Sri Lanka and South Africa sealed their places in the quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 when they recorded victories of contrasting styles on the third day of the 16-day tournament on Sunday.
Sri Lanka overcame 1998 champion England by one wicket at Dubai International Stadium in a match of fluctuating fortunes to become the first side from Group D to progress to the knock-out stage, while South Africa recorded a comfortable 45-run victory over Canada at Abu Dhabi Oval 1 to seal a place in the next round from Group C.
In the other results of the day, the West Indies outplayed Zimbabwe by 167 runs and New Zealand trounced the UAE by 112 runs.
In one of the closest finishes in the history of the age-group competition, Sri Lanka sealed victory with one wicket and seven balls to spare.
This was after Sri Lanka had looked down and out in its 231-run chase when it collapsed to 160 for seven in 35 overs and then needed nine runs for victory with one wicket remaining.
Number-seven batsman Thilaksha Sumanasiri (43) and number-nine AK Tyronne (20) put on 53 runs for the eighth wicket to take the score to 213 before Sumanasiri perished with Sri Lanka still requiring 18 runs off 35 balls.
Tyronne followed Sumanasiri nine runs later to leave his side needing nine runs from 17 deliveries. But Anuk Fernando (10 not out) and Lakshan Jayasinghe (four not out) got the required runs with seven balls remaining, with a winning single coming after Jonathan Tattersall missed the wicket at the non-striker’s end.
Earlier, Sadeera Samarawickrama played some fine shots in an elegant 89-ball 82 that included 10 boundaries and put Sri Lanka on track for victory.
He added 46 runs for the first wicket with Hasahn Dumindu (17), 38 runs for the fourth wicket with Priyamal Perera (22), 36 runs for fifth wicket with Binura Fernando (19) and another 37 runs for the sixth wicket with Sumanasiri.
Earlier, a gutsy 95 by Jonathan Tattersall saved England’s blushes when it slipped to 43 for four before recovering to 230 for nine. Tattersall, who was out on the penultimate delivery, faced 120 balls and hit three fours and two sixes.
The 19-year-old from Yorkshire added 71 runs for the fifth wicket with Will Rhodes (38) and 57 runs for the sixth wicket with Joe Clarke (19).
It was mainly Tattersall’s efforts that saw England collect 78 runs in the last 10 overs, including 55 runs in the final five overs.
Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis was delighted with the victory: “It was a great match, which went down to the wire. We made a few mistakes in the batting but I’m glad that we were able to hold our nerves when it mattered most.
“I’m just happy to win the game and confirm a place in the Super League quarter-finals. We’ll try to improve our overall game so that we can achieve best results from this tournament.”
England captain Rhodes admitted he was devastated.
“A one wicket defeat is devastating but I think the boys gave their best performance. I’m proud of the way we played but we’ll need to play much better in our next match against New Zealand, which will decide which side progresses.”
Samarawickrama, later declared man of the match, said: “It was a good one-day wicket and I enjoyed batting on it. I may have top scored but I think it was a good all-round performance and the later order batsmen ensured that we crossed the line and moved to the next stage.”
SRI LANKA INNINGS
Sri Lanka pulled off a nail-biting one-wicket win over England with seven balls to spare in a Group D match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
In a match where the fortunes see-sawed dramatically for both sides, Sri Lanka's last pair of Anuk Fernando and Lakshan Jayasinghe held their nerve to break English hearts.
Chasing a stiff target of 231 on a slow pitch, Sri Lanka came out all guns blazing to be 46 without loss in seven overs.
England, just as they had shown when they were down at 43-4 after being put into bat, bounced back to put Sri Lanka on the back foot by claiming three wickets for three runs within the space of 11 balls.
Sayer triggered the collapse trapping opener Hashan Dumindu (17) and Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis (0) leg before in successive balls.
Sri Lanka slumped to 49-3 when they lost Bhanuka cheaply.
Man of the match Sadeera Samarawickrema stood firm on the burning beck with a fluent knock of 82 off 89 balls which contained 10 hits to the ropes.
