Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh to win Campus Cricket finals

a-compton-homies-bat-and-balls-lie-on-the-cricket-grounds-during-a-training-session-wit13All-rounder Ranitha Liyanarachchi smashed a scintillating half-century and Roshan Jayawickrama returned with a four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka notched up a convincing 24-run win over Bangladesh to clinch the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals trophy at the Galle International Stadium on Sunday.

Liyanarachchi provided the late charge, blasting 52 off 27 balls, which included six fours and two sixes, to take Business Management School from Sri Lanka to a challenging 191 for 9 after University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh skipper MD Hasanuzzaman won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Sri Lanka then returned to restrict the visitors to 167-8 in their stipulated 20 overs and become the first host nation to win the crown. MD Hasanuzzaman (39) was the top-scorer for Bangladesh, who squandered a solid start to capitulate in the end. They were 91-1 at one stage but lost 5 wickets in 26 runs after the 7th over and never recovered from the collapse.

Besides Jayawickrama, Chamika Karunarathne (2 for 17), Devin Pathmanathan (1 for 31) and Liyanarachchi (1 for 26) were among the wickets for Sri Lanka. Earlier, opening the innings, G Wimaladharma (17) and D M De Silva (32) shared a 27-run stand before the former was caught by Avishek Mitra off Morsalin Mortaza’s bowling in the 3rd over. (Courtesy PTI)