Lankan Juniors edge out India
Sri Lanka received a huge boost ahead of their ICC World Cup Under 19
campaign when they edged out favourites India by seven runs in their
second warm up match worked off at Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday.
Tight bowling was the key to the side’s victory over India, who fell
seven runs short of their target while pursuing Sri Lanka’s total of
India made a good start to the chase with openers Rahul Kannaur and
Mayank Agarwal putting on 57, but Sri Lanka’s slow bowlers later took
charge of the game with Maduka Liyanapathiranage and Rushan Jaleel
bowling tight spells, and forcing India behind the run rate.
Earlier Sri Lanka had batted solidly with Rumesh Buddika and
Kithuruwan Vithanage putting on 62 for the third wicket, and Danishka
Gunathilleke making a handy 35 off 30 balls, including a four and a six.
The match was shortened to 26 overs a side.
Meanwhile another favoured team, Australia, lost to Bangladesh - who
now have two good practice wins under their belt signaling they will be
a strong contender in the competition proper starting on Friday.
Hosts New Zealand bounced back from the previous day’s loss to shut
out England in a solid five-wicket victory - chasing down a modest total
with time and wickets in hand.
The United States of America beat Papua New Guinea by 116 runs,
Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by four wickets, West Indies beat Ireland by
five runs, Hong Kong beat Canada by four wickets, and South Africa beat
Pakistan by 10 runs.