The Karnataka under-19 team made a winning start to their tour of Sri Lanka when they defeated the Sri Lanka Schools Combined Under-19 side by 94 u runs in a two day game at the De Zoyasa stadium in Moratuwa on Thursday.
The game was played on 70 overs a side. The visiting team were all out for 237 in 66 overs on Wednesday. The Lankan team in reply folded up for 143 runs off 47 overs. Wickets fell at regular intervals and no batsman, save M Fernando, put up a fight. Fernando scored 50 not out. After five wickets had fallen for 66 runs, Fernando and Chandana (16) added 30 runs for the sixth wicket. Later, Fernando and K Anthony (18) added 39 runs for the eighth wicket. But the home team never really got anywhere the Karnataka side's total and their final score was inflated by as many as 30 extras. Medium pacer G Lhaitra was the most successful bowler with four for 41. He was ably supported by S Lazarus (2 for 26) and P Hajeri (2 for 24).