Sri Lankan colts take commanding position in U-19 match against Pakistan


Karachi: After an impressive 200-run knock by Sri Lankan U-19 team skipper Charith Asalanka, Sri Lankan bowlers bowled lethally and helped the home team snatch a 138-run lead in the first inning against visiting Pakistan U-19 team on day two of three-day match on Monday at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota.

After an overnight score of 330-7, Sri Lanka added only 17 runs before declaring the inning with 347-9 on board in 95.3 overs. Asalanka added 16 more runs to his previous day score of 184 runs before being bowled by Shadab Khan, who captured a six-wicket haul.

Pakistan began its inning with a shaky start and was reduced to 69-5. Wicket-keeper batsman Umair Masood anchored Pakistan’s inning scoring important 102 runs while losing partners at the other end regularly. None of his teammates reached thirties.

Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara and Thilan Nimesh bowled lethally and captured three wickets each to restrict Pakistan to 209.

Sri Lanka started their second inning on the day and faced one over and scored 10 without losing any wicket at the end of the second day.