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December 30, 2009
India Under-19 237 for 9 (Meenaria 69, Harpreet 67) beat Sri Lanka Under-19 192 (Buddika 31, Menaria 3-23) by 45 runs
An all-round performance by captain Ashok Menaria ensured India sailed through to their second consecutive win in the Tri-Nation Under-19s Tournament at the King Edward VII School Ground in Johannesburg. Meenaria top scored with 69 to take India to 237 and later chipped in with three late wickets to keep Sri Lanka to 192.
After opting to bowl, Sri Lanka's Kasun Madushanka removed the openers before they could settle in and the Indians soon found themselves at 51 for 3, in need of a solid stand. That came in the form of a 100-run partnership between Meenaria and Harpreet Singh, who made his U-19 debut. The pair batted for nearly 21 overs and managed a respectable run-rate of 4.72 during their stand. They were separated when Menaria was dismissed by offspinner Rumesh Buddika. Harpreet added another 40 with Manan Sharma before he was stumped for 67. The Indians just managed to bat out their 50 overs, losing nine wickets in the process.
The Sri Lankans failed to mount that target because they couldn't stitch together substantial partnerships. The top order made starts but failed to carry on, save for the only half-century stand in the innings - the 51 for the fourth wicket between Kithuruwan Vithanage and Buddika. The Sri Lankans couldn't recover after they lost half their side at 137 in the 37th over. Meenaria then took three lower-order wickets to top a very satisfying day in the field.
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