Keath and Armstrong help Australia square series
Australia Under-19s 4 for 156 (Armstrong 39, Handscomb 38) beat Sri Lanka Under-19s 155 (Gunathilake 43*, Armstrong 2-9) by six wickets
Australia coasted to an easy six-wicket win in the fourth ODI at the Marrara Cricket Ground to level the series 2-2 against Sri Lanka Under-19s. It was a poor day for the Sri Lankan batsmen in particular, as they lost half their side by the 20th over and posted a paltry 155. The Australian batsmen were hardly challenged as they sailed to victory within 38 overs.
The damage was done early by the right-arm medium pace duo of Tim Armstrong and Alex Keath, who combined to reduce Sri Lanka to 4 for 56 by the 18th over. The situation got worse when they lost two more for the addition of only eight runs. Danushka Gunathilake, who top scored with 43, had some assistance from the lower order to push the score past 150. He remained unbeaten and hit four fours.
The Australians progressed steadily towards the target thanks to the solid foundation laid by Peter Handscomb, who made 38. Both Keath and Armstrong rounded off a satisfying day's work with scores of 25 and 39 to knock off the required runs and set up the deciding clash at the same venue on Sunday.