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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sri Lanka spins out England and cruises into Semi Final to face India but Fernando misses century


Fernando misses century as Sri Lanka sets up semi-final date with India

·       England bowled out for 184 after Hasaranga's three for 34

·       Pakistan plays the West Indies in last quarter-final in Fatullah on Monday




Avishka Fernando hit 95 off 96 balls after Wanidu Hasanranga grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with an impressive six-wicket win over England in Mirpur on Sunday.

In an excellent all-round performance, Sri Lanka dismissed the strong England batting for 184 and then surpassed the modest target in the 36th over.

Sri Lanka will take on India in the first semi-final in Mirpur on Tuesday. The second semi-final on Thursday will feature host Bangladesh against the winner of Monday's Pakistan-West Indies match.

This is only the third time Sri Lanka has reached the semi-final of this tournament since its inception in 1988. In the home event in 2000, it reached the final where it lost to Mohammad Kaif's India, while in 2010 in New Zealand, Sri Lanka reached the last four and finished in fourth position.

England failed to match its earlier run-feast in Group C where it raked up totals of 371 for three against Fiji, 282 for seven against the West Indies and 288 for four against Zimbabwe.

Callum Taylor top-scored with 42 after England won the toss and elected to bat, but the rest of the batting fell apart against the sustained pressure applied by the Sri Lanka bowlers.

Leg-spinner Hasaranga finished with three wickets for 34 runs after seamer Asitha Fernando had wrecked the start with two dismissals.

Sri Lanka made a breezy start to its reply, racing to 51 for no loss in eight overs before the lunch break, with Fernando contributing 35 of those runs.

Kaveen Bandara helped Fernando put on 76 for the first wicket by the 14th over when he was run out for 22.

Fernando hit 11 boundaries and a six to steer Sri Lanka towards an emphatic win before he was caught behind off Saqib Mahmood when just 14 runs were needed for victory in 17 overs.

Skipper Charith Asalanka, who put on 69 for the third wicket with Fernando, fell for 34 soon after, but Sri Lanka cruised home easily.


Asalanka said he was delighted to see his team bounce back after losing to Pakistan in the last league match.

"We had not batted well against Pakistan, so it was important to settle down and build big scores, which is what Avishka was able to do today," he said.

"But the bowlers won us the game today. We bowled well and fielded very well too. But the plus point is that we have improved our batting."

Asalanka said Sri Lanka will test India with spin in the semi-final.

"We know India players are good facing spin, but spin is our strength and we will stick to that," he said. "We are confident of doing well in the semi-final."

England captain Brad Taylor said he was disappointed to lose after his team did so well in the league stage.

"I genuinely believe we had an off-day," said Taylor. "You have days when it does not come off. I think Sri Lanka played very well, but on another day, we would back ourselves.

"We expected Sri Lanka to rely on spin, but the batsmen did not stay long enough to build partnerships. We had come here to win the tournament, so obviously we are very disappointed."

In the Plate Championship play-off in Cox's Bazar, Ireland defeated Canada by six wickets to ensure it does not finish amongst the bottom two in the 16-nation tournament.

Rory Anders took four for 21 as Ireland bowled Canada out for 139 and then coasted home in the 35th over with Jack Tector and Stephen Doheny scoring 33 runs each. Gary McClintock remained unbeaten on 31.


Scores in brief:

Super League quarter-final: Sri Lanka beats England by six wickets in Mirpur
England 184 all out, 49.2 overs (Callum Taylor 42, Ben Green 26; Wanidu Hasaranga 3-34, Asitha Fernando 2-16)
Sri Lanka 186-4, 35.4 overs (Avishka Fernando 95, Charith Asalanka 34)


Plate Championship play-off: Ireland beats Canada by six wickets in Cox's Bazar
Canada 139 all out, 48.2 overs (Arslan Khan 47; Rory Anders 4-21)
Ireland 142-4, 34.3 overs (Jack Tector 33, Stephen Doheny 33, Gary McClintock 31 not out)


Forthcoming Super League quarter-finals:
8 Feb – Pakistan v West Indies, Fatullah

Semi-final line-up:
9 Feb – India v England, Mirpur
11 Feb – Bangladesh v Pakistan/West Indies, Mirpur

Plate Championship (play/offs):
8 Feb - South Africa v Zimbabwe, Cox's Bazar; Scotland v Fiji, Cox's Bazar
9 Feb - New Zealand v Afghanistan, Cox's Bazar


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ICC U19 CWC : Pakistan tops Group B after beating Sri Lanka #U19CWC




Pakistan tops Group B after beating Sri Lanka

·         Hasan Mohsin stars with 86 and two wickets in 23-run win

·         Pakistan meet the West Indies in fourth quarter-final on 8 February

·         Namibia face India in second quarter-final in Fatullah on Saturday

·         Sri Lanka take on England on 7 February


Pakistan rode on a fine all-round performance by Hasan Mohsin to defeat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in the last league match and top Group B in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Mohsin top-scored with 86 and then rattled Sri Lanka with two early wickets as Pakistan fought back after being dismissed for 212 to bowl its rival out for 189 in Mirpur.

