Confident Lakans meet Namibia today
Sri Lanka look set to notch up their second successive victory when
they confront Namibia in their International Cricket Council (ICC) Under
19 Youth World Cup Group C fixture at the Penang Sports Club ground in
The Lankans are in a confident mood following their impressive
performance against Nepal where they cruised to an easy 61 run victory
at the same venue on Monday.
They are now just one match away from earning a place in the final
round along with the former two time champions Australia.
Even then Sri Lanka coach Roger Wijesuriya is expecting an improved
performance from his top order batsmen following a pretty ordinary
effort in the game against Nepal.
The Lankans however recovered through their middle order batting to
post a competitive total of 236 for 9 and then bundled out their
opponents for 175 runs.
Sri Lanka is likely to miss the services of regular opening batsman
Dilshan Munaweera who is yet recover the from the finger injury.
The dashing opener has been a consistent run getter for his team
during the home Tri Series against Pakistan and England as well as in
the warm up matches played in Kuala Lumpur.
As a result Lahiru Thirimanne was promoted to open the batting but
managed just 17 runs from 29 deliveries.
In fact Sri Lanka's top three batsmen contributed only 21 runs
between them with Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Janitha Perera also failing
to make an impact.
Sri Lanka also received a tremendous boost with the arrival of
consultant batting coach Aravinda de Silva who has played a major role
in the recent past to improve the technique and the skills of the
Namibia of course are unlikely to offer any resistance to the Lankans
who are determined to improve their net run rate by piling up a huge
At the moment they have a healthy net run rate of + 1.220. Australia
also had some good batting practices in the match against Namibia where
they piled up a massive 312 from their 48 overs.
Sri Lanka (from): Ashan Subasinghe (captain), Sachith Pathirana,
Thisara Perera, Roshane Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal,
Dilshan Munaweera, Imesh Udayanga, Navin Kavikara, Denuwan Fernando,
Ishan Jayaratne, Angelo Perera, Chathura Peiris, Umesh Karunarathna and
Namibia (from): Dawid Botha (captain), Claude Bouwer, Gert Coetzee,
Morne Engelbrecht, Tiaan Louw, Elandre Oosthuizen, Bernard Scholtz, Sean
Silver, Ewald Steenkamp (wk), Keady Strauss, Louis van der Westhuizen,
Martin van Niekerk, Ashley van Rooi, Raymond van Schoor, Helao Ya