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Amshi plays a different role, Lohan guides Dharmasoka



Under-19 Cricket

by Reemus Fernando

Richmond and Royal topped their respective groups with convincing wins, Sri Lanka Under-19 paceman Amshi de Silva played a crucial batting role for Richmond, Dharmasoka witnessed, not for the first time, skipper Lohan de Zoysa producing match winning all-round performances as Under-19 Division I Limited Overs Tournament Tier ‘A’ and ‘B’ matches continued on Tuesday.

Richmond and Royal joined Mahanama as only unbeaten teams in Tier ‘A’ as both teams recorded their third consecutive wins yesterday.

Chasing 182 runs to win Richmond were 62 for four wickets at one stage when skipper Amshi de Silva came up with his best batting effort so far, an unbeaten 65 runs to record three wickets victory against Nalanda.

For Royal, Kavindu Pathirathnna scored unbeaten 43 runs before picking up three wickets to trouble the home team. He gave away just 19 runs in his ten overs as Royal contained De Mazenod to 173 for eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Lohan de Zoysa picked up five wickets before cracking an unbeaten 40 to lead Dharmasoka to victory.

At Kurunegala, the batting openers of St. Joseph’s and St. Anne’s posted partnerships over 100 runs in their respective innings. That will be a huge positive for the lowest placed teams in Group ‘Y’.



Tier A

Richmond beat Nalanda at Galle


181 all out in 48.3 overs (Vinuja Ranpul 63, Lisura Sigera 23; Kalpa Nethsara 2/18, Tharinda Nirmal 2/36, Nalaka Jayawardana 3/28)


185 for 7 in 43.4 overs (Kavindu Nirmana 24, Lisura Sigera Hansamana de Silva 42, Amshi de Silva 65n.o., Tharinda Nirmal 21; Lisura Sigera 3/19)


St. Joseph’s beat St. Anne’s

at Kurunegala

St. Anne’s

206 for 7 in 50 overs (Dilhara Deshabandu 58, Thrimalsha Silva 57, Kavindu Ekanayake 28, Bimsara Kalhara 26n.o.; Lahiru Amarasekara 2/19, Dunith Wellalage 2/31)

St. Joseph’s

207 for 4 in 44.5 overs (Sadeesh Jayawardana 43, Sheran Fonseka 85, Shevon Daniel 39, Dunith Wellalage 22n.o.; Manaan Muzammil 2/35)


Royal beat De Mazenod at Kandana


227 for 8 in 50 overs (Ashen Gamage 30, Isiwara Dissanayaka 72, Ahan Wickramasinghe 19, Kavindu Pathirathnna 43n.o.; Chanuka Silva 2/42, Pramod Rajamunindra 2/33, Senash Fernando 3/44)

De Mazenod

173 for 8 in 50 overs (Ruveen Fonseka 57, Senash Fernando 26, Chanuka Silva 31n.o.; Kavindu Pathirathnna 3/19, Gishan Balasooriya 2/27, Sadeesha Rajapaksha 2/17)


Tier B

Dharmasoka beat St. Sylvester’s

at Lake View

St. Sylvester’s

126 all out in 41.3 overs (Sadeepa Halangoda 38, Lohan de Zoysa 5/23)


129 for 6 in 32.3 overs (Sasindu Malshan 20, Lohan de Zoysa 40n.o.)


St. Joseph Vaz beat Maris Stella

at Panagoda

Maris Stella

157 all out in 47.5 overs (Chemindu Weerawansa 75n.o., Sahan Dulara 20; Kaushan Wijerarthne 2/36, Achintha Deshan 4/23, Menusha Perera 2/26)

St. Joseph Vaz

160 for 2 in 25.2 overs (Chamath Fernando 51, Pasindu Dasanayake 44, Tharusha Fernando 36)

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Ibrahim 98 trumps Asalanka 91 as Afghanistan go 1-0 up




Powered by a run a ball 98 by Ibrahim Zadran and 55 off 80 balls by Rahmat Shah, Afghanistan registered a six wicket win with 19 balls to spare in the first of the three match ODI series against Sri Lanka played at Sooriyawewa today (02).

