Skipper Kamil Mishara and Ravindu Rashantha struck half centuries to steer Sri Lanka Under-19 to a comfortable five-wicket win against the visiting Pakistan Under-19 in the fifth and final Youth ODI played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota yesterday.
However, this was only a consolation win for the home side as the Pakistan Under-19 had already clinched the five-match series having secured wins in the second, third and fourth ODI’s played earlier.
Rashantha’s knock of 85 came off just 67 balls which included 13 boundaries while Skipper Mishara’s 87 took him 118 balls that comprised five boundaries.
The pair also put on a valuable 132-run stand for the third-wicket after they had lost their openers with the score on 43 in the ninth over.
Avishka Tharindu joined Mishara and the pair added 69 for the fifth-wicket which paved the way for Sri Lanka Under-19’s victory.
Earlier, Pakistan Under-19 invited to take first lease of the wicket, put up a challenging score of 264 runs helped by half centuries from Mohammad Basit Ali, Haris Khan and Qasim Akram.
Pakistan Under-19: 264/7 in 50 overs (Basit Ali 56, Haris Khan 54, Qasim Akram 51, Rohail Nazir 41, Junaid Khan 22, Dilshan Madusanka 3/45)
Sri Lanka Under-19: 267/5 in 46.5 overs (Kamil Mishara 87, Ravindu Rashantha 85, Avishka Tharindu 40 n.o, Mohammad Wasim 2/39, Shiraz Khan 2/47) . (MSA)