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Malinga-like Matheesha steals the limelight in youth international debut

Sri Lanka U19 tour of Bangladesh 2019 - 1st Youth Test


The first two days of the youth international fixture between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were completely washed off due to rain at Barisal.

Starting the game 2 days and a session later, the Sri Lankan youth team won the toss and elected to bat first. They took an early blow as opener Thaveesha Abhishek was clean bowled in the second over of the game.

Steady partnerships from then on by the rest of the top-order made sure that Sri Lanka got off to a comfortable start. Mahanamian Sonal Dinusha scored a half-century, coming in at No. 4, while opener Chamindu Wickramasighe departed with 48 runs to his name.

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The Sri Lankan skipper, who led the middle-order, held the innings together for the Lankans as he went on to become the top-scorer with an elegant 67 runs to his name. The Josephian duo Lakshan Gamage and Dunith Wellalge met at the crease to add more colour to the Sri Lankan innings by putting up 92-run stand for the 7th wicket.

Wellalage stood unbeaten at the crease with 50 runs to his name while Gamage got to a busy 46. The Islanders scored 331 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and declared their innings. The promising left-arm quick, Dilshan Madushanka brought the early breakthrough for Sri Lanka with the ball when he got the edge of the Bangladeshi opener Prantik Nawrose Nabil with just the 4th ball of the innings.

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The host were at 63 for 2, recovering slightly from the early strike, when young Matheesha Pathirana decided to pull them down again. The square-arm speedster picked up 3 quick wickets within the next 3 runs. He was skiddy and on-target as he managed to walk away with excellent figures of 3 for 13  in his 6.2 over spell on debut. Lakshan Gamage also picked up 2 wickets to add up to his value as an all-rounder.

Bangladesh were on 145 for 6 by the fourth evening of the game as it ended in a draw.

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Match drawn

Sri Lanka U19
331/7 (84.3)
Bangladesh U19
142/6 (48)
Chamindu Wickramasinghe c Pritom Kumar b Asadullah Galib45519088.24
Thaveesha Abhishek b Asadullah Galib190011.11
Ravindu De Silva lbw b Noman Chowdhury21543038.89
Sonal Dinusha c Pritom Kumar b Ashraful Islam581107152.73
Nipun Dananjaya c Shahadat Hossain b Ashraful Islam671126359.82
Chihan Kalindu lbw b Ashraful Islam15161193.75
Lakshan Gamage c Pritom Kumar b Noman Chowdhury46782358.97
Dunith Wellalage not out50855058.82
Extras28 (b 10 , lb 9 , nb 8, w 1, pen 0)
Total331/7 (84.3 Overs, RR: 3.92)
Fall of Wickets 1-1 (1.5) Thaveesha Abhishek, 2-74 (13.4) Chamindu Wickramasinghe, 3-92 (21.5) Ravindu De Silva, 4-205 (50.2) Sonal Dinusha, 5-227 (56.1) Chihan Kalindu, 6-238 (60.4) Nipun Dananjaya, 7-331 (84.3) Lakshan Gamage,
Noman Chowdhury14.336824.76
Asadullah Galib1524623.07
Ashraful Islam2968332.86
Naimur Rahman1315604.31
Saidul Islam1125204.73
Saidul Islam20703.50

Prantik Nawrose Nabil c Nipun Dananjaya b Dilshan Madusanka04000.00
Sajid Hossain Seam c Dulith Wellalage b Matheesha Pathirana23522044.23
Pritom Kumar lbw b Avishka Lakshan28395071.79
Alvi Hoque c Chilan Kalindu b Avishka Lakshan541007154.00
Shahadat Hossain c Avishka Lakshan b Matheesha Pathirana270028.57
Amite Hasan lbw b Matheesha Pathirana03000.00
Naimur Rahman not out25663037.88
Ashraful Islam not out02000.00
Extras10 (b 4 , lb 0 , nb 6, w 0, pen 0)
Total142/6 (48 Overs, RR: 2.96)
Fall of Wickets 1-0 (0.4) Prantik Nawrose Nabil, 2-47 (12.4) Pritom Kumar, 3-63 (17.5) Sajid Hossain Seam, 4-66 (19.5) Shahadat Hossain, 5-66 (21.2) Amite Hasan, 6-142 (44.1) Alvi Hoque,
Dilshan Madusanka823414.25
Chamindu Wickramasinghe601302.17
Matheesha Pathirana6.211332.10
Lakshan Gamage6.431221.88
Dunith Wellalage1443902.79
Avishka Lakshan713004.29