Asitha Wanninayake’s century lights up drawn warm-up game

Sri Lanka U19 tour of England 2022

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The 3-day warm-up game between Sri Lanka U19s and Young Lions Invitational XI ended in a draw yesterday (18th August) at Brockington Ground, Loughborough.

After the second day’s play was washed out completely, the final day commenced on time with the visitors at 182/4 in their first innings. Left-hander Asitha Wanninayake, who was unbeaten on 81 at the close of play on day two, went on to score his century before leaving the field retired out.

Sri Lanka’s standout performer with the bat Wanninayake scored 100 runs off 200 balls with 13 fours. Skipper Raveen de Silva also contributed with 33 runs as Sri Lanka U19s declared their first innings at 248/7.

Young Sri Lankans bowled brilliantly in their turn with the ball, restricting Young Lions Invitational XI to just 104 runs. Left arm spinner Wanuja Sahan Kumara was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors as he snared 4 wickets for 13 runs.

Sri Lanka U19s began their second innings 144 runs ahead and showed another good batting display putting on 132 runs for 2 wickets at the end of final day’s play. Opening batter Abhishek Liyanaarachchi top scored with a knock of 51 runs off 57 balls.

Brief Scores

Sri Lanka U19s – 248/7d (80) Asitha Wanninayake 100, Raveen de Silva 33*, Ranuda Somaratne 29, Sadisha Rajapaksa 23, Pawan Pathiraja 23, R Evitts 3/53, E Jack 2/43 & 132/2 (26) Abhishek Liyanaarachchi 51, Sadisha Rajapaksa 32, Shevon Daniel 25*, Lahiru Dawatage 21*

Young Lions Invitational XI – 104 (42.1) MD Wagstaff 53, Wanuja Sahan 4/13, Dulaj Samuditha 2/27, Duvindu Ranathunga 2/34

Result – Match Drawn