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February 6, 2014
Sri Lanka Under-19s 204 for 8 (Sumanasiri 50, Rajapaksha 36, Andrews 3-28) beat Australia Under-19s 202 (Gregory 50, Willis 46, Fernando 4-55) by two wickets
Anuk Fernando took four wickets and scored a vital unbeaten 25 to guide Sri Lanka Under-19s to a two-wicket win over Australia Under-19s, giving them a 3-0 series win.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Australia made a decent start, with openers Matthew Short and Kelvin Smith putting on 43 before left-arm spinner Lakshan Jayasinghe trapped Short lbw in the 10th over. Smith followed soon after, edging left-arm seamer Fernando to the wicketkeeper to give him his first wicket. Jaron Morgan and Sean Willis then added 41 for the third wicket before three quick wickets left Australia at 102 for 5. Willis then put on 52 with captain Alex Gregory before he was out to Fernando for 46. Wickets kept falling regularly after that, but Gregory's 75-ball 50 ensured Australia crossed 200.
Chasing 203, Sri Lanka were 41 for 4 before Priyamal Perera and Thilaksha Sumanasiri helped them recover with a 47-run fifth-wicket partnership. Sumanasiri then added 61 with Harsha Rajapaksha, before both were out to legspinner Thomas Andrews. When Sumanasiri fell, for a 78-ball 50, Sri Lanka needed 45 from 13.1 overs, with three wickets in hand. The fall of Ramesh Mendis, who put on 34 with Fernando, left Sri Lanka needing 10 runs in four overs, with two wickets in hand. The eighth-wicket pair of Fernando and Jayasinghe took its time, but saw Sri Lanka home with four balls to spare.
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