Under-19: Sri Lanka Marches into Quarterfinals with Big Win

Sri Lanka followed a thrilling one-wicket win over England with a comprehensive victory against the United Arab Emirates, triumphing by eight wickets in a Group D match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday(February 18). Sri Lanka thus ensured its entry into the quarterfinals of the event, maintaining an all-win record.

Hashan Dumindu, the opener, starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 113 off 118 balls. His innings included eleven fours and one six, as Sri Lanka chased down UAE’s 205 all out with ease, taking just 43.1 overs to get to the target.

Having lost the in-form Sadeera Samarawickrama for just 7 in the sixth over, Dumindu collaborated with Kusal Mendis, the captain, for a steady 94-run stand in 20.1 overs before Mendis was run out by Chirag Suri for 45.

Hashen Ramanayake (34 not out) and Dumindu then made sure no further damage was done to the wickets column, as the duo added 88 runs in 17.4 overs to give Sri Lanka a comfortable win.

Pankaj Prakash was UAE’s only wicket-taker, giving  away just 22 runs in his seven overs for Samarawickrama’s scalp.

Earlier, UAE got off to a solid start after electing to bat, Shiv Mehra (22) and Dan D’Souza (23) laying the platform with a 51-run stand for the opening wicket. However, both fell in the space of just two runs. Shorye Chopra, the No.3 batsman, held the innings together with a 77-ball 69, during which he smashed seven fours and a six. But with wickets falling regularly and no significant partnerships, UAE was bowled out in 47.5 overs.

Binura Fernando, Anuk Fernando and Harsha Rajapaksha picked up two wickets each.

Sri Lanka ended at the top of the Group D table, with six points from three matches, and will play against the second-placed team in Group A in its quarterfinal on February 22 in Sharjah.