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All-round Sri Lanka too good for UAE; SL and Bangladesh complete top 4

ACC U19 Asia Cup 2019

Hosts Sri Lanka registered their second win in the ACC U19 Asia Cup 2019 today, beating UAE at the Marians Cricket Ground in Katunayake by 52 runs. In the other match of the group between Bangladesh and Nepal in Colombo Bangladesh triumphed to join India and Afghanistan in the semi-finals along with Sri Lanka.

India and Afghanistan through to Semis; Dismayed Pakistan heads home

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Sri Lanka U19 vs UAE U19

The defending runners-up were put in to bat by UAE skipper Palaniapan Meiyappan after he won the toss. Despite losing in-form opener Kamil Mishara for a golden duck in the second over, Sri Lanka recovered superbly to amass a huge total of 326, losing 8 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Two big partnerships from the top order and the lower middle order held the Lankan innings together as the rest chipped in with vital contributions. After number 3 Ravindu de Silva saw through the first 10 overs with opener Navod Paranavithana, in-form Ahan Wickramasinghe was involved in a 113-run stand with Paranavithana to put Sri Lanka in complete command of the game.

Skipper Nipun Dananjaya took off from then onwards as he guided his team towards the end during which he accumulated 75 runs for the 7th wicket with Rohan Sanjaya. Avishka Tharindu, Chamindu Wijesinghe and Ashain Daniel too helped Sri Lanka’s cause with handy little innings.

All the UAE bowlers finished with economies higher than 6 while off-spinner Rishabh Mukherjee claimed 3 wickets towards the end. Their run-chase was often dented by crucial blows from the Lankan bowlers. 

Having scored just 105 runs at the half-way stage with 4 wickets down, UAE were given some hope as Ansh Tandon and Osama Hassan scored 111 runs for the 5th wicket in 16.5 overs. With the main bowlers being unable to break the threatening stand, skipper Dananjaya took the responsibility himself and dismissed Hassan to take the momentum back towards Sri Lanka.

From then onwards it was all about Sri Lanka as they kept bowling tight lines to leave UAE 52 runs behind the required target by the 50th over. Paranavithana claimed 4 wickets including 3 wickets towards the end. Sanjaya and Dananjaya picked up 2 wickets each while pacie Chamindu Wijesinghe took 1.

15-Year old Yasiru Rodrigo gave away just 29 runs in 8 overs as he replaced Dilshan Madushanka who was apparently rested to keep him fresh for the tougher games ahead.

Photos: Sri Lanka vs UAE – U19 Asia Cup 2019


Sri Lanka U19
326/8 (50)
United Arab Emirates U19
274/9 (50)
Navod Paranavithana c Osama Hassan b Muhammad Farazuddin616090101.67
Kamil Mishara c Vriitya Aravind b Sanchit Sharma01000.00
Ravindu De Silva lbw b Akasha Tahir22331166.67
Ahan Wicrkamasinghe c & b Rishabh Mukherjee7352110140.38
Nipun Dananjaya c Osama Hassan b Palaniapan Meiyappan60695086.96
Avishka Tharindu  c Alishan Sharafu b Rishabh Mukherjee13152086.67
Chamindu Wijesinghe c Palaniapan Meiyappan b Rishabh Mukherjee272711100.00
Rohan Sanjaya c Ansh Tandon b Palaniapan Meiyappan363121116.13
Ashian Daniel not out16820200.00
Amshi De Silva not out7500140.00
Extras11 (b 1 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 9, pen 0)
Total326/8 (50 Overs, RR: 6.52)
Fall of Wickets 1-2 (1.1) Kamil Mishara, 2-46 (9.3) Ravindu De Silva, 3-159 (23.5) Ahan Wicrkamasinghe, 4-161 (24.2) Navod Paranavithana, 5-176 (27.2) Avishka Tharindu , 6-224 (36.5) Chamindu Wijesinghe, 7-299 (47.3) Nipun Dananjaya, 8-301 (47.5) Rohan Sanjaya,
Akasha Tahir604317.17
Sanchit Sharma805216.50
Alishan Sharafu704105.86
Muhammad Farazuddin905416.00
Palaniapan Meiyappan1007027.00
Rishabh Mukherjee1006536.50

Syed Haider c Ahan Wicrkamasinghe b Rohan Sanjaya27504054.00
Niel Lobo lbw b Chamindu Wijesinghe4210019.05
Vriitya Aravind c Kamil Mishara b Rohan Sanjaya26322281.25
Ansh Tandon not out1001028198.04
Alishan Sharafu c Avishka Tharindu  b Navod Paranavithana362742133.33
Osama Hassan c Chamindu Wijesinghe b Nipun Dananjaya554682119.57
Sanchit Sharma c Chamindu Wijesinghe b Navod Paranavithana480050.00
Muhammad Farazuddin c & b Navod Paranavithana01000.00
Palaniapan Meiyappan b Navod Paranavithana470057.14
Akasha Tahir b Nipun Dananjaya7111063.64
Extras11 (b 0 , lb 2 , nb 5, w 4, pen 0)
Total274/9 (50 Overs, RR: 5.48)
Fall of Wickets 1-22 (7.2) Niel Lobo, 2-60 (14.6) Syed Haider, 3-61 (16.5) Vriitya Aravind, 4-105 (24.6) Alishan Sharafu, 5-226 (41.5) Osama Hassan, 6-240 (44.2) Sanchit Sharma, 7-241 (44.4) Muhammad Farazuddin, 8-255 (46.6) Palaniapan Meiyappan, 9-274 (49.6) Akasha Tahir,
Yasiru Rodrigo812903.62
Amshi De Silva603005.00
Chamindu Wijesinghe503617.20
Ashian Daniel804605.75
Rohan Sanjaya813624.50
Navod Paranavithana805446.75
Nipun Dananjaya704125.86

Bangladesh U19 vs Nepal U19

Nepal’s 261 at the P. Sara Oval proved to be insufficient against Bangladesh as they chased it down in 49.2 overs losing just 4 wickets. Opener Pawan Sarraf and Sandeep Jhora made 81 and 56 respectively for Nepal as they helped their team put a competitive score on the board after they were put in to bat first.

Nepal in the defense put Bangladesh under pressure early after sending both openers back to the hut in just 5 overs. However Bangladesh came back brilliantly as the following four batsmen cruised towards the victory line. 

Mahmudul Hasan and Towhid Hridoy started off the fight back with a 79-run stand followed by a 34-run stand between Hridoy and skipper Akbar Ali. Ali remained unbeaten on 98 along with Shamim Hossain when Bangladesh reached the target and secured a place in the Semi Finals.

Brief Scores

Nepal U19s 261/8 (50): Pawan Sarraf 81, Sandeep Jhora 56, Rit Gautam 32, Kushal Malla 28, Tanzim Hasan 2/51, Shahin Alam 2/58

Bangladesh U19s 262/4 (49.2): Akbar Ali 98*, Towhid Hridoy 60, Shamim Hossain 42*, Mahmudul Hasan 40, Kamal Airee 2/59 


Who will meet who in the semi-finals will be decided on the 10th after the Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh game as the winner of that match is set to meet the loser of tomorrow’s India vs Afghanistan game.

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