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ACHA HAI! The Indian youth cricketers celebrate their win over Sri Lanka in style, with Reetendra Sodhi (centre). He who was the top scorer with 74 and took two vital wickets. Pix by Dunstan Wickremaratne.

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Lanka's unbeaten record shattered

Top order batsmen lacked the ability to concentrate

By Marlon Fernandopulle

Sri Lanka's unbeaten record in the Under 19 Youth World Cup was shattered when they were beaten by 41 runs at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. Chasing 243 to win the Lankans were bowled out for 201 in 45.4 overs.

Despite the loss, the home team qualified to meet Pakistan in the first semi final at the Galle Esplanade tomorrow (Monday) by virtue of their two victories in the Super League stage. India will take on Australia in the other semi final at the P Sara Stadium on Tuesday.

Although the Indian team looks a formidable outfit the Lankans have only themselves to blame for their loss yesterday. Their top order batsmen lacked the ability to concentrate and play a long innings when it was needed most. Captain Malintha Gajanayake ,vice captain Thilina Kandambi and allrounder Pushpakumara, of whom much was expected, were dismissed whilst playing irresponsible strokes.The Lankans were also guilty of not attacking sufficiently when the visitors had their backs to the wall at 75 for 3.

The visitors who batted first were helped by a fighting 74 from middle order batsmen Reetender Sodhi.Sodhi added 49 for the fourth wicket with Yuveraj Singh(36) and 89 for the 5 th wicket with Niraj Patel(43) to help the Indians to reach 242 for 7 wickets in 50 overs.For the Lankans Left arm leg spinner Ranil Dhammika bowled best to claim 4 for 43.

Needing to score 5 runs an over the Lankans were soon in trouble loosing openers Weeraratne and Daniels cheeaply.



M. Sharma c Nissanka b Ganegama 11

R. Ricky c Pushpakumara b Dhammika 32

M. Kaif c Kandamby b Dhammika 12

Y. Singh st Peiris b Pushpakumara 36

R. Sodhi run out 74

N. Patel c Nissanka b Dhammika 43

V. Rao not out 14

M. Tripathy c Weeraratne b Dhammika 00

A. Ratra not out 6

Extras(lb-1,w-8,nb-5) 15

Total: (for 7 wkts in 50 overs) 242

Fall of Wickets: 20, 51, 74, 123, 212, 234, 235

Bowling: P Nissanka 5-1-19-0 A Ganegama 6-0-27-1 K Weeraratne 3-0-20-0 R Dhammika 10-1-43-4 M Pushpakumara 10-0-38-1 K Lokuarachchi 7-0-35-0 I Daniels 1-0-5-0 J Mubaraq 8-0-54-0

Sri Lanka

K Weeraratne lbw b Tripathy 6

I Daniels c Ricky b Tripathy 14

J Mubaraq c Sodhi b Srivastawa 30

T Kandambi c Singh b Rao 4

M Gajanayake c Ratra b Sodhi 16

M Pushpakumara c Srivastawa b Sodhi 11

R Pieris st Ratra b Kaif 61

K Lokuarachchi b Singh 30

R Dhammika c & b Kaif 2

A Ganegama not out 14

P Nissanka b Kaif 01

Extras: (w-7,lb-3,nb2) 12

Total: (all out in 45.4 overs) 201

Fall of Wickets: 9,44,56,76,76,106,163,167,197,201

Bowling: S Srivastar 8-0-49-1 M Tripathy 6-0-19-2 V Rao 5-2-17-1 R Sodhi 7-0-22-2 A Dave 4-0-25-0 Y Singh 8-1-38-1 Kaif 7.4-1-29-3

Welsford puts Aussies on top

By Krishan Francis

A superb all-round performance by Tim Welsford (30 and 5 for 23) helped Australia to gain a crushing 69-run win over New Zealand in an Under-19 World Cup super league cricket match at the De Soysa Park in Moratuwa yesterday.

Australia with this win moved ahead of West Indies and will now meet India in the second semi final at the P.Saravanamuttu Stadium on Tuesday.