But England fancied their chances when he fell in the 35th over triggering another mini-collapse which saw Sri Lanka slump to 160-7.
Sri Lanka managed just 27 in the Batting Powerplay but Sumanasiri held the tail together during his knock of 43 off 42 balls hammering four boundaries and a six.
But England did not give up as Sri Lanka slipped to 222-9 in the 48th over.
Last man Lakshan got a boundary off the second ball he faced while Anuk knocked of the five runs required for victory in the penultimate over.
Shaw, Rhodes and Sayer claimed two wickets apiece.
Earlier, a battling half century by Jonathan Tattersall (95) who was out in the penultimate ball of the innings saw England recover from 43-4 in the 11th over to post 230-9.
England took the Batting Powerplay early after 16 overs but managed to score only 17 runs.
Tattersal hit three boundaries and two sixes facing 120 balls during his knock.
He shared in two half century partnerships of 71 for the fifth wicket with skipper Rhodes (38) and 57 for the sixth with Clarke (19).
England added 55 runs in the last five overs to set Sri Lanka a target of 231.
Left arm paceman Anuk Fernando was the pick of the bowlers claiming three for 49 while Binura Fernando and spinner Harsha Rajapaksha snared two wickets apiece.
Spinners Lakshan Jayasinghe and Tyrone also bowled economically to strangle England in the middle overs.
Anuk Fernando hits the winning run as Sri Lanka win a thriller by one wicket and seven balls to spare. SL 231-9 in 48.5 overs.
Last man Lakshan edges the second delivery from Sibley past the vacant slip for a boundary. SL 226-9 in 48 overs need five from 12 balls.
England are back in the game as Tyronne drives Sibley straight to covers. SL 222-9 in 47.1 overs.
AK Tyronne c Tattersall b Sibley 20 (36b 2x4 0x6)
Tyronne survives a run out attempt. Sri Lanka are 222-8 in 47 overs needing nine from 18 balls.
Sri Lanka are 219-8 after 46 overs need 12 from 24 balls.
Anuk hits a boundary off Rhodes. SL 218-8 in 45 overs.
Sri Lanka need 18 from 35 balls with two wickets in hand as Sumanasiri gives a return catch. SL 213-8 in 44.1 overs.
Tilaksha Sumanasiri c and b Rhodes 43 (42b 4x4 1x6)
Sibley drops Sumanasiri on the midwicket fence and whips a yorker to the fence to bring up the 50 partnership. SL 210-7 in 43 overs.
Tyronne slams consecutive boundaries off Winslade to mid-off and midwicket. SL 202-7 in 42 overs.
SL need 39 from 54 balls with three wickets in hand. SL 192-7 in 41 overs.
Winslade bowls an excellent over as Sri Lanka manage just 27 runs in the Batting Powerplay. SL 187-7 in 40 overs.
SL need 46 from 66 balls with one more over of Batting Powerplay to come. SL 185-7 in 39 overs.
Sumanasiri cracks consecutive boundaries off Winslade through cover and backward square leg. SL 180-7 in 38 overs.
Sri Lanka need 62 from 77 balls. SL 169-7 in 37 overs.
England have bounced into the game with the double strike by Shaw. SL 161-7 in 36 overs.
Sri Lanka need 71 from 90 balls with three wickets as the Batting Powerplay is taken.
Shaw strikes twice in the 35th over as new batsman Harsha is out for a duck caught behind. SL 160-7 in 35 overs.
Harsha Rajapaksha c Clarke b Shaw 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)
Drinks are taken with the match tantalisingly poised as Sri Lanka need 71 from 93 balls with four wickets in hand.
England strike a major blow as Sadeera miscues a short ball from Shaw. SL 160-6 in 34.3 overs.
Sadeera Samarawickrama c sub (R Jones) b Shaw 81 (88b 10x4 0x6)
Sumanasiri smashes Sayer for a six as Sri Lanka are stepping up a gear ahead of the Batting Powerplay. SL 158-5 in 34 overs need 73 off 96 balls.
