Under 19: India, Sri Lanka set for exciting semi-final

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Sri Lanka coach Roger Wijesuriya: “We have nothing to fear” Rahul Dravid-coached India will rely on its all-round strengths to put it across buoyant Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Mirpur on Tuesday. The power-packed Indians breezed through Group D with an all-win record against New Zealand, Nepal and Ireland, before crushing Namibia by 197 runs in the quarter-final. Sri Lanka bounced back after a 23-run defeat to Pakistan in the last Group B match to stun a strong England side by six wickets in the quarter-final. The in-form India side is rated as favourite, having won a tri-series in Sri Lanka last December, which also featured England, but Dravid refused to take victory for granted. “We… Read More →

Under 19: Fernando misses century as Sri Lanka sets-up semi-final date with India

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Avishka Fernando hit 95 off 96 balls after Wanidu Hasanranga grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with an impressive six-wicket win over England in Mirpur on Sunday. In an excellent all-round performance, Sri Lanka dismissed the strong England batting for 184 and then surpassed the modest target in the 36th over.Sri Lanka will take on India in the first semi-final in Mirpur on Tuesday. The second semi-final on Thursday will feature host Bangladesh against the winner of Monday’s Pakistan-West Indies match. This is only the third time Sri Lanka has reached the semi-final since the inception of this tournament in 1988. In the home event in 2000, it reached the final where… Read More →

Niroshan Dickwella to replace TM Dilshan

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Media Release The National selectors included Niroshan Dickwella for the Indian Tour in place of the injured TM Dilshan. Niroshan was adjudged the Best Batsman of the Super T20 Provincial Tournament which concluded yesterday. TM Dilshan is expected to join the team from the 2nd T20 onwards. The National Team captained by Dinesh Chandimal left for India this morning.

Under 19: Mohsin stars in comfortable Pakistan U19 win

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The Sri Lankan boys sat glum-faced on the outfield of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday (February 3) as Roger Wijesuriya, their coach, gave them a thorough dressing down. “Avishka (Gunawardene, the former Sri Lankan batsman who is now the team’s assistant coach) cannot go to the middle and bat for you,” Wijesuriya told the boys. Sri Lanka should have chased down 213 against Pakistan to top Group B in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016. But as it turned out, leaking easy runs in the first half, poor shot selection while batting and tight bowling by Pakistan forced it to concede defeat by 23 runs after it was bowled out for 189. Pakistan thus finished on top of the… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka U19 takes on Pakistan U19 to decide Group B winner

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In Dhaka for the South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving SDGs on Monday, Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka Cricket’s president, dropped by at the hotel to pay a surprise visit to the Sri Lanka Under-19 cricket team, and it left the teenagers surprised and motivated. “It was a surprise for the entire team and the time he spent with the boys was a morale booster and surely added value for them to perform better in the upcoming matches,” said Ranjith Madurusinghe, the team manager. Not long after that visit, the boys had another taste of life when they met 30 differently abled children from Parents Forum for Differently Abled (PDFA). One look at the Sri Lankan camp tells you how jovial… Read More →

SLC President visits the Under 19 Team in Bangladesh

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President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala personally visited the Under 19 team and its Officials in Bangladesh on 31st January 2016. The President spoke to the youngsters and wished them all success for the quarter finals of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup. Team Manager Ranjith Madurusinghe stated that “it was a surprise for the entire team and the time he spent with the boys was a morale booster and surely added value in order for them to perform better in the upcoming matches”.