Sri Lanka Emerging lose three out of three


Skipper Charith Asalanka’s hundred was in vain as Sri Lanka crashed out of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup tournament in Bangladesh yesterday.

by Roscoe Thattil

The defending champions of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup, Sri Lanka, were knocked out of the 2019 edition after they lost their third and final game against Afghanistan Emerging at Cox’s Bazar on Monday(18).

Sri Lanka Emerging were comprehensively beaten by Oman and Pakistan Emerging in their first two matches respectively, but came into their third and final group stage game with slim chances of progressing for the final four of the tournament.

After being asked to bat first, skipper Charith Asalanka led the way with a stunning century to lead Sri Lanka Emerging to 200 for three in the 40th over of their innings. Sri Lanka were well on track to make a competitive total on a placid surface, before a horror collapse saw them losing their last seven wickets for just 38 runs.

Kamindu Mendis hit a half-century while wicket-keeper batsman Minod Bhanuka hit 42 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 238 in the final over of their innings. Azmatullah Omarzai and Abdul Wasi Noori captured three wickets apiece for Afghanistan Emerging.

The Afghanistan Emerging team hardly had any trouble during their run chase as they cruised home with a seven wicket win with more than five overs to spare. Shahidullah Kamal (102*) hit a classy unbeaten century while Darwish Rasool gave him good company with his fluent 61 as none of the Sri Lankan bowlers looked penetrative.

Afghanistan Emerging booked their semi-final spot with this win while Pakistan Emerging crushed Oman in their final game to top group A after winning all their group stage games. Bangladesh Emerging topped group B while India Emerging qualified as the second team from the group. The semi-finals of the tournament will be worked off on the 20th and 21st of November with the final scheduled for the 23rd.

Sri Lanka Emerging 238 in 49.5 overs

(Charith Asalanka 100, Kamindu Mendis 63, Minod Bhanuka 42, Azmatullah Omarzai 3/36, Abdul Wasi Noori 3/50 Yosuf Zazi 2/26)

Afghanistan Emerging 242 for three in 44.5 overs

(Shahidullah Kamal 102*, Abdul Malik Hussain Khail 47, Darwish Abdul Rasool 61)

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