ICBT Campus, Sri Lankan representative in the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals in Dubai have advanced to the play-offs of the tournament after winning both their games in the first-round.
Sri Lanka, who contests in group ‘B’ played their first game against Pakistan. 3 teams are slotted in to group ‘B’ including Sri Lanka with the other being the host nation, UAE. Group ‘A’ is made up of South Africa, India, England and Bangladesh.
The Sri Lankan contingent was studded with some of the top domestic cricketers who have represented the country at various levels while Priyamal Perera is the only one to have represented Sri Lanka in international cricket.
Sri Lanka won their first game with ease against Pakistan by 7 wickets at the ICC academy grounds in Dubai. Skipper Salinda Ushan won the toss and elected to bowl first in the game. They restricted Pakistan to 151 runs. Anuk Fernando was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 2 wickets including a wicket in the energizer over.
The batting was held by the star of the team, Priyamal Perera who smashed 52 runs unbeaten while Himasha Liyanage produced a cracking 28-ball 51 to snatch the Player of the Match award away.
The second assignment for the Lankans was against UAE against whom they registered a 66-run victory.
Sri Lanka scored 175 runs with the opener Lahiru Milantha top-scoring with 40 runs to his name. All-rounder Raveen Sayer supported with 34 runs.
The hosts were not given much room to work with in the batting as the Sri Lankans saw them off comfortably, giving away only 109 runs and picking up 9 wickets. Off-spinner Ayana Siriwardena bowled exceptionally well as he went off with brilliant figures of 4 for 21 in his 4 overs.
Sri Lanka will now move forward into the play-offs as group toppers and will play against South Africa on the 1st of November.
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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Pakistan 151/7 (20)
Tahami Syed 37, Shahzar Hassan 30, Kashif Iqbal 29, Anuk Fernando 2/23
Sri Lanka 156/3 (17.3)
Priyamal Perera 52*, Himasha Liyanage 51*, Jam Muhammad Saifullah 2/28
SRI LANKA WON BY 7 WICKETS
United Arab Emirates vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 175/8 (20)
Lahiru Milantha 40, Ravin Sayer 34, Vishwa Chathuranga 24, Karthik Meyappan 2/19, Mukherjee Rishab 2/31, Valthapa Ashawanth 2/39
UAE 109/9 (20)
Valthapa Ashawanth 25, Waruna Kalhara 24, Ayana Siriwardane 4/21, Ravin Sayer 2/18, Sahan Nanayakkara 2/23
SRI LANKA WON BY 66 RUNS