Sri Lanka Under-19 v India Under-19, 2nd youth Test, Kurunegala August 1, 2013

Fernando, Tyronne salvage draw for Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka Under-19 212 (Kulasekara 84, Yadav 6-38) and 499 (Tyronne 123, Fernando 100*, Milind 4-98) drew with India Under-19 393 for 8 dec (Zol 128, Iyer 84, Samson 70) and 113 for 3 (Herwadkar 32, Perera 2-28)

Binura Fernando and AK Tyronne scored a century each in the second innings to help Sri Lanka salvage a draw against India in the second youth Test at the Welagedara Stadium in Kurunegala.

The pair added 188 for the eighth wicket to seize the initiative, leaving India to chase an improbable 319.

Sri Lanka, electing to bat, struggled to get partnerships going in the first innings. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav finished with figures of 6-38 and spearheaded a fine bowling performance, as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 212. Only Kavindu Kulasekara scored a fifty and his 84 took the hosts past 200.

India, in reply, led by a century from the captain Vijay Zol, established a firm foothold on the match with a fine batting display. Zol struck 16 fours during his 128, and put up a 160-run third-wicket partnership with Sanju Samson, who scored 70. Shreyas Iyer, batting at No. 5, then scored 84 to take India to 393 and establish a lead of 181.

After Sri Lanka lost three wickets for 99, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis scored half-centuries, adding 60 for the fourth wicket to arrest India's momentum. But medium pacer Chama Milind picked up four crucial wickets to leave Sri Lanka precariously placed at 258 for 7, with Fernando and Tyronne at the crease, facing a big defeat.

However, the pair counterattacked with 32 fours and four sixes between them. Tyronne departed for 123 and Fernando remained unbeaten on 100 to take Sri Lanka to 499, and all but secure the draw.

India were 113 for 3 at the time of stumps, with Iyer and Samson at the crease and the series was drawn 0-0. The two teams will now play three youth ODIs.

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  • Sriram on August 5, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    For India, Zol and Sanju have been marked for future, but Zol has to learn from quickly that its runs and only runs that will matter. Not everyone can be a Unmukt or Rohit where talent is highlighted over runs at domestic level. And for Sanju keep it simple and perform in Ranji. with partiv and saha sidelined and DK's inconsitency, Sanju will play for A teams in 2-3 years time if he keeps is performance. He is now in media and fans eyes and that can be distracting.

  • raj on August 3, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    It's great that the current set of India selectors are looking at the future. However, I think they would do well by looking a bit further ahead then just 3-4 years - they should fast track players who have shown that they definitely have international future. Players such as Unmukt Chand and Zol should be given their break early to allow them to continue developing and stay ahead of the pack. Holding them back when they're ready for the next level only stagnates their growth.

  • Naresh on August 2, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Well played to both teams. Sri Lanka have something to take out of this team. Zol for India has been very prolific with his batting.

  • Lilan on August 2, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    @timohyj :Oh reallyy..If there was a fifth day India surely win the first test but not the second one.Coz noway that ur going to chase down 319 on 5th day sub continent test wicket specially when ur 3 dowan for 113.If there was a 5th day sieris will be 1-1.

  • timothy on August 2, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Once again the gulf in class between India and Sri Lanka is shown. And before people say well done to Sri Lanka for managing a draw remember that the match was only 4 days and not many test matches achieve results in 4 days. India would have won both matches if there was a fifth day

  • Yohan on August 1, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Well done Sri Lankan boys . you drew both games from the jaw of defeats . this team does nt look like having any vastly talented players . But there are guys fighting hard ( Like Binura & tyrone today) . that can achieve you some results . Now we have got 5 2007 U19 payers in national team ( Thiri , Chandimal , Thisara , Kusal , Angelo P ) .hopefully couple of these guys will get to it in future . Good luck in ODI series .

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