Sri Lanka U-19 tastes win, levels series 1-1

Chasing 194, the Islanders sailed on skipper Nipun Dananjaya’s unbeaten 92 to beat India U-19 by five wickets.

Chasing 194, the Islanders sailed on skipper Nipun Dananjaya’s unbeaten 92 to taste victory.   -  TWITTER/@Official SLC

Sri Lanka U-19 rode on Nipun Dananjaya Perera’s unbeaten 92 to beat India by five wickets in the second Youth ODI and draw level the five-match series 1-1 here on Thursday.

Opting to bat, India was bowled out for 193 in 47 overs at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground. In reply, the home team chased the target with 26 balls to spare.

Opener Pawan Shah top-scored for India U-19 with 49 off 64 balls, hitting six boundaries. Ayush Badoni contributed 36 off 50 balls, Sameer Choudhary made 32 while Ajay Dev Goud struck 24.

Left-arm spinner Shashika Dulshan was the pick of Sri Lanka bowlers with figures of 3/27 from his 10 overs, while Naveen Fernando, Lakshitha Manasinghe and Navod Paranavithana picked up two wickets apiece.

The Sri Lankans got off to a poor start with the bat, losing Paranavithana cheaply, but Perera along with Pasindu Sooriyabandara (52 off 71 balls) batted well to see their team home. Perera struck seven boundaries during his 112-ball knock, while Sooriyabandara found the fence five times and faced 71 balls.

Brief scores: (India U-19) 193 all out; P. Shah 49, A. Badoni 36; S. Dulshan 3/27 lost to (Sri Lanka U-19) 195/5; N. Dananjaya 92 not out; S. Desai 2/31, A. Dev Goud 2/32 by five wickets.