Stubborn Bangladesh U19s set up enthralling final day
Sri Lanka U19s declared their innings late on day three to set the Bangladesh U19s 351 for victory, before the visitors accepted the challenge to end the day on 75/1 in just 18 overs.
Sri Lanka U19s were in a commanding position at the start of day three and their batsmen continued to consolidate their position in the match.
Sonal Dinusha and Sandun Mendis made useful 30’s in the middle order to help Sri Lanka carry their lead over the 250 run mark, as the surface at the Marians Cricket grounds (MCG) continued to take more and more spin.
Rakibul Hasan’s slow left spin had the Sri Lankan middle order in shambles as Bangladesh put up a spirited display in the field to make sure they didn’t have to chase too much come the fourth innings.
However Sri Lanka’s fast bowling all-rounder Chamindu Wijesinghe had other ideas as he continued to take the attack along with the lower middle order as Sri Lanka reached 233/9 before deciding to declare their innings. Wijesinghe went on to top score with 55 runs while Rakibul Hasan had impressive returns of 7/93 though Bangladesh U19s failed to bowl out the hosts.
The visitors came out with a very positive intent as they raced to 75/1 in just 18 overs when the umpires decided to call off play on day three. Rohan Sanjaya the hero from first innings was the onlyman to pick up a wicket for Sri Lanka U19s with Bangladesh needing a further 276 runs for an almost improbable outright win.
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