Bangladesh U19 edges out Sri Lanka U19 in a thriller by 10 Runs

Bangladesh has been unstoppable in this tournament and extended their winning run versus Sri Lanka in this crucial 10-run win yet the match turned out to be a thriller. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Shorna Akter and Dilara. PC: Getty Images
Shorna Akter and Dilara. PC: Getty Images

Batting first, Bangladesh posted a competitive 165/2. Afia Prottasha led the charge and was instrumental in the partnership with Misty Shaha doing the bulk of the runs scoring. Bangladesh was looking solid and till the 10th over scored briskly but losing Prottasha for 53 and the run out in the same over of Shaha shook the Bangladesh batting but with the dynamic duo of Dilara Akter and Shorna Akter stitching a commendable partnership and ringing in scores of 36 off 26 and 50 off 28 respectively, Bangladesh scored a decent 165. The Sri Lankan bowlers did not have the best of the days with the ball as all the bowlers had economy rates soaring above 7 except Vidushika Perera who was consistent with her line and lengths.

Sri Lanka got off to a rough start losing opener Nethmi Senarathna for 0 in just the fourth ball of the innings and in the 3rd over lost Sumudu Nisansala as Disha Biswas got the better of them. Vishmi Gunaratne and Dewmi Vihanga were then instrumental in rebuilding the Sri Lankan run chase. Once the latter was dismissed albeit an LBW by Marufa Akter; Manudi Nanayakkara’s run out again brought some panic in the chase but a brilliant 12 off 3 by Dulanga Dissanayake coupled with the solid 60 off 44 by skipper Vismi Gunaratne was not enough for Sri Lanka as Bangladesh pulled off a 10 runs win. This win consolidated Bangladesh’s position at the table at the top of the table. Afia Prottasha for her knock of 53 was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’.

Brief Scores: BAN 165/2 (A Prottasha 53, S Akter 50; R Nethranjali 1/30) defeated SL 155/4 (V Gunaratne 60, D Vihanga 55; M Akter 2/19) by 10 runs

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