Sri Lanka U19 Team clinched the 3-match Youth ODI series against West Indies U19 Team, 2-1, as they registered a 51-run win in the third and final match played today (1st September) at Dambulla.
Sri Lanka U19 Skipper Sineth Jayawardene won the toss and opted to bat first in the series decider. Sri Lankan opening pair Pulindu Perera and Vishen Halambage put on a decent partnership for the first wicket as they added 44 runs in 5.3 overs.
Perera and Sri Lanka’s No. 4 batter Ravishan Nethsara kept the momentum with the hosts, putting on another vital 47-run stand for the wicket. However, Sri Lanka witnessed a major batting collapse, losing 5 quick wickets for 74 runs to be restricted to 199/7.
The opening batter Perera, who held one end firmly, then revived the innings adding a crucial 80-run stand for the 8th wicket with Vihas Thewmika. Perera went on to score a headline-grabbing century for the hosts as they posted a commanding total – 304/8 in the allotted 50 overs.
In reply, the visitors also got off to a strong start and were 92/1 after 12 overs at one stage. However, the Sri Lankan bowlers managed to drag things back, picking up 5 quick wickets to halt their proceedings at 175/6.
West Indian batters always maintained a healthy run-rate throughout the run-chase, but lost too many wickets which prevented them from crossing the line, though their wicket-keeper batter played a fighting half-century at the latter part of the innings.
Vishwa Lahiru was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka as he bagged 3 crucial wickets for 48 runs, while Garuka Sanketh, Skipper Jayawardene and Thewmika also supported him at the other end, taking 2 wickets each.
The two sides will now focus on red-ball Cricket as the 2-match Youth Test series will begin on the 5th of September at the same venue.
|Pulindu Perera||c Nathan Sealy b Nathan Edward||155||140||17||4||110.71|
|Vishen Halambage||c & b Tarrique Edward||19||13||4||0||146.15|
|Sineth Jayawardena||c Stephan Pascal b Tarrique Edward||15||28||1||0||53.57|
|Ravishan Nethsara||c Stephan Pascal b Isai Thorne||27||42||4||0||64.29|
|Supun Waduge||c Joshua Dorne b Nathan Edward||3||10||0||0||30.00|
|Dinura Kalupahana||c Tarrique Edward b Nathan Edward||13||8||3||0||162.50|
|Sharujan Shanmuganathan||c Adrian Weir b Deshawn James||16||18||1||0||88.89|
|Malsha Tharupathi||c Nathan Edward b Deshawn James||7||5||1||0||140.00|
|Vihas Thewmika||not out||28||30||3||0||93.33|
|Vishva Lahiru||not out||7||11||0||0||63.64|
|Extras||14 (b 5 , lb 1 , nb 5, w 3, pen 0)|
|Total||304/8 (50 Overs, RR: 6.08)|
|Adrian Weir||c Sineth Jayawardena b Garuka Sanketh||52||41||7||2||126.83|
|Stephan Pascal||c Dinura Kalupahana b Vishva Lahiru||5||5||1||0||100.00|
|Joshua Dorne||c Sharujan Shanmuganathan b Vishen Halambage||34||28||4||1||121.43|
|Jordan Johnson||c Vishva Lahiru b Sineth Jayawardena||14||11||0||1||127.27|
|Mavendra Dindyal||b Sineth Jayawardena||21||32||2||0||65.62|
|Jewel Andrew||lbw b Vishwa Lahiru||80||64||8||4||125.00|
|Nathan Sealy||c Vishwa Lahiru b Vihas Thewmika||20||29||1||0||68.97|
|Tarrique Edward||lbw b Vishwa Lahiru||7||15||0||0||46.67|
|Nathan Edward||b Vihas Thewmika||2||9||0||0||22.22|
|Isai Thorne||b Garuka Sanketh||8||7||2||0||114.29|
|Deshawn James||not out||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||10 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 10, pen 0)|
|Total||253/10 (40.3 Overs, RR: 6.25)|