Rain fails to dampen Sri Lanka Under-19s
Sri Lanka U-19s 185 for 3 (Jayasundera 82, Buddika 54*) beat Bangladesh U-19s 211 for 9 (Mahmudul 82*, Peiris 4-38) by 20 runs via the D/L method
Chathura Peiris and Udara Jayasundera were the stars for Sri Lanka Under-19 as they got off to a winning start in the tournament, beating Bangladesh Under-19 by 20 runs via the D/L method in a rain-marred tie in Dambulla. No less was the contribution of Rumesh Buddika who scored an unbeaten half-century to hand Bangladesh their second defeat on the trot, having lost to Pakistan Under-19 the previous day.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudul Hasan looked to have made the right decision to bat first, with the openers putting on 46, before Peiris triggered a collapse to leave them stuttering at 68 for 5. The captain however, led from the front with a quick 82 and was supported well by Sabbir Rahman (42) during their sixth-wicket partnership of 100, but eventually ran out of partners. Peiris picked up two lower-order wickets as the visitors succumbed in the 43rd over.
Jayasundera, who picked up two wickets earlier, held sway at the top of the order during the reply. He struck six boundaries during his patient 120-ball knock, and teamed up well with Buddika to put on 93 for the third wicket. Buddika continued even after Jayasundera's departure, hitting four boundaries, as bad light stopped play in the 38th over, with the hosts ahead as per the D/L requirement.