By Brian Thomas
The second game in the Tri-Nation Under -19s tournament between hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh got underway at the Rangiri Dambulla International stadium this morning.
Bangladeshi captain Mahmudul Hasan decided to take first lease of the pitch after winning the toss. The hosts got off to a steady start with both openers Anamul Haque and Amit Majumder pushing the score along with some very sensible batting. It was a surprise Dambulla being the dry zone experienced unforeseen cloud covers shortly after start of play. The two young Bangladeshi openers put away the bad balls, rotated the strike well to reach 46 runs in the tenth over with all wickets intact.
Sri Lanka skipper Chathura Peiris stuck in the tenth over when he comprehensively bowled, opener Anamul Haque with a disguised slower ball for 22, with Bangladesh score on 46. Disaster stuck the Bangladeshi camp, when one drop batsman Sumaya sharkar was out in the very first ball he faced. The right hander gave a simple catch to Udara Jayasundera. With two wickets down in the same over, opener Amit Majumder was needlessly run out for 20 giving Sri Lankans their 3rd scalp with the score on 52. The umpires took the players off the field when rain intervened in the 12th over.
The match referee then decided the fifty over game be reduced to 46 over’s. Soon after play resumed Mominul Haque was dismissed for 3 runs off the bowling of medium pacer Jayarathne when he had him caught by wicket keeper Andre Berenjer off an out swinger which swung late off the pitch. Bangladesh who got off to a good start by now had lost their 4th wicket for 59 runs and were still batting in the power play over’s. Saiket Ali joined his skipper Mohmudul Hasan and the pair added 19 runs for the 5th wicket. Saiket prodded against the Sri Lankan attack. He faced 15 deliveries and scored 3 runs before being caught by Rushan Jalleel with Bangladesh score on 68.
It was now time for a Bangladeshi revival. Sabbir Rahman who joined his skipper played with authority and was associated in a 100 runs partnership before being bowled by Akila Jayasundera for 42, with Bangladesh score on 168. The second rain interruption reduced the game to 43 overs, however thanks to skipper Mahmudul Hassan’s 82 off 83 balls which included 5 fours, the young Bangladeshis reached 211 runs a defendable total on this track. Sri Lanka Skipper chathura Peiris impressed with 4 wickets for 38 runs in his allotted 9 over’s.
Sri Lanka in pursuit of 212 runs lost opener Andre Berenger for 20, when he was trapped LBW off a super in dipper off pace man Abdul Hassan with the score on 41.Banuka Rajapakse sri Lanka’s top batsmen was dismissed cheaply for 7 runs and Sri Lankan looked in disarray with the score card reading 58 for 2 wickets . Young Romesh Buddika joined his senior partner Akila Jayasundera and the pair look composed by establishing a 93 run partnership before Akila batting on 82 was dismissed by Mohmudul Hassan with the score on 151in the 33rd over. Romesh Buddika took over the reins he batted with responsibility by being unbeaten on 54 Sri Lanka moved on to 185 for 3 wickets in 37.2 Over’s, when bad light stopped play. Sri Lanka was declared winners by 20 runs under the Duckworth Lewis rule.
Bangladesh 211 for 9 wickets in 43 over’s
Mahmudul Haque 82 Not Out
Sabbir Rahman 42
Chathura peiris 4 for 38
Sri Lanka 185 for 3 wickets in 37.2 over’s
Akila jayasundera 82
Romesh Buddika 54 Not Out
Sri Lanka win by 20 runs D/L Method