Pakistan will take on the West Indies in the fourth quarter-final in Fatullah on 8 February. Sri Lanka, which finished second in the group, meets England on 7 February in Mirpur.
Pakistan's total was built around Mohsin's attractive run-a-ball innings which was studded with eight hits to the fence and a six.

Pakistan was struggling at 96-4 after being sent in to bat on a hazy morning when Mohsin stepped in to stem the rot with a 61-run stand for the fifth wicket with Salman Fayyaz (33).
Mohsin, who was on 61 at the fall of the seventh wicket, smashed 23 runs in the 47th over bowled by seamer Asitha Fernando which included five runs for an overthrow.

Moshin was bowled in the next over, trying to reverse sweep left-arm spinner Damitha Silva, who finished with two wickets for 41 runs.
Thilan Nimesh and Wanidu Hasaranga also claimed two wickets each, but ambidextrous 17-year-old Kamindu Mendis caught the eye with his rare talent to bowl both right-arm off-breaks and left-arm spin.

Mendis gave away 21 runs in four wicketless overs.

Mohsin, who was later named man of the match, stung early in Sri Lanka's reply, grabbing the first two wickets by the sixth over with his medium-pace bowling.
Sri Lanka was reduced to 63-4 before Mendis, who bats left-handed, scored 68 and Vishad Randika made 46 while adding 84 for the fifth wicket.
Pakistan kept the pressure on the batsmen to clinch victory in the 47th over as leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with three for 31 runs. Sameen Gul, Mohsin and Ahmad Shafiq shared six wickets between them.

Pakistan captain Zeeshan Malik said defeating Sri Lanka had lifted the team's morale for the quarter-final against the West Indies.

"I think we played very good cricket today, both with the bat and ball," he said. "Mohsin was very good but all the bowlers did well.

"We look forward to our quarter-final and hopefully we will go beyond that as well."

Sri Lanka's captain Charith Asalanka blamed the defeat on the batsmen's inability to string partnerships, but said his team did not fear England.

"The batting went wrong today," he said. "The top order batsmen couldn't score runs and form partnerships. Mendis and Randika had a good stand but we couldn't do our job in the end.

"England is a good side. We played each other in December. But I think the conditions will support us. Our spinners are in good form, so I think this will be an advantage for us."
  
Scores in brief:

   Group B - Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in Mirpur
   Pakistan 212 all, 48.4 overs (Hasan Mohsin 86, Salman Fayyaz 33; Damitha Silva 2-41, Thilan Nimesh 2-38, Wanidu Hasaranga 2-30)
   Sri Lanka 189 all out, 46.4 overs (Kamindu Mendis 68, Vishad Randika 46; Shadab Khan 3-31, Sameen Gul 2-29, Hasan Mohsin 2-28, Ahmad Shafiq 2-23)

Thursday's matches:
    4 Feb - South Africa v Ireland; New Zealand v Scotland, Cox's Bazaar
Quarter-finals (Super League)
  5 Feb - Bangladesh v Nepal, Mirpur
  6 Feb - India v Namibia, Fatullah
  7 Feb - England v Sri Lanka, Mirpur
  8 Feb - Pakistan v West Indies, Fatullah

Quarter-finals (Plate Championship):
 5 Feb - Afghanistan v Fiji; Canada v Zimbabwe, Cox's Bazaar


Points table
Group A

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points

Bangladesh
3
3
0
+2.15
6

Namibia
3
2
1
+0.03
4
South Africa
3
1
2
-0.02
2
Scotland
3
0
3
-2.35
0

Group B

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
Pakistan
3
3
0
+0.97
6
Sri Lanka
3
2
1
+1.37
4
Afghanistan
3
1
2
-0.06
2
Canada
3
0
3
-2.64
0

Group C

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
England
3
3
0
+3.26
6
West Indies
3
2
1
+1.35
4
Zimbabwe
3
1
2
-0.03
2
Fiji
3
0
3
-5.15
0

Group D

Team
Played
Won
Lost
NNR
Points
India
3
3
0
+2.58
6
Nepal
3
2
1
+0.03
4
New Zealand
3
1
2
-0.81
2
Ireland
3
0
3
-1.70
0

      Top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League stage while the bottom two sides will feature in the Plate Championship



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