Hasitha Boyagoda emerged man of the hour to steer Sri Lanka to an easy win in the all-important Plate finals of the ongoing ICC U19 World Cup at Lincoln. Sri Lanka U19 won the final with three wickets and a couple of balls to spare.
Sri Lanka failed to qualify to play in the knockouts after losing to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the group stages of the tournament. However, the two defeats were narrow and it could have gone either way.
Instead of opting to surrender, Kamindu Mendis’ side bounced back to win every other game and eventually the final to take the plate championship. Hasitha Boyagoda after his record breaking stand against Kenya, got to another well constructed ton against the West Indies.
Afterall, the tournament was not much of a bad outing for Sri Lanka U19.
Match report (Sri Lanka v West Indies)
The West Indians were put to bat first and Alick Athanaze’s ton followed by a couple of thirties steered the side to a formidable 254 for 5 in the given 50 overs. Athanaze made a run a ball 110 and remained unbeaten at the end of the innings.
For Sri Lanka, Praveen Jayawickrama and Nipun Malinga bagged two wickets each.
In response, a 218 run opening stand between Hasitha Boyagoda and Dhananjaya Lakshan carried Sri Lanka close to the target. But, a shocking collapse slid the game down the wire, creating a lot of panic in the dugout. Somehow, Rashmika and Weerasinghe carried SL U19 to victory in the last over.
Hasitha Boyagoda was adjudged player of the final.
ICC U19 – Semi Finals
Australia and India got the better of Afghanistan and Pakistan to make it to the all-important finals of the ICC u19 World Cup earlier today.
The Aussies dismissed Afghanistan for 181 and chased the target with 6 wickets and over 13 overs to spare.
Meanwhile, India thrashed Pakistan to win by 211 runs.
Team India will take on Australia in the all-important finals of the U19 World Cup on the 3rd of February 2018.
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