England U-19s v Sri Lanka U-19s, 2nd Test, Scarborough July 27, 2010

Best keeps Sri Lanka under control

Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka U-19s 298 for 8 (Karunanayake 90m Best 5-53) v England U-19s

Paul Best, the Warwickshire left-arm spinner, took 5 for 53 as Sri Lanka reached 298 for 8 on a hard-fought opening day of the second Under-19 Test at Scarborough. Nipun Karunanayake led the visitors' batting with 90 but it needed the lower order to chip in after Best had made steady breakthroughts.

Karunanayake and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (47) added 95 for the second wicket as Sri Lanka, who lead the series after victory at Wantage Road, reached 124 for 1 having opted to bat first. But then Best started to make an impression Rajapaksa trapping lbw before claiming to middle-order scalps. He then removed the key figure of Karunanayake with his third lbw of the innings.

When the top-scorer fell Sri Lanka were 178 for 5 and wasting the advantage of batting first, but useful innings from Denuwan Rajakaruna (35) and Akshu Fernando (39) kept them afloat. Best claimed his fifth wicket when he caught and bowled Rajakaruna although Sri Lanka's lower order proved hard to shift as they added valuable runs.