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 →

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”.

Under 19: Asalanka the star as Sri Lanka U19 enters quarter-finals

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Sri Lanka has had problems stemming the rush of wickets so far at the ICC Under-19 World Cup. It didn’t prove costly in the warm-ups or against Canada in the opener, but in its second Group B clash, against Afghanistan, it got a real fright. A total of 184, thanks to captain Charith Asalanka’s 91-ball 71, is all Sri Lanka could put up at Sylhet International Stadium on Saturday (January 30), but small though it was, once Afghanistan’s innings got underway, it was evident that even that was a good number. The bowlers came up with a tidy showing as the opposition was shot out for 151 in 44.5 overs. Sri Lanka, which had won its first game by 196 runs, registered a 33-run… Read More →

All-Round Sri Lanka U19 Overpowers Canada U19

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  Sri Lanka opened its ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 campaign with an authoritative, dominant performance against Canada to seal an mammoth 196-run victory at the Sylhet District Stadium on Thursday (January 28). There were four half-centurions in the line-up as Sri Lanka posted 315 for 6. In response, Canada was bundled out for 119 as Sri Lanka sealed victory with minimum fuss.Canada might have hoped to emulate Nepal, who sprung the first upset of the tournament, beating the much-fancied New Zealand in Fatullah earlier in the day. However, Sri Lanka was merciless, and wasn’t willing to budge an inch. It chose to bat and was on the front foot almost throughout the match, even accounting for its tendency to lose quick wickets. Arslan… Read More →

Under 19: No room for complacency as Sri Lanka U19 aims to top table

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Sri Lanka has taken good care to ensure that its preparation would be thorough in pursuit of a maiden trophy in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016. It started way back in October 2014, when it beat Australia by a 6-1 margin at home. There was a 2-3 loss to Bangladesh in January thereafter, a 3-0 victory over Pakistan at home and a loss to India in the final of a tri-series that also involved England. It has had matches aplenty under its belt, and enough time to settle on a combination. However, its tournament gets going at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium on Thursday (January 28) in what can very likely be a banana peel against Canada, who are all set to make… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka downed Nepal by 65 runs in warm-up game

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Shammu Ashan shone again with the bat as Sri Lanka downed Nepal by 65 runs. Ashan, who made 66 against New Zealandon Saturday, hit 81 off 74 balls with four sixes and as many boundaries to lift Sri Lanka to 230-9 in 45 overs. Nepal was shot out for 165 in reply with Sri Lanka captain Charith Asalanka taking two wickets for 11 runs. Dipendra Airee played a lone hand for Nepal with an unbeaten 33. Scores in brief: Sri Lanka beat Nepal by 65 runs at BKSP-2 Sri Lanka 230-9, 45 overs (Shammu Ashan 81) Nepal 165 all out, 42.1 overs (Dipendra Airee 33 not out; Charith Asalanka 2-11)

Under 19: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in warm up game

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Sri Lanka beats New Zealand by four wickets; India piles up 485 for three against Canada; England makes 307 for seven against Namibia and Pakistan scores 291 for seven against Nepal;  Three-time champion India, 1998 winner England and two-time champion Pakistan flexed their batting firepower to win their warm-up matches on Saturday ahead of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016, which starts on Wednesday, 27 January. There were also wins for Afghanistan and host Bangladesh, while Sri Lanka registered an impressive four-wicket win over New Zealand in a battle of equals. Shammu Ashan hit 66 off 69 balls to steer Sri Lanka to a four-wicket win over New Zealand, whose 204 for eight after being sent in to bat revolved… Read More →

Under 19: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Canada Gear for Wide-Open Group B

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· Gohar Hafeez: “We have a very balanced team” · Charith Asalanka: “Our first target is to top the group” · Ihsanullah Janat: “We are aiming to not only make the semi-finals but also go on to be the champion side” · Abraash Khan: “We are going into this tournament with the intent to win” Two-time champion Pakistan, strong contender Sri Lanka, fast-improving Afghanistan and Canada make Group B the toughest preliminary round in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup which will be played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February. The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland. Teams have been divided into… Read More →

Under 19 World Cup Team hosted for Dinner by Sri Lanka Cricket

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Media Release A Dinner hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala for the Sri Lanka Under 19 World Cup team and their parents was held yesterday at Hilton Colombo Residences. This was the 1st time that a junior team was hosted prior to a tour. Minister of Sports Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara too was present to speak to the team and wish them well for a successful tour in the forthcoming Under19 World Cup. Legendary Cricketer Aravinda de Silva who was invited by Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala to speak to the youngsters on his experience in his cricketing career, advised the boys how to handle pressure, on the importance of fitness and mental attitudes on the field.  He shared with the… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under 19 World Cup Squad – Player Profiles

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  Full name Kariyawasam Indipalage Charith Asalanka Born June 29, 1997, Elpitiya Current age 18 years Major teams Galle Cricket Club, Richmond College,Sri Lanka Under-19s Batting style Left-hand bat Bowling style Right-arm offbreak Education Richmond College, Galle   Full name Sammu Ashan Born January 9, 1998, Colombo Current age 18 years Major teams Ananda College, Sri Lanka Under-19s Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Right-arm offbreak Education Ananda College, Colombo   Full name Maddumage Salinda Ushan Pereira Born January 2, 1997, Dehiwala Current age 19 years Major teams Sri Lanka Under-19s Batting style Left-hand bat Bowling style Right-arm offbreak Education Isipathana College, Colombo   Full name Walgampaha Mudiyanselage Kaveen Bandara Born August 22, 1997, Colombo Current age 18 years Major teams Sri Lanka Under-19s Batting style Left-hand bat Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast Education D S Senanayake College, Colombo Full name Weerahandige Inol Avishka Fernando Born April 5, 1998, Wadduwa Current age 17 years… Read More →