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Dunith and Yasiru guide Sri Lanka U19 to lead series 2-1

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Skipper Dunith Wellalage and Yasiru Rodrigo produced fine all round performances as Sri Lanka under 19 recorded a two-wicket win over England under 19 in their third ODI cricket fixture played at SSC grounds yesterday. The bowlers dominated this low-scoring game and finally, Sri Lanka took a 2-1 lead with two games to spare.

England under 19’ s chose to bat first but Sri Lanka’s bowlers skittled them out for 114 in just 34.3 overs and Skipper Wellalage led from the front with 3 for 13 while Yasiru Rodrigo, Treveen Mathew, and Raveen de Silva shared two wickets each. Sri Lanka Youth team couldn’t get a good start but middle-order batters fought back to reach their target in 44 overs with two wickets in hand.

Sri Lanka chasing their target were struggling 5 for 46 after 18.4 overs and the game was wide open for both teams. Especially Shevon Daniel (0) and previous match centurion Pawan Pathiraja (13) were back to the pavilion with two run outs and visitors were fighting back strongly. Opener Anjala Bandara top scored 29 in 58 balls with four boundaries while skipper Dunith Wellalage made 18 runs in 55 balls with a boundary trying to repair the innings. However, Sri Lanka once again was struggling at 96 for eight wickets after 38.5 overs.

All-rounder Yasiru Rodrigo the number nine batter took the responsibility to stay at wicket using his experience finally scored an unbeaten 12 in 28 balls with two fours supported by paceman Matheesha Pathirana with 6 runs in 13 balls and the pair associated 19 runs ninth-wicket stand which paved the way to get important victory to take the series 2-1 lead.

The two teams will meet their 4th ODI on Nov. 8 at the same venue.

Monday, December 6, 2021 – 01:00











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