Sri Lanka U19 qualified to the Plate Final of the ICC U19 world Cup when they recorded a convincing 97-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method over Scotland U19 in the semi-final encounter played at the University ground in Potchefstroom.
The foundation for the win was laid by skipper Nipun Dhananjaya, Ahan Wickramasinghe and Kamil Mishara with the trio cracking half tons to help Sri Lanka U19 taking first lease of the wicket make a formidable score of 277 for 6.
Scotland U19 in pursuit of a massive target of 278 runs were never in the chase as they succumbed to the bowling trio of Chamindu Wijesinghe, Dilshan Madusanka and Kavindu Nadeeshan and were struggling on 149 for 8 in 40 overs when play was called off due to bad weather.
Sri Lanka U19 will meet the winner of the second semi-final between England U19 and Zimbabwe U19 scheduled to be played today. The Plate final is slotted to be played on February 3.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh U19 made the semi-finals of the ICC U19 World Cup Super League segment when they coasted to an easy 102-run win over host South Africa U19 in the quarter-final encounter played at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
Bangladesh U19 taking first lease of the wicket was steered by Tanzid Hasan, Towhid Hridoy and Shahadat Hossain who made half tons for them to post a formidable score of 261 for 5. Later left arm spinner Rakibul Hasan who ended with a five-wicket haul ran through the host batting to restrict them for a score of just 157 runs.
In two other matches played Canada U19 outclassed Japan U19 by 182 runs and United Arab Emirates U19 overcame Nigeria U19 by seven wickets. Canada U19 and UAE U19 will play each other to decide the 13th slot.
Super League Quarter Final:
Bangladesh U19 won by 102 runs
Bangladesh U19 261 for 5 in 50 overs (Tanzid Hasan 80, Towhid Hridoy 51, Shahadat Hossain 74 n.o.: Pheko Moletsane 2 for 41)
South Africa U19 157 in 42.3 overs (Luke Beaufort 60, Jonathan Bird 35, Jack Lees 19: Rakibul Hasan 5 for 19, Tanzim Sakib 2 for 41)
Plate Semi Final:
Sri Lanka U19 won by 97 runs on D/L method
Sri Lanka U19 277 for 6 in 50 overs (Nipun Dhananjaya 66, Ahan Wickramasinghe 59, Kamil Mishara 54, Navod Paranavithana 39, Ravindu Rasantha 21, Sonal Dinusha 15 n.o.: Jasper Davidson 2 for 31, Charlie Peet 2 for 44)
Scotland U19 149 for 8 in 40 overs (Angus Guy 31, Jasper Davidson 20, Ben Davidson 18, Uzzair Shah 17: Chamindu Wijesinghe 3 for 31, Dilshan Madusanka 2 for 26, Kavindu Nadeeshan 2 for 42)
Canada U19 won by 182 runs
Canada U19 300 for 7 in 50 overs (Nicholas Manohar 101, Ashtan Deosammy 40, Eshan Sensarma 34, Benjamin Calitz 29, Udaybr Wala 40 n.o.: Tushar Chaturvedi 2 for 47, Kento Dobell 2 for 52, Leon Mehlig 2 for 64)
Japan U19 118 in 29 overs (Neel Date 59, Debashish Sahoo 19: Akhil Kumar 6 for 46, Harmanjeet Bedi 2 for 0)
United Arab Emirates U19 won by seven wickets
Nigeria U19 145 in 46.4 overs (Olayinka Olaleye 41, Akhere Isesele 24, Miracle Akhigbe 20: Rishabh Mukherjee 4 for 35, Aryan 3 for 20)
United Arab Emirates U19 146 for 3 in 29.2 overs (Jonathan Figy 28, Vriitya Aravind 16, Alishan Sharafu 59 n.o., Ansh Tandon 15 n.o.: Ifeanyichukwu Uboh 2 for 23)