Charith and Bhanuka pilot Sri Lanka under 19 to victory
Left arm seamer Charith Jayampathy snapped up four wickets and
Bhanuka Rajapaksa hammered a sparkling unbeaten half century as Sri
Lanka launched their campaign for the ICC Under-19 World Cup with a
smashing eight wicket victory over Zimbabwe in their rain curtailed
opening group match worked off at Lincoln in Christchurch yesterday.
The Lankans dismissed their opponents for 121 runs in 33.3 overs and
then reached their target from 25 overs. Even then Sri Lanka had to fend
off a fired-up Zimbabwe pace attack before completing their victory.
Chasing 122 for victory, Sri Lankan openers Udara Jayasundara and
Andri Berenger laid the platform for the chase but it was no easy road
as they withstood a barrage from the Zimbabwe pacemen.
The pair accumulated 35 runs in 10 overs, until Berenger was caught
behind by wicket keeper Dean Mashawidza off Nathan Waller for 16.
Jayasundara went the same way, but Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Rumesh Buddhika
finished the match for Sri Lanka with aplomb, relishing the start they
had been given.
Man of the Match Rajapaksa hit a delightful 52 not out from 43 balls,
as Sri Lanka reached the target in the 25th over. For Zimbabwe Nathan
Waller was aggressive and tested the batsmen, thoroughly deserving his
two wickets for 27 runs.
Earlier, Sri Lanka put Zimbabwe into bat and immediately had them in
trouble - dismissing the top four batsmen for 12 runs. Captain Chathura
Peiris captured both openers with his left-arm fast deliveries, while
fellow left-armer Charith Jayampathi chipped another two batsmen out
cheaply, impressing with the lift he extracted from the pitch.
Zimbabwe continued to lose wickets, slipping to 44 for seven, before
the eighth wicket stand of the innings - a defiant partnership between
number seven, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, and number nine, Simon Mugava, which
added 47 valuable runs.
Zimbabwe were all out for 121, failing by just three balls to finish
the 34 overs available after rain delayed the start of play - a good
recovery after looking like they would capitulate for less than 50.
Mutombodzi finished unbeaten on 42, hitting five boundaries in his
P.J. Moor c Vithanage b Peiris 0
G. Chirimuta lbw b Peiris 4
M. Zambuko c Berenger b Madushanka 1
D. Mazhawidza c Vithanage b Jayampathi 4
A. Lindsay c Buddhika b Jayampathi 3
D.R. Higgins c Berenger b Jayampathi 6
T.C. Mutombodzi not out 42
N. Waller c Berenger b Jayampathi 10
S.M. Mugava b Jayasundera 21
C.W. Price c Vithanage b Peiris 5
T. Chitara b Jayasundera 10
Extras (lb 10, w 4, nb 1) 15
Total (all out in 33.3 overs) 121
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-5, 3-5, 4-12, 5-19, 6-20, 7-44, 8-91, 9-107.
Bowling: C. Peiris 7-4-14-3, T. Madushanka 7-4-11-1, C. Jayampathi 7-0-26-4, B. Rajapaksa 4-0-20-0,
M. Gunathilleke 2-0-7-0, U. Jayasundera 4.3-0-24-2, R Jaleel 2-0-9-0.
SRI LANKA UNDER-19
U. Jayasundera c Mazhawidza b Waller 30
A. Berenger c Mazhawidza b Waller 16
B. Rajapaksa not out 52
R. Buddhika not out 19
Extras (w 8) 8
Total (2 wickets in 24.2 overs) 125
Did not bat: K. Vithanage, P. Fernando, M. Gunathilleke, C. Peiris, C. Jayampathi, R. Jaleel, T. Madushanka.
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-65.
Bowling: T. Chitara 6-0-29-0, C. Price 5-0-23-0, N. Waller 7-0-26-2, S.M. Mugava 2-0-12-0,
M. Zambuko 3-0-15-0, A. Lindsay 1-0-12-0, D.R. Higgins 0.2-0-8-0.