnath against Imrul Kayes Imon in singles and Mohutasin Ahmed and Imrul Kayes Imon in the doubles. It was R.T. Methkalana who won the decisive final game against Imrul Kayes Imon.
The next win for Sri Lanka was once again against Bangladesh in the junior boy’s category (3-0). P.D. Umesh Thennakoon, K.D.V. Madhushan and Nimesh Ranchagoda beat Md. Imran Hossain, Md. Rifat Mahmud and Antu Hossain in their respective games.
Sri Lanka lost to India (3-0) in the cadet boy’s category and once again to India (3-0) in the junior boy’s category.
A.M.C.D. Bandara Alahakoon, R.T. Methkalana and doubles partners A.M.C.D. Bandara Alahakoon and W.D. Dewmith Dewnath lost to Somaiya Chinmaya Kapil, Jeho Himnakulhpuingheta and the doubles team of Somaiya Chinmaya Kapil and Jain Payas respectively in the cadet boy’s category. Sri Lanka came close to beating India in the doubles game unfortunately losing in the 4th set.
K.D.V. Madhushan, P.D. Umesh Thennakoon and Nimesh Ranchagoda lost to Shah Manush Utpalbha, Thakkar Manav Vikash and Virmani Parth respectively in the junior boy’s category. The second and third games were both close going up to the 4th set in the game.
At the end of the second day, Sri Lanka ranked in at second place winning 4 silver medals. Although at second place on day 02 the Sri Lanka Cadet Girls & Boys teams and the Sri Lanka Junior Girls & Boys teams qualified for the Asian Junior & Cadet Championships in 2017.
The final day of the tournament will take place on the 21st of May at the S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia Indoor courts.