U-19 World Cup: Sri Lanka beat Australia by 4 wickets on Monday in St Kitts.© ICC/Twitter
Sri Lanka on Monday defeated Australia by 4 wickets of their second match of the continuing U-19 World Cup on the Conaree Sports Club, Basseterre, St Kitts. Captain Dunith Wellalage placed on a inspiring efficiency with each bat and bowl as Sri Lanka gained the sport with ease. After placing Australia to bat first, the Sri Lankan skipper took 5 for 28 as Australia’s middle-order fully crumbled in St Kitts, earlier than they had been finally bowled out for a complete of 175.
Campbell Kellaway did rating a high-quality half-century however his knock of 54 wasn’t sufficient for Australia as remainder of the batters didn’t impress in opposition to a disciplined Sri Lanka bowling assault.
Chasing a goal of 176, Sri Lanka gained the sport with 4 wickets and 13 balls to spare as Wellalage capped-off a superb particular person efficiency by scoring a fifty (52).
Sri Lanka had been reeling at 49 for 4 at one level earlier than Wellalage and wicketkeeper Anjala Bandara acquired their run-chase again on monitor, including 70 runs for the fifth.
After their dismissals, Ranuda Somarathne chipped in with a helpful 32-run knock as Sri Lanka finally gained the sport with ease.
With this win, Sri Lanka retained the top-spot in Group D with two wins, whereas Australia are in third behind West Indies, who defeated Scotland within the different fixture.
Sri Lanka will now face the hosts West Indies of their closing group recreation on January 21 in St Kitts whereas Australia will face Scotland on January 19 in a bid to safe a spot within the subsequent spherical.
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