Batters propel Sri Lanka to beat Nepal in U19 Asia Cup

SHARJAH: Sri Lankan batters – Chamindu Wickramasinghe and Sadisha Rajapaksa, both scored centuries to help Sri Lanka beat Nepal by 60 runs in the ongoing Under-19 Asia Cup.

In the eighth match of the tournament, Sri Lankan captain, Dunith Wellalage won the toss and elected to bat first. The side, however, had an average start to their innings; losing their first wicket at a combined score of 39. Shevon Daniel dismissed after scoring 17.

Wickramasinghe and Rajapaksa, then partnered strongly; adding 223-runs to the team’s total. Both the batters scored terrific centuries and assisted their side to post a commendable total of 323/4 in the allotted 50 overs. Wickramasinghe scored 111 off 126 balls, including eight boundaries and two sixes.

Rajapaksa was even more impressive; scoring 131 for just 119 balls, and smashing 11 boundaries and two sixes. Wellalage played a handy cameo of 34 runs at the depth.

For Nepal, Mohammad Aadil Alam took two wickets, while Bibek Yadav and Dev Khanal each struck out a batter.

Chasing 324, the Nepal batters could not go big and were a touch too slow. Arjun Saud top-scored with 64 off 80 balls, laced with three boundaries and two sixes. Bibek, on the other hand, tried to turn things around, but, fell unlucky and was run-out. He scored a quickfire 46 off 29 balls, including three boundaries and as many sixes.

With a little to none contribution from the rest, Nepal, in the end, bowled for 262; losing the match by 60 runs.

For Sri Lanka, Matheesha Pathirana and Raveen de Silva each picked three wickets, while Wellalage and Daniel shared one wicket apiece.

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