Sri Lanka Under-19 team made it to the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup beating Afghanistan Under-19 in the second semi-final on Friday by 31 runs Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka.
Sri Lanka Under-19 team made it to the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup beating Afghanistan Under-19 in the second semi-final on Friday by 31 runs Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka.

Sri Lanka Under-19 team made it to the final of the Under-19 Asia Cup beating Afghanistan Under-19 in the second semi-final on Friday by 31 runs Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka.

Sri Lanka will now face India in the final to be held on Sunday at the same venue. India made made it to the final beating Bangladesh Under 19 by two runs in the first semi-final.

After being put into the bat first, Sri Lanka were in all sorts of trouble at 0 for 2, which 16 fo3 3, with Afghanistan’s new-ball bowlers Abdul Rahman and Azmatullah Omarzai claiming three wickets between them.

However, Sri Lanka found their saviour in Nuwanidu Fernando who made 111 off 129 balls to anchor Sri Lanka.

Fernando forged 47-run stand for the fifth wicket with Kalana Perera (22) and then added 67 for the sixth wicket with skipper Nipun Dananjaya (27). Pasindu Sooriyabandara’s unbeaten 19 then helped Sri Lanka to 209 for 7 in 50 overs with Fernando out off the last ball of Sri Lanka’s innings. Rahman eventually finished with 3 for 42 in his nine overs.

In defence of the total, Afghanistan looked on course for a win with skipper Rahmanullah Gurbaz contributing 46 while one down batsman Basheer Khan made 27.

But after being at healthy 113 for 2, Afghanistan lost their last eight wickets for just 65 runs to be bowled out for 178. Ijaz made 37 down the order but Sri Lanka kept plugging away. Left-arm spinner  Shashika Dulshan claimed 4 for 24 in 9.3 overs while Kalhara Senarathne took 3 for 41 and Navod Paranavithana claimed 2 for 17.