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Maneesha six-for highlight as Sri Lanka enjoy better of rain-affected draw

England Under-19s suffer collapse before Shanmuganathan fifty buoys tourists in second dig

Keshana Fonseka drives through the covers for England Under-19s, England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Youth ODI, Chelmsford, June 28, 2024

Keshana Fonseka made 86 in England's first innings (file photo)  •  Getty Images

Sri Lanka U19s 324 (Kalupahana 104, Caldera 55, French 4-81) and 192 for 4 (Shanmuganathan 73) drew with England U19s 247 (McCann 92, Fonseka 86, Maneesha 6-56)
England Men Under-19s will head to Chelmsford for a series decider after the first Youth Test against Sri Lanka Under-19s ended in a rain-affected draw.
Any hopes of a result had been dulled when the second day was completely washed out, after which the tourists controlled the contest to earn a deserved 77-run first-innings lead. Sri Lanka U19s then batted out the remainder of the match to be 192 for 4 when stumps was called at 5.30pm.
Skipper Dinura Kalupahana's century was followed by Praveen Maneesha's 6 for 56 as the legspinner claimed five of the six Young Lions wickets to fall on the final day.
England U19s were bowled out for 247 but will take positives ahead of next week's second Youth Test in the form of Freddie McCann's 92 at the top of the order while Lancashire's Keshana Fonseka also fell just short of a century when he was caught driving at Sheshane Marasinghe on 86. The pair had put on 160 for the second wicket yesterday.
Surrey Academy paceman Alex French picked up four wickets in the first innings too - when England had reduced Sri Lanka to 37 for 4 - but they were unable to assert that early authority as Kalupahana's classy century shifted the momentum.
Three late wickets last night meant the Young Lions started the day needing to reassert themselves, but instead they lost 6 for 54 with Maneesha's skiddy legspin doing the majority of the damage.
Rocky Flintoff added one to his overnight score when he was caught by Nathan Caldera before Maneesha had Jack Carney trapped lbw pushing forward.
Fonseka had been untroubled as he struck 13 boundaries in his 149-ball stay but, like a number of batters yesterday on a slowing pitch, he pushed a drive into the infield and was caught by Sadew Samarasinghe.
Maneesha mopped up the remaining three wickets in back-to-back overs to give Sri Lanka a first-innings lead they would barely have imagined earing after their first-morning collapse.
From there the match meandered towards a draw. Farhan Ahmed picked up his first wicket of the match when he snuck one past Samarsinghe's forward prod and in the next over Noah Thain held a sharp catch above his head at first slip when Pulindu Perera swiped at Jaydn Denly's second ball.
Sharujan Shanmuganathan was composed in reaching 73 before swiping at Denly and being caught in the deep by Ahmed, who also held the catch to remove Gayana Weerasinghe off Daavya Sharma.

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