Australians who came into the game with a 'must win' situation rose to the occasion in fine style and outplayed the Kiwis. Aussies who were dismissed for a modest 122 came up with good fightback to skittle out New Zealand for 53.

The Aussies won the toss and took first lease on a bowler friendly wicket which stayed the same way throughout the match, were dismissed for 122 in 42.2 overs

Tim Welsford came up with a good display with the bat to make a top score of 30 which was made in 41 deliveries. E. Cowan made 28.

For the Kiwis left arm pace bowler J. Franklyn bowled a brilliant spell to capture four wickets giving away 18 runs. N. Macullum took two wickets giving away 16 runs

New Zealand chasing a modest target of 123, lost three wickets for three runs and never recovered from this shocking start which saw them being bowled out for a paltry 53.

In the New Zealand innings there were only two batsmen who entered double figures.They were B. McCullum with a top score of 12 not out and L.Morgan 11.

Right arm fast bowler Tim Welsford was the 'wrecker' in the New Zealand innings when he captured five wickets giving away 23 runs. Right arm off spinner Nethan Hauritz supported Welsford well by capturing two wickets for 16 runs.

There were 11 LBW decisions in the game with seven of them against New Zealand.



S.Marsh lbw b J. Franklyn 5

E.Cowan lbw b T.Robin 28

M.J Clarke bowled J.Franklyn 4

A.B Mc Donald bowled N.Mac Cullum 13

S. Watson ct J.How b G.Hayne 4

N.Hauritz ct J.Mc Namee b N Mc Cullum 9

T.Welsford ct J.How b G.Forge 30

L.Buchanan lbw J.Franklyn 5

A. O'Brien ct J.How b A.Forge 0

C Hartley lbw b J. Franklyn 6

P.Rofe not out 0

Extras: (lb-2, nb-3, wd-13) 18

Total : (in 42.2 overs) 122

Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-34, 3-62, 4-62, 5-73, 6-82, 7-92, 8-101, 9-122,10-122.

Bowling: T.Robin 8- 0- 30- 1; J.Franklyn;8.2- 1-18-4; G.Irwin 10- 0-30-0; N.McCullum;10- 3- 16-2, G. Hayne 3-0 -12-0; A.Forge 3 -0 -14- 2

New Zealand

L.Morgan lbw b T.Welsford 11

J.How lbw P.Rofe 0

N.Horsley lbw b T.Welsford 1

J.Mc Namee lbw b T.Welsford 0

J.Franklyn lbw b T.Welsford 5

G.Irwin ct M. Clarke b T.Welsford 4

B.McCullum not out 12

N.McCullum ct C.Hatley b P.Rofe 3

G.Forge lbw S.Watson 4

G.Hayne ct A.McDonald b N.Hauritz 4

T.Robin lbw b N.Hauritz 0

Extras: (lb-4, nb-2,wd-3) 9

Total: (all out in 27 overs) 53

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-19, 5-19,6-21, 7-28, 8-34, 9-44, 10-53.

Bowling: P.Rofe 10-0-16-2;T.Welsford;10-1-23-5; N.Hauritz 4-1-5-2; S.Watson 2-0-3-1; A.O'Brien 1-1-0-0

Handsome win for Pakistan

By Bernie Wijesekera

Amidst blue skies and ideal conditions, the Pakistan juniors displayed allround superiority to outplay the West Indies by three wickets in an exciting quarter-final match in the Under 19 Youth World Cup match at the CCC Grounds yesterday.

Both teams played their hearts out but the Pakistanis, the unbeaten team in the Super League, were assured of a place in the last four with a better run-rate, even if they had lost the match to the Caribbean team.

With this superb win Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in one of the semi-finals at the Galle Esplanade tomorrow (Monday, January 24).

Pakistan led by Test batsman Hassan Raza won the toss and invited the Windies to bat first on a pitch where there was some bounce and movement in the early part of the morning. This helped the seam bowlers. The Windies lost the first wicket at six.

Opener Parchment, was joined by Wilkinson. The pair playing watchful cricket added 36 runs for the second wicket before Parchment was run out for 17.

