U-19 Youth Asia Cup 2017 - Malaysia Pakistan beat SL by 3 wickets

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By 2017-11-14

In the final group stage match at Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Sri Lanka came off second best when Pakistan beat them by 3 wickets to book their place in the last four.

Batting first the Lankans were bowled out for a pathetic 141 in 49.4 overs. By the 20th over the Lankan lads were reeling at 41/6, but Ashen Bandara defended stoutly and with the help of the lower order batsmen raised the score to a somewhat respectable 141.

He top scored with 49 in 95 balls, while Kevin Koththigoda (20) and Nuwanidu Fernando (14) helped to consolidate. Pakistan bowlers Munir Riaz and Muhammad Musa formed a deadly combination and shared six wickets.

Pakistan were cruising with Rohail Nazir (48) and Mohammad Taha (31) leading the run chase, but a flurry of wickets fell when approaching the target, but got over the line in the 33rd over losing seven wickets. Praveen Jayawickrama (4/28) was the main wrecker.

Sri Lanka will now have to await the result of the game between Afghanistan and UAE which will decide their fate.

Scores-

Sri Lanka U19's: 141 in 49.4 overs (Ashen Bandara 49, Kevin Koththigoda 20, Muhammad Musa 3/25, Munir Riaz 3/30, Shaheen Afradi 2/19)

Pakistan U19's: 142/7 in 32.1 overs (Rohail Nazir 48, Mohammad Taha 31, Saad Khan 22, Praveen Jayawickrama 4/28)

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