SRI LANKA POWER UP

Sri Lanka scored a confidence-boosting 137 run victory over Namibia in their second match of the U-19 World Cup at R. Premadasa Stadium.

All the top-order Sri Lankan batsmen, with the exception of opener Sameera Soysa made runs. What would have pleased their fans was the manner in which they made them, playing with calm and conviction throughout.

With the Sri Lankan batting plan being one to play positively but not recklessly, all the batsmen set about building innings and minimising risks. Sri Lanka’s run-rate for the first two thirds of their innings never went much above four an over but from 144 for 4 in the 35th over, they ran Namibia ragged with some excellent running between the wickets. It marked a serious improvement from their performance against Scotland the day before. Sri Lanka finished on 263 with Dilan Cooray top-scoring with 64 off 73 deliveries (2 fours and 1 six).

In response, Namibia were initially playing with some comfort against Sri Lanka’s seamers but once the spinners came on they were totally hapless as seven of the batsmen were unable to get into get into double-figures against the off-spin of Sachitra Serasinghe (3-22) and left-arm spin of super-sub Rajeev Weerasinghe (4-24)

Sri Lanka will next play India on Friday in a match that will determine who will finish top of their group.

Group C: Sri Lanka v Namibia, R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
SRI LANKA WON BY 137 RUNS
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat
Sri Lanka: 263 for 8 off 50 overs (D. Karunaratne 33, S. Serasinghe 41, A. Mathews 32, D. Cooray 64; F. Marx 3-70, L. van der Westhuizen 3-34)
Namibia: 126 off 38.3 overs (S. Serasinghe 3-22, R. Weerasinghe 4-24)
Man of the Match: Sachitra Serasinghe (Sri Lanka)

Filed February 9 2006