Lanka settle for draw

The Indian bowlers put up an impressive performance to take the visitors within sniffing distance of a win before the last-wicket pair of Ramesh Mendis and Lakshan Jayasinghe stood tall to eke out a creditable draw for Sri Lanka in the first Youth Test (Under-19) here on Friday.

Till Thursday evening, the match was heading for a tame draw with Sri Lanka comfotably placed at 235/5 in their first innings in reply to India’s 503/7 declared.

Resuming their innings, Sri Lanka needed another 119 runs to reach 354 and avoid the follow-on. But the Indian pace duo of Atul Singh and Chama Milind had other plans as the Lankans lost their last five wickets for just 21 runs to enforce the follow-on.

The second and final Test will be played from July 29 to August 1.

Brief Scores: India: 503/7decl in 127 overs drew Sri Lanka: 256 and 264 for nine in 92 overs (Sadeera Samarawickrama 88, Thilaksha Sumanasiri 62; Shreyas Iyer 2/22).

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