UNDER-19 ASIA CUP 2019
Navod Paranavuithana starred in a superb all-round performance of 61 (9×4) and 4 wickets for 54 in the Sri Lanka Emerging Team’s 52-run win over the United Arab Emirates in a Group B Under-19 Asia Cup match played at the FTZ Sports Complex (BOI), Katunayake yesterday. Sri Lanka amassed 326 for 8 in 50 overs to which the UAE replied with 274 for 9 in 50 Overs. The top scorer for Sri Lanka was Ashan Wickramasinghe with a fine 52-ball 73 studded with 11 hits to Ropes while skipper Nipun Dananjaya made a stroke filled 69-ball 60 inclusive of 6 boundaries. Navod Paranavuithana was adjudged Player of the Match. The United Arab Emirates did make a brave run chase fronted by a superb unbeaten century of 100 off 102 balls containing 8 boundaries and a six, but eventually found the tall target beyond their reach.
Meanwhile, Bangaldesh beat Nepal by 6 wickets in a Group B match at the P. Saravanamuththu International Cricket Stadium.Nepal made a formidable 261 for 8 in 50 overs, but Bangladesh reached the victory target with consummate ease for the loss of only 4 wickets closing on 262 off 49.2 overs. The architect was skipper Akbar Ali with an unbeaten 98 to take the Player of the Match award.
Sri Lanka 326/8 (50 Overs) Run Rate: 6.52 (A. Wickramasinghe 73, N.D. Paranavithana 61, N.D. Perera 60, R. Sanjaya 36, C. Wijesinghe 27, R. Rasantha 22, A. Daniel n.o. 16, R. Mukherjee 3/65, K.P. Meiyappan 2/70) vs United Arab Emirates 274/9 (50 Overs) Run Rate: 5.48 (Ansh Tandon n.o. 100, Osama Hassan 55, Syed Haider 27, V. Aravind 26, N.D. Paranavithana 4/54, R. Sanjaya 2/36, N.D. Perera 2/41)
Nepal 261/8 (50 Overs) Run Rate: 5.22 (P. Sarraf 81, S. Jhora 56, Rit Gautman 32, Kaushal Malla 28, B. Sharki 21, R.K. Paudel 14, Tanzim Hasan Sakib 2/51, Shahin Alam 2/58) vs Bangladesh 262/4 (49.2 Overs) Run Rate: 5.31 (Akbar Ali n.o. 98 , Towhid Hridoy 60, Mahmudul Hasan Joy 40, Shamim Hossain n.o. 42, K.S. Airee 2/59)
By Srian Obeyesekere
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