Sri Lanka U-19 v India U-19, 1st Youth Test, Dambulla July 26, 2013

India dominate but Sri Lanka hold on for draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Under-19s 503 for 7 dec (Zol 173, Samson 89, Karunaratne 4-94) drew with Sri Lanka Under-19s 256 (Kulasekara 76, Yadav 4-95) and 264 for 9 (Samarawickrama 88, Sumanasiri 62)

Sri Lanka's final-wicket partnership withstood 55 balls to salvage a draw against India in Dambulla. Following on after they could only muster 256 in the first innings in reply to India's 503 - a total courtesy a magnificent 173 from captain Vijay Zol - Sri Lanka's No. 8 Ramesh Medis and No. 11 Lakshan Jayasinghe held firm till close of play.

India were asked to bat first and their top five all passed fifty. Shubham Khajuria dominated a 79-run opening partnership, striking 10 fours during an innings of 52 off 61 balls, while his partner Akhil Herwadkar collected his 71 runs at a more sedate pace. But India's innings revolved around Zol's century, which included 21 fours and two sixes. He and Sanju Samson, who made 89, put India on top with a third-wicket partnership of 200 runs. Samson was denied a century by Chamika Karunaratne, who also accounted for Zol and finished as Sri Lanka's best bowler with four wickets. Shreyas Iyer chipped in with 65 as India declared at 503 for 7.

Sri Lanka needed one of their batsmen to emulate Zol, but their top score was a patient 76 from Kavindu Kulasekara. Having begun gingerly, they lost Kusal Mendis in the eighth over, before opener Hashan Dumindu and Kulasekara steadied the innings. Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up four wickets in the innings, broke their 76-run stand for the second wicket. Minod Bhanuka was the only other batsman to cross fifty but after he became the fourth wicket to fall with the score at 197, India wrapped up remaining batsmen for an additional 59 runs and invited Sri Lanka to follow-on.

Mendis fell early again and was followed by Kulasekara in the 13th over. Iyer compounded Sri Lanka's problems by removing Dumindu and Bhanuka off successive balls before Sri Lanka recovered through Sadeera Samarawickrama, whose 88 off 141 balls included 15 fours and a six.

But the home side were staring at defeat when Samawickrama fell, soon after notching up Sri Lanka's only century partnership in the match with Thilaksha Sumanasiri. Sumanasiri's half-century continued the resistance, though, and he ate away enough time before he fell for 62 off 133 balls for the last-wicket pair to hold on till the end of day's play.

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  • Yohan on July 27, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    from SL Point of view , it s an achievement to draw this game considering they were asked to follow on . but that too due to grit of last pair . need to step our game in next match . what ever happen its 0-0 as of now . Come on boys .

  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    When SA_SL ODI series was underway, there was some classic U19 cricket being played at Dambulla. I was following all the way right from beginning & session by session. I was demoralized to see neither article was written on this nor ball-by-ball commentary on espncricinfo. I had sent many comments regarding this to espncricinfo but none of them published on the blogs. The article doesn't show true picture of the match. IND started at brisk rate with openers batted confidentiality. Zol & Sanju were the heros for day 1 whereas Kuldeep Yadav left armer from Mumbai-Indians bench squad was the hero for the day 3. He brought IND into match when there was decent partnership going between Bhanuka & Kulasekh. I thought for a draw when rain defied day 3. I was stunned at 4th Day lunch to see SL all out & lost 1 wicket for 24 on f/o. At tea SL were 4 down and some 42 overs remained. Finally I saw tame draw. No words to praise IND for taking 14 wkts on day 4. Best part 4 SL was hang on last wkt.

  • santhosh on July 27, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Good work sl. For an ordinary team to draw a match is something u have to acknowledge

  • darius on July 27, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    be it u-19 or seniors SL are below average at best.....and their fans still take pride in it....funny..........

  • Anup on July 27, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Close of play Tue, 23 Jul - day 1 - India Under-19s 1st innings 333/2 (VH Zol 129*, SV Samson 74*, 90 ov) Wed, 24 Jul - day 2 - Sri Lanka Under-19s 1st innings 24/1 (H Dumindu 10*, K Kulasekara 5*, 16 ov) Thu, 25 Jul - day 3 - Sri Lanka Under-19s 1st innings 235/5 (K Kulasekara 76*, R Mendis 14*, 104 ov) Fri, 26 Jul - day 4 - Sri Lanka Under-19s 2nd innings 264/9 (92 ov) - end of match

  • Nilantha on July 27, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @srini-chennai - did you not see the scorecard?huge gulf in class? How come you didn't win then despite scoring 500+? Would have and could haves don't count for squat the fact is you didn't win and it was a draw...well played Sri Lanka

  • Srinivasan on July 27, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    This match shows a huge gulf in class between India and Srilanka. Playing in home, after winning the toss, SL hung on to a draw after last wicket miracle. If not for the rain in 2nd day, India would have won in 3 and a half days.

  • murali on July 27, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    So picking up last wicket is tradition taken from indian team but well played

  • keve on July 27, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    I dont know why people say that SL has one of the best school system cricket . We know playing against a nation which has many individuals would be tough. But should have been a much better performance from SL youngsters being at home. The under 19 games we do not shine. But from somewhere we find mystery and new variaty of bowlers

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Alot of positives for the u19 Indian kids...may hve not won the match but were on top all the way through, I hope the impressive LFM's in the team will be looked after by BCCI and respective state boards...Future is very bright

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