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Sri Lanka U19 beat Afghanistan to win plate championship

Niroshan Dickwella

By Staff Writers | August 24, 2012

Niroshan Dickwella
Man of the match Niroshan Dickwella stroked a fine half-century. © Matt Roberts-ICC/Getty Images

Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by seven wickets to win the plate championship final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Friday.

Batting first after winning the toss, Afghanistan scored 194/9 in 50 overs, with Mohibullah Paak top scoring with a fine 44 which included five fours and a six.

For Sri Lanka, Lahiru Madushanka continued his fine form with the ball and finished with 3/34, while Amila Aponso took 2/19.

Sri Lanka then cruised to victory in 39 overs, with player of the match Niroshan Dickwella hitting an elegant 76 (87b, 5×4, 1×6) and Pabasara Waduge contributing with a useful 33 (66b, 3×4). The two batsmen added 44 runs for the second wicket after Shehan Fernando (19) departed.

Angelo Jayasinghe (23) and Dickwella added 56 runs for the third wicket.

This is Sri Lanka’s first plate championship title, while for Afghanistan it was an excellent achievement after they had finished 16th and last in their debut appearance two years ago in New Zealand.

Afghanistan captain Javed Ahmadi finished as his side’s most successful batsman with 285 runs at 47.50, while Sri Lanka’s leading run-getter was Sandun Weerakkody with 189 runs.

Madushanka finished with 15 wickets in the tournament and Sayed Shirzad was the pick of the Afghanistan bowlers with 11 wickets.

Final (9th-10th play-off) – Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by seven wickets at Allan Border Field, Brisbane.

Afghanistan 194/9 (50 overs) – (Mohibullah Paak 44; Lahiru Madushanka 3-34, Amila Aponso 2-19).

Sri Lanka 196/3 (39 overs) – (Niroshan Dickwella 76 not out, Pabasara Waduge 33).

Player of the match – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)

©  Island Cricket

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