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Shock defeat for Indians

Abu Dhabi: Defending champions India suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the first round of warm-up matches of the 2014 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in UAE, on Monday.

Lanka opener Sadeera Samarawickrama hit a brilliant 82 and Priyamal Perera scored an unbeaten 50 to inspire their side to a five-wicket victory over India India at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, here.

India threw away a half-century opening stand to slump from 53 for no loss to 209 all out in 45.5 overs.

All the top order batsmen got off to good starts but couldn’t convert those into big scores with No. 8 batsman Deepak Hooda finishing as the top scorer with 39.

For India, the likes of Ankush Bains (24), Akhil Herwadkar (29) and captain Vijay Zol (25) couldn’t convert their starts. Along with Hooda, Shreyas Iyer (31) also made a useful contribution to take the team past 200-run mark.

Lanka, in their chase, reached the target with seven balls to spare after openers Samarawickrama and Hashan Dumindu (48) posted 125 runs. Priyamal then hit nine fours in an unbeaten 62-ball 50 to provide Lanka a confidence-boosting victory. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful bowler grabbing three for 25 in 10 overs.

In the other matches of the day, Pakistan romped to a comfortable 10-wicket victory over hosts UAE at The Sevens while England trounced Scotland by 153 runs.

Brief Scores

India 209 in 45.5 ovs (B. Fernando 4/42) Sri Lanka 212/5 in 48.5 ovs (S. Samarawickrama 82). Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.