Zahid Zaeed, the left-arm fast bowler, extracting much lift, bowled with hostility to contain the batsmen. Wilkinson fell to leg spinner Kaneria for 29 (with three fours). Kaneira picked another wicket - Windies were struggling at this stage with the top ordergone at 86 for five.

At this stage skipper Rayan Hinds joined Chattergoon, repaired the innings in a gritty 84-run stand for the sixth wicket. Both batsmen, batting with assurance against a varied Pakistani attack, backed by good fielding.

Saeed, coming in for his second spell wrought havoc. The bowler was not only quick, but probed the batsmen with fine variation. Hinds fell for 32 - his first victim (made in 56 balls) and Chattergoon for an attractive 42 (with four fours in 58 balls). Eventually the Windies were bowled out for 182. Zahid Saeed returned fine figures of 4 for 27.

Pakistan after losing two early wickets gave a fine exhibition of attacking stroke-play.


West Indies

B. Parchment run out 7

C. Lopez b Sami 0

K. Wilkinson st Parhat b Kaneria 29

N. Deomarine c and b Kaneria 3

M. Samuels c Parhat b Zaidi 7

Rayan Hinds cSami b Saeed 32

S. Chattergoon c Parhat b Saeed 42

C. Alexander bArafat 2

A. Richardson not out 6

G. Francis bSaeed 1

J. Lawson c Raza b Saeed 0

Extras: (b-8,lb-1, wides-18, nb-12) 34

Total: (all out in 50 overs) 182

Fall: 6, 42, 74, 86, 86, 170, 171, 176, 176, 182, 182,

Bowling: Zahid Saeed 10-1-27-4; M. Sami 5-0-31-1; J. Khan 7-1-35-1; D. Kaneriai 10-1-20-2; A. Zaidi 6-0-23-1; T. Omar 3-0-11-0.

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Imran Nazir b Lopez 6

T.Umar c Lopez b R. Hinds 65

A. Zaidi c (sub) b Z. Ali 2

Hassan Raza c M. Samuels b Lawson 22

Faizal Iqbal not out 67

J. Khan lbw b Hinds 0

Y. Arafat c Deomarine b Hinds 0

H. Parhat c Deomarine b Hinds 0

Z. Saeed not out 4

Extras: (b-1, lb-5, nb-5, widers-8) 19

Total: (for 7 wkts in 43.1 overs) 185

Fall: 12, 25, 54, 170, 171, 173, 173.

Bowling: A. Richardson 8-0-33-1; C. Lopez 4-0-25-1; J. Lawson 7-0-40-1; M. Samuels 10-1-29-0; Rayan Hinds 7-0-19-4

Nepal go down fighting to England

By Leonard Ratnayake

England salvaged some of their pride when they scored a 64 runs win over Nepal in an under-19 super league cricket match Moors grounds yesterday.

England crashed out of the semis after being beaten by Sri Lanka and India. Ian Pattison with a brilliant 97 off 124 balls made this win possible for the Englishmen.

Although this game was of academic interest Nepal chasing 261 gave some scary moments for England before going down by 64 runs.

England taking first lease of the wicket made 260 in their allotted 50 overs thanks to Pattison's innings of 97 runs which included nine boundaries. Pattison was involved in two fruitful partnerships. He put on 51 runs for the fifth wicket with Gary Pratt then followed it up with a sixth wicket stand of 65 runs with Tim Phillips which saw them reaching their final tally. For Nepal the pick of the bowlers were Aamir Akhtar with 3 for 57 and Binod Das with 2 for 42.

Nepal chasing a formidable target of 261 runs went down fighting by taking on the English bowlers to score 196.

Paras Lunia top scored with 37 runs and was invloved in a 57-run alliance with Mehaboob Alam for the 8th wicket which saw Nepal go down with a blaze of glory

England - 260/7 in 50 overs (Ian Pattison 97, Gary Pratt 51, Tim Phillips 26; Aamir Akhtar 3 for 57, Binod Dass 2 for 42).

Nepal - 196 all out in 46.3 overs (Paras Lunia 37 not out, Virendra Shah 32, Aamir Akhtar 27; Graeme Bridge 3/28, Justin Bishop 3 for 39, Tim Phillips 2 for 42).


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