Opening batsman Mahmudul Joy posted the highest individual score in the Under-19 Asia Cup 2019 to help Bangladesh top group  ‘B’ with a  comprehensive 42 over Sri Lanka at De Zoysa Stadium in Moratuwa on Tuesday.

Bangladesh finished the group stage with an unbeaten record and more importantly they will avoid defending champions India in the semi-finals. They will take on Group ‘A’ runners-up Afghanistan on Thursday at the same venue.

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh
Winners - Bangladesh

Sri Lanka meanwhile will take on India at P. Sara Oval also on Thursday.

Joy batted through playing the anchor role and towards the tail end of the innings cashed in. Leg-spinner Kavindu Nadeeshan had bowled superbly with his second spell of six overs costing Sri Lanka only 12 runs. But his last two overs went for 36 runs with the final over alone costing 25 runs. Joy did the damage smashing him for two sixes and three fours in the last over. His effort helped Bangladesh to post a competitive 273 for seven.

His 126 is now the highest individual score in this competition surpassing Indian Arjun Azad’s 121 against Pakistan last week.

Joy was involved in an 121 run stand for the third wicket with Towhid Hridoy (50) and that laid the foundation for Bangladesh innings while rest of the batting chipped in with useful contributions,

Left-arm quick Dilshan Madushanka was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka claiming three wickets.

Sri Lanka’s batting was a huge let down as most of them got starts but no one went onto post a competitive score. Kamil Mishara (33), Ahan Wickramasinghe (33) and skipper Nipun Dananjaya (36) all have been in good form in the tournament but failed to make an impact cracking under pressure.

It could have been lot worse for Sri Lanka as they slumped to 183 for nine but a 48 run stand for the last wicket between Rohan Sanjaya and Dilshan Madushanka saw them post 231 all out in 47.4 overs.

Sanjaya was the top scorer in the Sri Lankan innings. His 42 came off 36 balls with four fours and two sixes. Left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan picked up three wickets.

Joy’s effort earned him the Man of the Match award.

Bangladesh are coached by former Sri Lanka Test cricketer Naveed Nawaz.

Tue 10-Sep

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Moratuwa
Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat
Bangladesh: 273 for 7 off 50 overs (MH.Joy 126, T.Hridoy 50; D.Madushanka 3-54)
Sri Lanka: 231 all out off 47.4 overs (K.Mishara 33, A.Wickramasinghe 33, N.Dananjaya 36, R.Silva 42; R.Hasan 3-49)
Man of the Match: Mahmudul Hasan Joy (Bangladesh)


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Filed September 10th, 2019