Dambulla: Till Thursday evening,the first Youth Test match had seemed to be heading for a draw with Sri Lanka at 235/5 in reply to Indias 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 (3/39) and Chama Milind (2/41) had other plans as the Lankans lost their last five wickets for just 21 runs to enforce the follow-on. On a placid track,10 more wickets to to win the match looked hard. But they came tentalisingly close. Singh (2/38),Milind (2/46),Kuldeep Yadav (2/100) and Shreyas Iyer (2/22) shared eight wickets between them to bring India within sniffing distance of a win,which was not to be.
With Sri Lanka down at 241 for nine,still needing six more runs to avoid an innings defeat,the last-wicket pair of Mendis and Jayasinghe batted out 55 balls to save the match.
Brief Scores: SL 256 & 264/9 (S Samarawickrama 88,T Sumanasiri 62; Shreyas Iyer 2/22); Ind 503/7 decl.