Sri Lanka under 19s put into bat by their counterparts at Christchurch today was outplayed in all three departments of the game. The Sri Lankan batsman had no answer to the pace and spin attack of the home team. The top order could not cope with the moving ball. Sri Lanka lost the top order cheaply hence Rumesh Buddika and Vice Captain Kithruwan Vithanage spent long periods of time consolidating.
Rumesh and Kithruwan accumulated 53 runs for the 4th wicket, but the introduction of seam bowler Logan Van Beek and off spinner Tim Johnston spelt disaster for the visitors who lost wickets at regular intervals, and were 139 for 9 wickets in the 40th over.
Van Beek and Johnston captured three wickets each. Danishka Gunathilleke attacked the New Zealand bowling by scoring 69 runs in 71 balls with six boundaries and two big sixes to help the visitors reach a respectable total of 195 all out in 49.1 overs. Danishka Gunathilleke was involved in a 59 run partnership with HKT Madushanka, for the 10th wicket which is commendable.
The Black Caps chased the target with ease losing 3 wickets in the process and winning the game with 40 balls to spare. Opener Harry Boam batted through the innings and was unbeaten on 85, Jimmy Neeshan took the initiative away from the visitors by scoring 47 in 41 balls with five boundaries and three sixes.
Sri Lanka has qualified for the quarter finals and will play South Africa on Sunday the 24th, while table leaders New Zealand take on Australia on the same day.
SRI LANKA 195 ALL OUT IN 49.1 overs
DANISHKA GUNATHILLEKE 69
RUMESH BUDDIKA 39
KITHRUWAN VITHANAGE 35
LOGAN VAN BEEK 3 FOR 49
TIM JOHNSTON 3 FOR 32
NEW ZEALAND 196 FOR 3 IN 43.2 OVERS
HARRY BOAM 85 NOT OUT
JIMMY NEESHAM 47
COREY ANDERSON 26