Report: SL U19 vs Ind U19, Day 4
Sri Lanka Under-19 pulled off a draw against India Under-19 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium final day, after being asked to follow-on in the first of the two four-day matches of the series.
Sri Lanka were trailing by 268 runs with five wickets in hand in the first innings at the end of third day’s play. They were then bowled out, after adding just 21 runs on the fourth morning. Ramesh Mendis and Kavindu Kulasekara returned without adding to their overnight total, dismissed by Atul Singh in the second over of the day.
Sniffing a victory, the Indian colts enforced follow-on. However, the hosts rallied on to finish the game on 264 for the loss of nine wickets in the second innings with a 17-run lead to deny the visitors a win.
Earlier, Atul Singh and Chama Milind polished off the rest of the SL line-up in the morning to bowl the home team out for 256 in the first innings. Following on, SL lost both their openers before lunch and were 50 for loss of two at the end of the first session.
Sadeera Samarawickrama kept the hosts afloat with a valiant 181-ball 88 and was ably supported by Thilaksha Sumanasiri (62). Although the Vijay Zol-led team picked wickets at regular intervals, they were unable to wrap up the opposition in time. Milind, Singh, Kuldeep Yadav and Shreyas Iyer picked two wickets each during the hosts’ second innings, while Aamir Gani took one.
End of Day 4: Sri Lanka U19 1st inn 256 all-out in 110.1 (K Kulasekara 76, A Singh 3/39, C Milind 2/41); Sri Lanka U19 2nd inn 264/9 in 92 overs (S Samarawickrama 88, T Sumanasiri 62, S Iyer 2/22, A Singh 2/38, C Milind 2/46)
End of Day 3: Sri Lanka U19 1st inn 235/5 in 104 overs (K Kulasekara 76*, M Bhanuka 56, R Mendis 14*, K Yadav 4/86)
End of Day 2: India U19 1st inn 503/7 decl. in 127 overs (V Zol 173, S Samson 89, SS Iyer 65, C Karunaratne 4/94), Sri Lanka U19 1st inn 24/1 in 16 overs (H Dumindu 10*, K Kulasekara 5*, Atul Singh 1/10)
End of Day 1: India U19 1st inn 333/2 in 90 overs (V Zol 129*, SV Samson 74*)