Lanka under 19 in seven-wicket win over England
The Sri Lanka under 19 team produced the ingredients of success for
the first time as they cruised to a convincing seven wicket victory over
England under 19 team in their Tri Series limited overs cricket
tournament match worked off at the Colts CC ground in Havelock Park
After restricting the opposition to 208 for 7 the Lankans produced a
fine batting display to reach their target in style with more than ten
overs to spare.
This was certainly an improved performance from the home side
following their humiliating defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the
opening fixture played at the same venue on Wednesday.
The openers Dilshan Munaweera and Dinesh Chandimal led the run chase
with an explosive stand of 68 runs from just 8.1 overs.
The former was in cracking form as he took the game away from England
with a swashbuckling 45 from 32 deliveries that included three sixes and
half a dozen of boundaries.
Dinesh Chandimal of course played a more sedate game and was prepared
to wait for the loose deliveries and was third out with Sri Lanka well
in sight of their victory target. The wicket keeper batsman hit a solid
65 off 85 deliveries with the help of one six and two boundaries.
Chandimal also put on a century partnership for the second wicket
together with Kusal Janitha Perera who also went on to complete a superb
half century. The stylish left hander hit a top score of 66 from 82
deliveries while stroking eight boundaries. Roshane Silva then added the
finishing touches with a run a ball 22 not out to give Sri Lanka their
first win of the competition.
Earlier England were restricted to 208 for 7 from their 50 overs
after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.
However they found run making more difficult this time and none of
their top order batsmen were able to build up a big innings.
The Sri Lankan bowlers maintained a better line length to frustrate
the opposition throughout the innings except for Navin Kavikara who
conceded more than fifty runs during his ten overs spell.
Middle order batsmen Taylor and Wood both made useful contributions
but they used more deliveries that prevented them from increasing the
The tournament will resume on Sunday with Sri Lanka taking on
Pakistan in another match at the SSC ground in Maitland Place.
B.A. Godleman st Chandimal b Pathirana 24
A.G. Wakely lbw b Fernando 8
T. Westley c Priyanjan b Kavikara 27
D.J. Redfern c T Perera b Jayaratne 6
J.W.A. Taylor lbw b Pathirana 43
G.L. Wood lbw b Munaweera 43
B.C. Brown b T Perera 38
L.A. Dawson not out 4
J.E. Goodman not out 4
Extras (lb 4, w 7) 11
TOTAL (7 wickets; 50 overs) 208
DID NOT BAT: J.A.R. Harris, J.E. Lee
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-18, 2-47, 3-54, 4-93, 5-149, 6-194, 7-204
BOWLING: T. Perera 7-1-21-1 (2w), D. Fernando 5-0-30-1 (4w),
I. Jayaratne 9-0-37-1 (1w), S. Pathirana 10-1-27-2,
N. Kavikara 10-0-52-1, D. Munaweera 9-1-37-1.
SRI LANKA UNDER-19
D. Munaweera b Goodman 45
D. Chandimal c Brown b Harris 65
K. Perera b Dawson 66
R. Silva not out 22
A. Priyanjan not out 7
Extras (w 5, nb 2) 7
TOTAL (3 wickets in 38.4 overs) 212
DID NOT BAT: N. Kavikara, T. Perera, D. Fernando, S. Pathirana, I. Jayaratne, A. Perera
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-68, 2-174, 3-199
BOWLING: J.A.R. Harris 6-0-45-1, J.E. Lee 4-0-42-0,
L.A. Dawson 10-0-46-1, J.E. Goodman 4.4-1-16-1, T. Westley 10-0-46-0,
D.J. Redfern 2-0-8-0, G.L. Wood 2-0-9-0.