Sadisha and Chamindu guide Sri Lanka youth to win
The most popular school boy cricketer of the Observer-SLT Mobitel awards ceremony Sadisha Rajapaksa produced superb batting display to hit 131 while opener Chamindu Wickramasinghe stroked 111 as Sri Lanka under 19’s defeated Nepal by 60 runs in their Asia Cup cricket fixture played at Sharjah cricket stadium yesterday.
Nepal chasing a target of 323 runs were 262 all out in 47.5 overs. Their openers Santosh Karki (34) and Dev Khanal (28) added 59 runs in 10.2 overs and later Arjun Saud and Basir Ahamad added 75 runs stand for the fifth wicket. The off spinner Shevon Daniel made a breakthrough in 37th over to dismiss Ahamad for 43 runs in 51 balls while Arjun Saud top scored 64 in 80 balls finally sent back to pavilion with a run out followed by another run out from Bibek Yadav who scored 46 in 29 balls. Sri Lankan bowlers fought back strongly to win the game with 2.1 overs to spare. Raveen de Silva and Matheesha Pathirana took 3 wickets each took bowling honours.
Earlier Sri Lanka under 19’s chose to bat first produced fine batting display with Opener Chamindu Wickramasinghe and number three batter Sadisha Rajapaksa were leading the way to build up innings. Wickramasinghe and Shevon Daniel who scored 17 in 28 balls making a slow start with 39 runs in 10.1 overs. However Sadisha Rajapaksa joined with Wickramasinghe increased their total with a remarkable 223 runs third wicket stand which was the most successful combination so far in this tournament.
The 18-year-old right hander Rajapaksa top scored 131 in 119 balls striking 11 fours and two sixes while left hander Wickramasinghe made a good supporting role to score 111 in 126 balls including eight fours and two sixes.
Skipper Dunith Wellalage also made fine finishing touches to add an unbeaten 34 in 24 balls including three fours and a six which paved the way to make a challenging total of 322 for 4 wickets in their allotted 5O overs. Sri Lanka top order batters were in real form with scoring over 300 runs in back to back two matches against Kuwait and Nepal and they will meet Bangladesh in their last group fixture on tomorrow (28) at same venue Sharjah Stadium.
Sri Lanka Under 19′ s 322 for 4 wickets in 50 overs: Chamindu Wickramasinghe 111, Shevon Daniel 17, Sadisha Rajapaksa 131, Dunith Wellalage 34n.o, Adil Alam 2/46
Nepal under 19” s 262 in 47.5 overs: Santosh Karki 34,Dev Khanal 28,Arjun Saud 64, Basir Ahamad 43, Bibek Yadav 46, Gulshan Jah 13,Raveen de Silva 3/35 Matheesha Pathirana 3/49. (D.R)