Sri Lanka win thriller by one run
Sri Lanka won the second game of the five-match series by a thrilling one run against the visiting Bangladesh under-19 team at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket stadium yesterday, to take a 2-0 lead. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored 228 runs for 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Right hand opener Sadeesh Jayawardana scored a valuable 58 runs in 94 balls with 4 boundaries. No.4 bat Pawan Pathiraja once again scored a valuable 51 runs in 68 balls with 4 boundaries.
This was his second half century. Sadeesh and left-hand No.3 batter Shevon Daniel (34) (both Josephians) put on a partnership of 66 runs for the second wicket in 102 balls, while Sadeesh and Pawan teamed up and put on a partnership of 54 runs for the 3rd wicket in 87 balls. The other batters who made useful contributions were Chamindu Wickramasinghe (27), deputy skipper Raveen de Silva (25) and skipper Dunith Wellalage (15).
Ripon Mondol claimed 3 wickets for 49 runs and Md Ashiqur Zaman claimed 2 wickets for 54 runs. Ariful Islam, Md Golam Kibria, Md Meherob Hasan and Naimur Rohman Noyon claimed one wicket each. Bangladesh were bowled out for 227 runs in 49.3 overs. Right hand opener Mahfijul Islam Robin scored 75 runs in 96 balls with 7 boundaries and a six. Openers Mahfijul Islam Robin and Iftikher Hossain Ifti (36) gave them a good start putting on 57 runs for the opening wicket.
The other useful partnership was between Mahfijul Islam Robin and skipper SM Meherob Hasan who put on 53 runs for the 4th wicket. Iftikher Hossain (36), skipper SM Meherob Hasan (33), Ariful Islam (23), Gazi Md Tahjibul Islam (17) and Md Ashiqur Zaman (11 n.o.) helped to build their inning. Right arm paceman Matheesha Pathirana and skipper Dunith Wellalage claimed 3 wickets each. Matheesha took 2 wickets in consecutive balls in the 48th over to swing the game in Sri Lanka’s favour. Matheesha’s 3 wickets cost 26 runs while Dunith’s 3 wickets cost 30 runs. Traveen Mathew chipped in with 2 wickets for 47 runs.
Sri Lanka: 228/8 (50) (Sadeesh Jayawardana 58, Shevon Daniel 34, Pawan Pathiraja 51, Raveen de Silva 25, Chamindu Wickramasinghe 27, Ripon Mondol 3/49, Md Ashiqur Zaman 2/54)
Bangladesh: 227 (49.3) (Mahfijul Islam Robin 75, Iftikher Hossain 36, SM Meherob Hasan 33, Ariful Islam 23. Matheesha Pathirana 4.3-0-26-3, Dunith Wellalage 10-1-30-3 Traveen Mathew 10-0- 47-2) (IR)