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U-19 Asia Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka called off midway due to COVID-19

It is being learned that all the personnel involved in the match will now be tested and will have to undergo mandatory isolation until the results of their tests are confirmed.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 28 December 2021 3:42 pm

Highlights
  • At least two officials have returned positive results for the dreaded Coronavirus.
  • The tournament is happening in the United Arab Emirates.

The U-19 Asia Cup encounter between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has been called off midway due to COVID-19. It is being learned that at least two officials have returned positive results for the dreaded Coronavirus. The said officials are reportedly out of danger and are being treated in sync with the tournament protocols.

It is being learned that all the personnel involved in the match will now be tested and will have to undergo mandatory isolation until the results of their tests are confirmed. The tournament is happening in the United Arab Emirates.

As far as the match is concerned, the Sri Lanka U-19s had won the toss and opted to field first in this game and they would not be too unhappy with how much ever performance they managed to put up on the field since they had kept the opposition down to 130/4 in the 32.4 overs before the match was abandoned. Prantik Nawrose Nabil top-scored for Bangladesh in this passage of play, getting out to Dunith Wellalage after he had made 45.

Dunith Wellalage, Treveen Mathew were in the middle of an impressive spell

Wellalage was in fact the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers as he scalped 2 wickets for 17 runs in 6 overs at an impressive economy of 2.83. Treveen Mathew was the other wicket-taker for Sri Lanka and had conceded 18 runs in his 6 overs while taking the other two wickets. It was turning out to be quite a clinical performance from the Sri Lankan side as none of their bowlers had conceded at an economy of overrun a ball except Matheesha Pathirana who could not complete the only over he started.

In his 4 balls, he had given away 6 runs, which took a toll on his economy rate as it read- 9.00. Ariful Islam (19* from 34 balls) and wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Fahim (27* from 29) were the batters in the middle when the play was abruptly called off.

More details on what will be the way forward for both the teams haven’t yet been confirmed from official sources.

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