Sri Lanka lose to Bangladesh in Under-19 Asia Cup


Sri Lanka suffered a 42 run loss at the hands of Bangladesh in the Under-19 Asia Cup to finish second in Group ‘B’ at Moratuwa yesterday. Sri Lanka needed to win their last group game  to avoid meeting India in the semi-finals but after their poor show, the hosts will meet the defending champions at P. Sara Oval on Thursday.

Bangladesh posted 273 for seven batting first and then bowled out Sri Lanka for 231 with 14 deliveries to spare. It could have been lot worse for Sri Lanka as they slumped to 183 for nine but the last wicket pair of Rohan Sanjaya (42) and Dilshan Madushanka (13) were involved in a 48 run stand.  Sanjaya’s 42 came off 36 balls with six fours and two sixes.

The day belonged to Bangladesh opener Mahmudul Joy, who posted a fine 126 off 138 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.

Joy showed plenty of application occupying the crease till the 47th over and his effort enabled Bangladesh to post a competitive total.

Joy and Towhid Hridoy added 121 runs for the third wicket to lay the platform for their innings. Hridoy made 50 off 76 balls.

Joy was expected to play the anchor role and having done that to perfection, he cashed in towards the tail-end of the innings milking 25 runs off the 46th over bowled by Kavindu Nadeeshan. The leg-spinner bowled an excellent second spell where he conceded only 12 runs in six overs but his last spell of two overs went for 36 runs including the costly lat over. Joy scored three fours and two sixes off Nadeeshan’s last over.

Left-arm quick Dilshan Madushanka was the pick of the bowlers finishing with three wickets.

The disappointing thing about Sri Lanka’s innings was that most top order batsmen got starts but none were able to go onto post a big one. Opener Kamil Mishara, number four batsman Ahan Wickramasinghe and skipper Nipun Dananjaya all reached 30s but lapse  of concentration saw them throwing away their wickets.

Bangladesh Under-19 side is coached by former Sri Lanka Test batsman Naveed Nawaz and he would have enjoyed the win most.

In another group game, Nepal beat United Arab Emirates to earn a consolation win. Nepal had come up with some impressive performances throughout the tournament and their 160 run win yesterday was impressive. Unlike other participants like Kuwait and  UAE,  Nepal depend on home grown talents only.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh 273 for seven in 50 overs

(Mahmudul Joy 126, Towhid Hridoy 50, Dilshan Madushanka 3/54)

Sri Lanka 231 all out in 47.4 overs

(Kamil Mishara 33, Ahan Wickramasinghe 33, Nipun Dananjaya 36, Rohan Sanjaya 42; Rakibul Hasan 3/49)


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