Tail-enders bulldoze SL under 19 to draw: Tyrone, Binura score centuries” — Island, 2 August 2013
Tail-enders A.K. Tyrone of Richmond College, Galle and Binura Fernando of D.S. Senanayake College Colombo scored centuries when the hosts needed them the most as Sri Lanka Under-19 posted a mammoth 499 runs to draw the second Youth Test and the series against their Indian counterparts at Welegedara Stadium, Kurunegala yesterday. The hosts commenced the day with a lead of just 64 runs in the second innings and five wickets in hand. But with the overnight batsmen Priyamal Perera and Sadeera Samarawickrama getting out early (7 for 258) the Sri Lanka Under-19 were facing the danger of a series defeat.
The tail-enders Tyrone and Fernando then produced a rearguard action adding 188 runs for the eighth wicket to guide the team to safety. Tyrone scored 123 runs with 17 fours and three sixes. He faced 161 balls. Fernando anchored the tail with an unbeaten century inclusive of 15 fours and a six. He faced 232 balls.
India Under-19 were left with a target of 319 runs to chase in 27 overs. They were 113 for three wickets at close.
Scores: SL Under-19 212 and 245 for five overnight 499 all out in 175.5 overs (Hashan Dumindu 31, Kavindu Kulasekara 29, Kusal Mendis 65, Sadeera Samarawickrama 63, Priyamal Perera 41, A.K. Tyrone 123, Binura Fernando 100n.o; Chama Milinda 4/98, Kuldeep Yadav 2/132)
India Under-19 393 for 8 decl and 113 for 3 at close in 27 overs (Akhil Herwadkar 32, Shreyas Iyer 26n.o, Sanju Samson 23n.o; Priyamal Perera 2/28)
Kurunegala: Indian bowlers fail to polish off Sri Lanka`s lower middle-order as twin centuries by No. 8 Binuka Fernando (100 not out) and No. 9 A K Tyronne (123 not out) enabled the hosts to earn a respectable draw in the second `Youth Test` here on Thursday. The two-match series thus ended in a draw, largely due to 188-run eighth wicket stand between Tyronne and Fernando, which helped Sri Lanka reach 499 in their second innings.
The visitors had to chase an improbable target of 319 in 27 overs. When stumps were drawn, India reached 113 for three. Starting the day at 245 for five with an overall lead of 64 runs, it soon became 258 for seven with two set batsmen Priyamal Perera (40) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (63) gone in quick succession after a 91-run sixth wicket stand.
With seven down and the lead of only 77 runs, Vijay Zol and company were sniffing victory, but Tyronne and Fernando had other plans. The two right-handers attacked the Indian bowling and the duo added the runs in 54.3 overs. Tyronne was the dominant partner as his 123 runs came off only 161 balls with 17 fours and three sixes.
Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav (2/132) bowled nearly 60 overs, while offie Aamir Gani (1/110) rolled his arm over for 45 overs. The bulk of the bowling during this match-saving eighth-wicket partnership was done by Yadav and Gani but they failed to get a breakthrough. Fernando faced 232 deliveries and hit 15 boundaries and a six. By the time, Tyronne was run-out, the match was as good as saved by the Islanders.
In the end, it turned out to be a moral victory for the Sri Lankan side as Indians failed to pack a punch when it mattered the most.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka: 212 & 499 (AK Tyronne 123, Binuka Fernando 100 no, Kusal Mendis 65, Sadeera Samarawickrama 63, Chama Milind 4/98). India 393/8 & 113/3 (Akhil Herwadkar 32).