India U-19 team trounces Sri Lanka U-19s by six wickets

The India U-19 team produced a clinical display to defeat Sri Lanka U-19 by six wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match limited over series.

The Indian U-19 team comfortably chased down the target of 144 in 37.1 overs. (File Image)   -  Twitter @BCCI

The India U-19 team produced a disciplined all-round performance to make a rampaging start to the five-match limited over series against Sri Lanka, thrashing the home side by six wickets in a lop-sided first Youth ODI on Monday.

Skipper Nipun Dananjaya’s decision to bat backfired as the host failed to put up a fight against quality bowling by India, folding for a paltry 143 in 38.4 overs at the P Sara Oval.

Sri Lanka failed to stitch together a fruitful partnership as only five batsman could reach double figures. Skipper Perera (33 off 45 balls) and Nipun Malinga (38 off 39 balls) emerged as the top scorers to take Sri Lanka close to the 150-mark.

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Ajay Dev Goud picked up three wickets, while Mohit Jangra (2/14), Yatin Mangwani (2/35) and Ayush Badoni (2/37) snapped up two each. Siddharth Desai (1/25) accounted for one wicket.

India then rode on a patient fifty by opener Anuj Rawat and some useful contributions from Aryan Juyal (20) and Sameer Choudhary (31 not out) to overhaul the target in 37.1 overs.

For Sri Lanka U-19s, Lakshitha Manasinghe (2/32) took two wickets, while Avishka Lakshan (1/40) and Sandun Mendis (1/15) scalped one wicket each.

Scores in brief:

Sri Lanka U-19s: 143 all out in 38.4 overs (N Malinga 38; AD Goud 3/18)
India U-19s: 144 for 4 in 37.1 overs (A Rawat 50; L Manasinghe 2/32).

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