Day 2: MISHRA HALF-CENTURY GUIDES SRI LANKA TO FIVE WICKET WIN OVER NEPAL

Sri Lanka got off to a winning start in their Under-19 Asia Cup opening campaign overcoming Nepal with a five wicket win at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday. Wicketkeeper and opening batsman Kamil Mishara posted a half-century to help Sri Lanka chase down a target of 159 with 50 deliveries to spare. He was named Man of the Match.

Sri Lanka v Nepal
Winners - Sri Lanka

In a game reduced to 42 overs due to rain and wet ground conditions, Nepal opted to bat first after winning the toss and failed to convert a good start.

Rohit Paudel (46) and opening batsman Rit Gautam (54) added 91 runs for the third wicket with skipper Paudel looking in good touch. The number four batsman, who has already represented Nepal’s senior side in One Day Internationals and T-20 Internationals, with his fine temperament showed that he is a player to watch for moving forward.

Paudel, who just turned 17 earlier this week, was excellent in running between the wickets and put Sri Lanka’s fielders under tremendous pressure.

The third wicket partnership was looking threatening when all-rounder Navod Paranavithana provided the breakthrough by dismissing Gautam.

A few overs later, Paudel departed offering a return catch to off-spinner Ashian Daniel. His dismissal triggered a middle order collapse as Nepal lost three wickets for the addition of just two runs in the space of five deliveries.

Sri Lanka’s top order provided excellent support to Mishara. Ahan Wickramasinghe, who batted at number four, scored 30 runs. Mishara’s 55 came off 62 deliveries with three fours and two sixes.

Despite the defeat, Nepal fielders showed plenty of energy on the field. There were some impressive efforts to cut down runs defending a modest target. The very experience of playing at a venue like R. Premadasa Stadium that had hosted the World T-20 final in 2012 and the World Cup semi-final in 2011 will stand in good stead for them.

The Asian Cricket Council has been generous to accommodate the Nepalese side and their support staff for two weeks in Colombo prior to the start of the tournament and they have been spending lot of time fine tuning their skills.

Off-spinner Pawan Sarraf, who has already represented the Nepalese senior side in ODIs and T-20 Internationals, was another player to impress bowling nine tidy overs that cost only 28 runs.

ACC U19 ASIA CUP 2019
Fri 6-Sep


Sri Lanka v Nepal at RPICS
SRI LANKA WON BY FIVE WICKETS (D/L METHOD)
Nepal won the toss and chose to bat
Nepal: 159 for 9 off 42 overs (R.Guatam 54, R.Paudel 47; D.Madushanka 3-23, N.Dinusri 3-26)
Sri Lanka: 159 for 5 off 33.4 overs (K.Mishara 55, A.Wickramasinghe 30)
Man of the Match: Kamil Mishara (Sri Lanka)

 

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Filed September 6th, 2019