Sri Lanka were put into bat by the home side, and their innings certainly wasn't as dominant as other batting performances against Malaysia in this tournament. The only substantial partnership was 63 for the fourth wicket, and Tissara Perara scored a quick-fire 65 down the order to lift Sri Lanka to 251 before they were bowled out in the 45th over.
The Malaysian bowling was a lot tighter than it has been so far in the tournament, especially that of Anwar Arudin who took 3/16 inside eight overs. It should be pointed out though that Arudin is a senior player drafted in to assist the Under-19 team in this tournament. At 22, we certainly won't be seeing him in the Under-19 World Cup next year.
The Malaysian batting reply went much like their innings in their previous game against England. Most of them failed, whilst one stood head and shoulders above the rest. Suharril Fetri scored 52 with the next highest innings being 20. Unlike Arudin, Fetri is a genuine Under-19 player at 17 years old.
Tissara Perara capped off a fine all-round performance, taking 4/30 as he polished off the Malaysian tail. He was a much-deserved winner of the man of the match award.
Malaysia U19s (0) lost to Sri Lanka U19s (2) by 119 runs
Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur, 4 February 2007
Sri Lanka U19s: 251 (44.3 overs, T Perara 65*, L Thirimanne 42, A Arudin 3/16)
Malaysia U19s: 131 (32.4 overs, S Fetri 52*, T Perara 4/30)