Greaves stars but Windies U19 lose
Visakhapatnam, India, CMC – A solid all-round performance from Justin Greaves failed to spark the West Indies Under-19s, and Sri Lanka Under-19s clinched a tense, two-wicket victory in the four-nation Under-19 Series on Tuesday.
Playing at the Reddy Stadium, Greaves stroked a valuable 33 and Kaveem Hodge hit the top score of 50, as the Windies were dismissed for 146 in 47.1 overs in their opening match of the series, a warm-up for next year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia.
Greaves followed up, grabbing four wickets for 26 runs from 10 overs bowling his uncomplicated medium-pace, but the Sri Lankans replied with 147 for eight. The 17-year-old was in the thick of things early, holding the catch that dismissed Sri Lanka U19’s wicketkeeper/batsman Niroshan Dickwella for two in the second over off Ronsford Beaton.
Greaves put the skids on the Sri Lankans, when he had Duleeka Thissakuttige caught behind for one and opener Shehan Fernando caught in the field for five, leaving the Asian side wobbling on 23 for three. He later had Pulina Tharanga caught by captain Kraigg Brathwaite for two in the 16th over and Sanitha de Mel caught in the deep for 12 in the 23rd over to leave the Sri Lankans tottering on 71 for eight.
But the Windies failed to wrap things up with an unbroken, ninth-wicket stand of 76 between Lahiru Madushanka, whose 42 not out was the top score, and Tharinda Kaushal, not out on 30, sweeping the Sri Lankans to a remarkable victory with 22 balls remaining.
All-rounder Kyle Mayers finished with two for 24 from his allotted 10 overs, and Beaton grabbed two for 39 from seven overs.
Earlier, the Windies’ batting also failed, and they sunk to 42 for five in the 16th over before Hodge and Greaves brought some respectability to the total. Hodge hit four boundaries from 86 balls and Greaves hit just two fours from 74 balls in a crucial stand of 79 for the sixth wicket before they and wicketkeeper/batsman Stephen Katwaroo all fell without the addition of a run to leave the Caribbean side 121 for eight in the 39th over.
de Mel did the damage with an impressive four for 14 from 9.1 overs, Madushanka with two for 26 from nine overs, and Gaurav Deva with two for 31 from eight overs.
The West Indies will be looking to rebound, when they renew rivalry with Australia Under-19s in their second match on Thursday at the Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium.
The Aussies also lost their opening match, when hosts India Under-19s humiliated them by 10 wickets in a record chase at the Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium. Australia Under-19s, choosing to bat, were dismissed for 163 in 41.1 overs, wicketkeeper/batsman James Peirson led the way with 51, as their batting was undermined by off-spinner Baba Aparajith with five for 38 in 8.1 overs.
Manan Vohra smashed 15 fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 79 from 35 balls, and fellow opener Unmukt Chand struck 11 fours and three sixes in 72 not out from 40 balls, ruthlessly manhandling the Aussies bowlers to take the Indians to victory in the 12th over.
India face Sri Lanka in their second match, on Thursday also, at the Reddy Stadium.
Results of matches in the four-nation Under-19s 50-over Tournament played on Tuesday:
At the Reddy Stadium: Sri Lanka Under-19s beat West Indies Under-19s by two wickets. West Indies 146 off 47.1 overs (Kaveem Hodge 50, Justin Greaves 33; Sanitha de Mel 4-14, Lahiru Madushanka 2-26, Gaurav Deva 2-31). Sri Lanka 147 for eight off 46.2 overs (Lahiru Madushanka 42 not out, Tharindu Kaushal 30 not out; Justin Graves 4-26, Kyle Mayers 2-24, Ronsford Beaton 2-39).
At the Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium: India Under-19s beat Australia Under-19s by 10 wickets. Australia 163 off 41.1 overs (Jimmy Peirson 51, William Bosisto 27, Cameron Bancroft 26; Baba Aparajith 8.1-0-38-5, Harmeet Singh 2-26). India 167 without loss off 12 overs (Manan Vohra 79 not out, Unmukt Chand 72 not out).