A sporting wicket at Chilaw Marians Grounds in Katunayake produced a fine contest between the bat and the ball before Sri Lanka emerged winners over United Arab Emirates by 52 runs in the Under-19 Asia Cup on Sunday.

Set a mammoth target of 327, UAE were playing catch up, but this was the kind of surface where most teams would have fancied chasing such a gigantic total.

Sri Lanka v UAE
Winners - Sri Lanka

If not for Sri Lanka’s superb fielding, UAE could have probably got there as well as the hosts kept picking up wickets not allowing the opposition to get ahead of the required run rate at any point of the game.

Upul Chandana one of the finest fielders produced by Sri Lanka is the Fielding Coach of the side and his charges showcased that much work has gone into raising fielding standards.

Ansh Tandon’s unbeaten hundred was the highlight of the tournament so far for UAE. The Indian born middle order batsman added 121 runs for the fifth wicket with Osama Hassan (55) and when both of them were in the middle, UAE were threatening to create a major upset in the competition.

The stand was broken when Chamindu Wijesinghe ran in from long-off to his right and took a fine catch to see the back of Osama. His 55 came off 46 balls with eight fours and two sixes.

After the partnership was broken, Sri Lanka kept picking up wickets thanks to their superior fielding and restricted the opposition for 274 for nine.

Tandon reached his hundred in the last over of the innings off 102 deliveries with eight fours and one six.

All-rounder Navod Paranavithana was the hero for the Sri Lankans. He posted an half-century opening the innings and then picked up four wickets with his left-arm spin to win the Man of the Match award

There were two other half-centuries from Sri Lanka with Ahan Wickramasinghe top scoring with 73 and captain Nipun Dananjaya making 60.

Despite an impressive start, there was a scare of Sri Lanka not making use of the full 50 overs when they lost half the side with 176 runs on the board with more than 22 overs remaining.

However, skipper Dananjaya put up some useful partnerships with the lower middle order to ensure that Sri Lanka ended up with a competitive 326 for eight.

Sun 8-Sep

Sri Lanka v UAE at MCG
UAE won the toss and elected to field
Sri Lanka: 326 for 8 off 50 overs (N.Dinusri 61, A.Wickramasinghe 73, N.Dananjaya 60, R.Silva 36; R.Mukherjee 3-65)
UAE: 274 for 9 off 50 overs (Ansh 100*, A.Sharfu 36, O.Hassan 55; N.Dinusri 4-54)
Man of the Match: Navod Dinusri (Sri Lanka)


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Filed September 8th, 2019