Glenwood's Param Uppal claims back-to-back player of the match awards in international under-19s series

Breakthrough Hundred: Param Uppal celebrates his 111 for the Australian under-19s team against Sri Lanka last Thursday. Picture: Brody Grogan
Breakthrough Hundred: Param Uppal celebrates his 111 for the Australian under-19s team against Sri Lanka last Thursday. Picture: Brody Grogan

Australia co-captain Param Uppal has starred for Australia in the early stages of a five-match under-19s series against Sri Lanka. 

After a modest return in a three-day match last week, the Glenwood resident sprung into form with back-to-back man of the match awards in the first two games of the series. 

He scored a century in the first match, which Australia won by 160-runs.

Uppal said it was an “unbelieveable” feeling.

“Knowing you’re hitting a hundred for your country, it’s a very big deal and it’s an honour,” he said.

“It’s been a while since I hit a hundred so it was great to put on the yellow and score a century for my country.”

Admitting he was a bit scratchy early in his innings, the 18-year-old soon got on top of the bowling attack, scoring 111 off 119 deliveries and helping Australia to 9-265.

Australia dominated with the ball, bowling Sri Lanka out for 105.

Uppal backed it up with bat and ball in game two, taking 2-29 off 10 overs and scoring 55 as Sri Lanka evened the series.

Sri Lanka scored 222 and despite a strong performance from Uppal and Will Sutherland (54 off 49 balls), Australia lost by just eight runs.

He said the side knew Sri Lanka would be pushing hard for the result.

“The way they started it looked like they were going to get 300-plus,” Uppal said.

“It was a credit to our bowlers, we came back hard and restricted them to 230, which I thought was par.

“We were confident going into the chase, it was just unfortunate that it didn’t go our way.”

With an opportunity to lead the Australian side later in the week, Uppal said it was great to be in such strong form for Australia.

“I’m in pretty good nick at the moment, just cashing in I guess,” he said.

“I probably threw away another hundred but that’s cricket. I’ve just got to come back the next day and come back better.”

Australia and Sri Lanka will play the third one-day match of the series today (April 18) with the fourth and fifth matches on April 21 and April 23.