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Australia face stiff challenge from Asian and African giants


Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has yet to win the U19 Men’s CWC trophy, but they have put their imprint on the competition over the years. They reached the final once, in 2000, losing to Mohammed Kaif’s India by six wickets. Their only previous success at this event was in the Plate Finals, where they defeated Afghanistan in 2012 and the West Indies in 2018.

The current Sri Lanka U19s come with a lot of game-time behind them. They played a triangular series against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in 2023, hosted the West Indies, and toured Pakistan in preparation for the World Cup. The team recently competed in the U19 Asia Cup, but failed to advance to the knockout stage. With lots of practice, the young Lankans will seek to light up the event.

Squad

Sineth Jayawardena (c), Pulindu Perera, Hirun Kapurubandara, Ravishan Nethsara, Rusanda Gamage, Sharujan Shanmuganathan, Dinura Kalupahana, Malsha Tharupathi, Vishva Lahiru, Garuka Sanketh, Duvindu Ranatunga, Ruvishan Perera, Supun Waduge, Vihas Thewmika, Vishen Halambage.

Travelling Reserves: Dinuka Tennakoon, Hiran Jayasundara.

Fixtures

21 January: v Zimbabwe, Kimberley

24 January: v Namibia, Kimberley

28 January: v Australia, Kimberley

Watch out for

Malsha Tharupathi

Malsha Tharupathi is a rising leg-break bowler with a propensity for making useful contributions with the willow. The bowling all-rounder has already made an impact in Sri Lanka’s domestic circuit, taking 10 List A wickets at an average of 21.9 and 18 T20 wickets for just 11.27.

During Sri Lanka U19’s October tour of Pakistan, he took seven wickets at an average of 18.71 to help the team win the ODI series. He also took five wickets at an average of 20 at the U19 Asia Cup in December.

What they said

Sineth Jayawardena, Sri Lanka captain: “As a unit, we are always together, and as the captain, I think that’s our main strength. Even though we have downfalls, we have always made comebacks.”



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