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Sri Lanka U-19 shows true grit to beat Pakistan

Kamil Mishara: Most successful batsman scored three half centuries
Kamil Mishara: Most successful batsman scored three half centuries

Sri Lanka Under-19 cricket coach Hashan Tillekaratne said he was proud of his team that went on to beat Pakistan U-19 by 3-2 in the five match one-day series in Hambantota this week.

“We take lots of positives out of the Pakistan under 19 one day match series and will use this as a platform to build up for upcoming assignments’ said Tillekaratne.

Pakistan under 19 team won the series 3-2 in this five match series played at Mahinda Rajapaksha International cricket Stadium Hambantota.

“We wanted to get match practice for the next Asian Cup before the most important U-19 Youth World Cup. That’s why we used this series to take a look at all the players of the current under 19 pool which has 21 players in order to prepare for the upcoming tours.

Nipun Dhannjaya was captain the side for first three matches while Kamil Mishara gave the leadership for last two matches which Tillekeratne said proved to be useful in grooming future captains.

and our objective is to give leadership qualities for another player and it was successful added Tillekaratna the dedicated coach for under 19 players .

Navod Paranavithana and Kamil Mishara did well with the bat scoring half centuries in the first game while leg spinner Dilum Sudeera was the most successful bowler 3 for 48.

Another batsman Avishka Tharindu scored a half century in the second match while opener Kamil Mishara once again top scored 73. Mishara also scored 87 in the third match while Ravidu Rashantha made 85.

Thavisha Abhishek 64 and Avishka Tharindu also hit half tons.

According to Tillekaratne the Sri Lankan players showed good fighting spirit to come from behind 1-2 and win the series 3-2.

“For some players it was the very first time they were tested in the international arena and that was very important before the under-19 World Cup and I think this series was a good exposure for them,” added Tillekaratne.