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 268 in 50 overs (Pathum Nissanka 38, Charith Asalanka 91, Dhananjaya de Silva 1, Dushan hemantha 22; Fazalhaq Faarooqi 2-58, Fareed Ahmad 2-43) lost to Afghanistan 269/4 in 46.5 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 98, Rahmat Shah 55, Hashmatullah Shahidi 38, Mohammad Nabi 27* ; Kasun Rajitha 2-49) by six wickets

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Charith Asalanka 91, Dhananjaya de Silva fifty set Afghanistan 269 in first ODI




Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva added 99 for the fifth wicket (Cricinfo)
Afghanistan’s seamers struck with the new ball, and closed out the innings efficiently with the old one, but Charith Asalanka’s  91 and Dhananjaya de Silva’s 51 pushed Sri Lanka to a competitive total. Their 268 all out left one ball unused, as four wickets fell in the last two overs of the innings.
Fazalhaq Farooqi made the first incisions, dismissing opener Dimuth Karunaratne and No. 3 Kusal Mendis inside the first nine overs, though he would go on to bowl some expensive spells later, finishing with an economy rate of 6.44. Fareed Ahmad also took two wickets – that of Angelo Mathews in the 15th over, and of debutant Dushan Hemantha at the death.
Everyone else – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Nabi, and Azmatullah Omarzai – took one wicket apiece. While Noor went for runs, Mujeeb and Nabi kept a lid on the scoring through Sri Lanka’s middle overs. Omarzai bowled the last over, in which Sri Lanka mustered only four runs but lost three wickets – two of them to run-outs.
Having come to the crease at 61 for 3, Asalanka had a jittery start. He survived a caught-behind review off the sixth ball he faced, before getting into his work, hitting three fours off successive overs. Asalanka was proactive – though not quite aggressive – by picking up singles as he awaited Afghanistan’s errors.
When Dhananjaya joined him at the other end, he too batted at a similar tempo. The early fall of wickets – Sri Lanka had been 84 for 4 when these two came together – did not allow either batter to free his arms. They progressed without any fuss through the middle overs – Asalanka prospered through midwicket and cover, while Dhananjaya found boundaries behind square on the off side, though he also played the legside flick effectively.
Asalanka got to his fifty with consecutive fours off Mujeeb in the 36th over, reaching the milestone off the 57th ball he faced. Dhananjaya got there next over, off his 56th ball. But he was soon bowled by the canny Nabi, who slid one quickly underneath the batter’s attempted sweep shot.
The pair’s 99-run stand had delivered Sri Lanka to the doorstep of the death overs, but Asalanka had only stinting support once Dhananjaya fell at the start of the 38th over. Dasun Shanaka managed only 17, before Noor – his Gujarat Titans team-mate at the IPL – sneaked one into his off stump. Hemantha then struck the only six of the innings – that came as late as the penultimate over – high over cow corner, but was out for 22 off 20 balls.
Two overs out, Sri Lanka were 256 for 6, with a total of 280 not out of reach. But they fell meekly after that, Asalanka getting himself run-out attempting to take a bye to start the final over, after Hemantha had holed out to mid-off three balls earlier.
Brief scores (Innings break) :
Sri Lanka 268 (Asalanka 91, Dhananjaya 51, Fareed 2-43) vs Afghanistan
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Angelo and Dimuth will be crucial moving forward – Dasun 



Star batsman Angelo Mathews in conversation with consultant coach Mahela Jayawardena yesterday at Suriyawewa.

Rex Clementine
at Suriyawewa  

Sri Lanka white ball captain Dasun Shanaka has welcomed the return of seniors Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne to the ODI team after they were sidelined with the selectors launching their youth policy two years ago. While Mathews returned to the fea in New Zealand, Karunaratne will feature in the three match ODI series against Afghanistan starting at Suriyawewa today (Friday).

“It’s good to have Angelo and Dimuth back in the squad. Their experience is vital. We already had Angelo in New Zealand and now we have Dimuth adding depth. We looked at a lot of youngsters in the last couple of years and that’s why they missed out. Their presence makes our side stronger now,” Shanaka told journalists.

“This series we are targeting mostly for qualifiers. So, we will use a few combinations to get things right. We are looking to use three quicks for the game,” Shanaka added.

Leg-spinner Dushan Hemantha and quick Matheesha Pathirana are set to make their debuts today. While Pathirana has featured in a T-20I, Hemantha is uncapped. He will come in for Wanindu Hasaranga, who is nursing a foot injury.

Afghanistan themselves have injury concerns with star leg-spinner Rashid Khan ruled out with a lower back injury. He will miss the first two ODIs.

“Rashid has a back issue. So, hoping he recovers quickly. Looks like he will miss the first two games. He is our main bowler. He is our superstar, but it’s important that we keep him fresh for the Asia Cup and World Cup,” Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghanistan captain said.

Afghanistan have already qualified for the World Cup and will be using this series as preparation for the game’s showpiece event. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will try and get their combination right for the World Cup qualifiers.

“This series will be a sort of preparation for us. Conditions in India and Sri Lanka are the same, so we are looking forward for it,” Hashmatullah added.

Sri Lanka Squad:

Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Kusal Mendis (Vice-Captain) (WK), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama (WK), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha 

Afghanistan Squad:

Hashmatullah Shahidi (Captain), Rahmat Shah (Vice-Captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhail (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujib ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Abdul Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Farid Ahmad Malik.  

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