Sadeera glances Shaw to fine leg for another boundary. Sri Lanka need 82 off 102 balls. SL 149-5 in 33 overs.
Sadeera thumps Sayer down the ground for another boundary. Sri Lanka need 90 off 108 balls. SL 141-5 in 32 overs.
Sadeera smashes Fisher through the covers for a boundary as Sri Lanka need 98 from 114 balls. SL 133-5 in 31 overs.
Binura is run out by a brilliant throw from Tattersall after having blasted a boundary off Fisher. SL 12304 in 29 overs.
Binura Fernando run out 19 (31b 2x4 0x6)
Sadeera completes his second consecutive half century and his third in Under 19 one-day internationals off just 60 balls.
Binura cracks Sibley to point as Sri Lanka get their first boundary after 111 balls. SL 104-4 in 25 overs.
Winslade strikes breaking the dogged 38-run stand for the fourth wicket as Priyamal is caught behind off an inside edge. SL 87-4 in 21.1 overs.
Priyamal Perera c Clarke b Winslade 22 (42b 0x4 0x6)
The boundaries have dried up for Sri Lanka with the last one coming in the seventh over. SL 87-3 in 21 overs.
Sayer's devastating first spell read 4-0-7-2. Eng 61-3 in 5 overs.
Sri Lanka are on the back foot after a flying start having lost three wickets for just three runs within the space of 11 balls. SL 50-3 in 10 overs.
Sri Lanka are reeling after a good start losing their third wicket as Bhanuka steers Rhodes to Finch at slip. SL 49-3 in 9 overs.
Minod Bhanuka c Finch b Rhodes 3 (9b 0x4 0x6)
Sayer is on a hat-trick but Bhanuka plays it back to the bowler. SL 47-2 in 8 overs.
Kusal Mendis lbw b Sayer 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
Double strike by Sayer who traps Sri Lanka skipper Mendis for a golden duck. SL 46-2 in 7.3 overs.
Off spinner Rob Sayer strikes with his second delivery trapping Hashan leg before. SL 46-1 in 7.2 overs.
Hashan Dumindu lbw b Sayer 17 (22b 1x4 0x6)
Sadeera flicks Shaw with superb timing to midwicket for his sixth boundary. SL 46-0 in 7 overs.
Sadeera slams a couple of boundaries off Shaw flicking to fine leg and then driving through the covers. Eng 36-0 in 5 overs.
Hashan and Sadeera hit a boundary apiece off Shaw as Sri Lanka are racing along merrily. SL 26-0 in 3 overs.
Sadeera slams a couple of boundaries off Fisher in the second over to get Sri Lanka's run chase underway. SL 14-0 in 2 overs.
England recovered from a poor start to make a competitive total of 230-8 after being put into bat by Sri Lanka in a Group D match of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
Joshua Shaw was run out in the last ball of the innings as England end on 230-9 in 50 overs.
Josh Shaw run out 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
Tattersall falls in the penultimate ball failing to clear the long on fence after having survived a run out the previous ball. Eng 230-8 in 49.5 overs.
Jonathan Tattersall c Mendis b Anuk Fernando 95 (120b 3x4 2x6)
Sayer perishes in search of quick runs. Eng 225-7 in 49 overs.
Rob Sayer c Samarawickrama b B Fernando 18 (19b 1x4 1x6)
Tattersall sends Binura sailing over midwicket for his second six and moves into the 90s.
Sayer smashes Anuk back over his head to bring up the 200 of the England in the 48th over and also slams a boundary through the covers. Eng 210-6 in 48 overs.
Good over for England as Tattersall steps up the ante in the finals overs cracking a couple of boundaries off Anuk. Eng 188-6 in 46 overs.
Lakshan Jayasinghe completes his spell with figures of 10-0-39-0. Eng 175-6 in 45 overs.
Clarke is run out after a direct hit by Sumanasiri at the bowler's end after adding 57 runs for the sixth wicket with Tattersall. Eng 171-6 in 42.5 overs.
