Sri Lanka Under-19 cricketers started their 5-match one-day tournament against the Pakistan Under-19 XI on a winning note by clinching the opening match by 26 runs at the Hambantota Suriyaweva Stadium on May 26.
Taking first lease of the wicket, Sri Lanka Under-19 XI piled up 234 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 50 overs and bowled out the Pakistanis for 208 in 47.3 overs.
Sri Lanka’s innings was given a flying start by Kamil Mishara who struck 65 off 95 balls and Navod Paranavitana who made 54 off 93 balls sharing in a 122-run alliance for the first wicket. The innings gathered momentum with the advent of Mohamed Shamaz and skipper Nipun Dananjaya who added 40 runs in six overs for the second wicket0. Shamaz scored 42 off 47 inclusive of three boundaries with Dananjaya striking 21 off 19 studded with a lusty six. For Pakistan, Mohamed Junaid claimed 2 for 47.
Pakistan’s run chase began on a sound note with openers Hader Ali who made 51 and Rohel Nasir 47 posting 85 runs in 18.4 overs. However, the touring team lost the initiative when the rest of the top order batsmen failed to capitalise on that foundation. They wilted under some concentrated bowling by the Sri Lankans who came back strongly to regain the initiative. Scores of 36 from Mohamed Taha and 31 by Salim Ayub were not good enough to do the job for Pakistan.
For the hosts, Dilum Tillakaratne returned fine figures of 3 for 48 while Navod Paranavitana took 2 for 31 to round off a good all-round performance.
Sri Lanka Under XI-19 234/9 (50 Overs)
(Kamil Mishara 65, Navodya Paranavithana 54, Mohomed Shamaz 42, Nipun Dananjaya 21, Mohamed
Pakistan Under-19 XI 208 all out (47.3 Overs)
(Hader Ali 51, Rohel Nasir 46, Mohamed Taha 36, Salim Ayub 31, Dilum Tillakaratne 3/48, N. Paranavitana 2/31)
By Srian Obeyesekere
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