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West Indies U19s Miss Out On Final Berth After Loss To Sri Lanka

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A commanding batting and bowling performance by Sri Lanka powered them to a comfortable 130 run victory over West Indies, on day six action of Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

Captain Nipun Dananjaya with an unbeaten 91 not out (98 balls, 2×4, 6×6) alongside spin bowling duo Dilum Sudheera (6-1-10-3) and Kavindu Nadeeshan (6.4-0-17-4), combined to aid Sri Lanka posting the highest total of the Tri-Series and eventually ending West Indies chances of securing a place in the final on December 21st.

Today’s encounter was the first played at the Coolidge Cricket Ground for the competition and it commenced with West Indies winning the toss and electing to let their form bowlers and have a crack at the Sri Lankan batsmen. 

When off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh (10-1-42-2) bowled Sonal Dinusha (8) to leave Sri Lanka limping along at 95/6 in the 27th over, the toss decision to bowl first was seemingly going to plan.

However, Sri Lanka’s Captain Dananjaya led the fight back with a 67 run seventh-wicket partnership with Dilum Sudheera (27) which enabled the visitors to post a challenging total.

West Indies were unable to utilize the final four overs from left-arm medium pacer Ramon Simmonds after he left the field due to an injury. Dananjaya took advantage of this, hitting Joshua James for four of his six sixes in final three overs of the innings. 

In reply West Indies openers Kimani Melius and Mbeki Joseph started circumspect but solidly for the first 14 overs giving early hope that achieving the target was possible.

Off-spinner Sudheera fresh off his effort with the bat would make two major strikes in the 15th over to dent these hopes, dismissing Melius and Leonardo Julien in consecutive deliveries and the West Indies chase faltered after this double blow. 

“Once again our bowlers got us into a good position, when we restricted Sri Lanka to 95/6 but we weren’t able to hammer home that good position due a combination of the injury to Ramon Simmons and excellent batting by the Sri Lanka captain”, said West Indies U19 coach Graeme West.

He continued: “A little bit of application at the top of the order from (Kimani) Melius and (Mbeki) Joseph which was good to see, but need to keep working hard to address our weak areas, especially playing slow bowling. It’s an area we have talked about and worked on a lot, but we are still coming up a bit short.”

Asked if the result is a cause for concern ahead of World Cup West said: 

“We can only keep working with the players that we have. The players are aware of where they need to get better and I’m sure the more opportunities they get against this quality (opposition), we will get the progress that we are looking for.”

WEST INDIES RISING STARS U19 TRI- SERIES SCHEDULE

All matches take place in Antigua, starting at 9.00am

Fri, 6th Dec 2019:

ODI 1 – West Indies v England

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

Sun, 8th Dec 2019:

ODI 2 – West Indies v England

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

Tues, 10th Dec 2019

ODI 3 – West Indies v Sri Lanka

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

ODI 4 – England v Sri Lanka

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

Thu, 12th Dec 2019

ODI 5 – West Indies v England

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

Sat, 14th Dec 2019

ODI 6 – West Indies v Sri Lanka

Coolidge Cricket Ground

Sun, 15th Dec 2019

ODI 7 – Sri Lanka v England

Coolidge Cricket Ground

Tue, 17th Dec 2019

ODI 8 – West Indies v Sri Lanka

Coolidge Cricket Ground

Thu, 19th Dec 2019

ODI 9 – England v Sri Lanka

Coolidge Cricket Ground

Sat, 21st Dec 2019

ODI 10 – FINAL

Coolidge Cricket Ground

-CWI

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