Joe Clarke run out 19 (31b 0x4 0x6)
Another missed catch as Tattersal sweeps Tyronne to backward square fence to bring up the 50 partnership for the sixth wicket off 59 balls. Eng 168-5 in 42 overs.
Jonathan Tattersal completes his fourth half century in U19 one-day internationals off 89 balls. Eng 152-5 in 40 overs.
Tattersal lofts Binura to long-on for England's first boundary after 32 balls. Eng 124-5 in 34 overs.
Tattersall (30) survives a stumping attempt off Lakshan. Eng 117-5 in 33 overs.
Binura strikes trapping England skipper Rhodes leg before. Eng 114-5 in 31.5 overs.
Will Rhodes lbw b Binura Fernando 38 (66b 2x4 0x6)
Rhodes (30) gets a life with keeper Bhanuka failing to hold onto an edge off Binura who returns to the attack. Eng 108-4 in 30 overs.
Tattersall hits the first six of the match smashing Lakshan to the long boundary. Eng 104-4 in 29 overs.
Tattersall (21) and Rhodes (29) are crafting England's recovery with a partnership of 53 in 104 balls for the unfinished fifth wicket. Eng 96-4 in 28 overs.
Harsha Rajapaksha completes his spell returning figures of 10-0-36-2. Eng 92-4 in 27 overs.
England get a much needed boundary as Rhodes sweeps Tyronne to midwicket. Eng 76-4 in 24 overs.
England took the Batting Powerplay early from the 17th over but managed to score only 17 runs without loss. Eng 67-4 in 21 overs.
Rhodes hits the first boundary for England after 78 balls with a straight drive off Tyronne. Eng 63-4 in 20 overs.
Anuk bowls a maiden to Tattersall. Eng 43-4 in 12 overs.
Left arm slow bowler Harsha has figures of 2-0-6-2.
England are tottering after Harsha's double strike with Barnard going for a duck. Eng 43-4 in 10.4 overs.
Ed Barnard b Rajapaksha 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)
Sri Lanka are rocking as Harsha strikes in his second over ripping the bails of Finch as he plays a defensive shot with the bal beating his outside edge. Eng 43-3 in 10.1 overs.
Harry Finch b Harsha Rajapaksha 24 (30b 4x4 0x6)
England have made a slow start and are strugging after the mandatory Powerplay being 37-2 with Anuk Fernando claiming both wickets to have figures of 5-0-20-2.
Double strike by Anuk as Higgins goes caught behind off an inside edge. Eng 37-2 in 9.3 overs.
Ryan Higgins c Bhanuka b Anuk Fernando 6 (14b 0x4 0x6)
There is a stoppage as Sri Lanka skipper Kusal Mendis hobbles off the field after twisting his ankle while attempting a quick return.
Finch survives a close stumping decision off left arm spinner Harsha. Eng 34-1 in 9 overs.
Finch seems to be dealing in boundaries flicking Binura through midwicket. Eng 29-1 in 7 overs.
Southpaw Anuk Fernando strikes in his third with a beautiful delivery that castled Sibley. Eng 23-1 in 5.4 overs.
Dominic Sibley b Anuk Fernando 4 (15b 0x4 0x6)
Finch cracks a short ball from Anuk uppishly to point for another boundary. Eng 18-0 in 4 overs.
Finch drives Anuk through the covers for his second boundary. Eng 11-0 in 2 overs.
Finch hits the first boundary of the match via an inside edge to fine leg off Binura. Eng 5-0 in 1 over.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and put England into bat in their second Group D match of ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
Both teams won their opening matches with England trouncing UAE by 213 runs while Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 49 runs.
England: Harry Finch, Dominic Sibley, Ryan Higgins, Ben Duckett, Ed Barnard, Will Rhodes, Joe Clarke, Rob Sayer, Jack Winslade, Josh Shaw, Jonathan Tattersall
Sri Lanka: Hashan Dumindu, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Priyamal Perera, Tilaksha Sumanasiri, Harsha Rajapaksha, Anuk Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Binura Fernando, Lakshan Jayasinghe