Buddika and Rajapaksa lead rout of South Africa
Rumesh Buddika and Banuka Rajapaksa starred with bat and ball respectively to help Sri Lanka Under-19 upstage the home side in a one-sided contest at the Wanderers
Sri Lanka Under-19 283 (Buddika 139, Fernando 51, Wernars 4-42) beat South Africa Under-19 135 (Rajapaksa 6-29) by 148 runs
Rumesh Buddika and Banuka Rajapaksa starred with bat and ball respectively to help Sri Lanka Under-19 trounce the home side in a one-sided contest at the Wanderers. Buddika's 139 propelled Sri Lanka to 283 but South Africa Under-19's response was so meek, they managed to bat out only 33 overs and conceded the game by 148 runs. Rajapaksa, for his part cleaned them up with a six-wicket haul.
The Sri Lankans opted to bat but got off to a shaky start, losing their openers in the fifth over with the score on 17. South Africa held the advantage till the 15th over, when the fourth wicket fell on 82, before Buddika took the initiative away, and there was no looking back from thereon. Akshu Fernando added 123 for the fifth wicket with Buddika and that was the launch-pad for a big score. Fernando hit 51 off 59 balls before he was dismissed in the 35th over, ending an association with Buddika which lasted just over 20 overs. Buddika's 139 featured 18 fours, before he was run out in the 47th over. Kirk Wernars, the right-arm seamer, ran through the lower order to pick up 4 for 42.
The South African openers got the chase off to a good start, adding 53. However, they lost control after Chathura Peiris removed the pair in the same over. Thereafter, it was a downward slide as Rajapaksa ran through the middle order to finish with 6 for 29, more than compensating for his third-ball duck. The win also gave Sri Lanka a much-needed bonus point, after having lost both games prior to this.