Sri Lanka got the fright of their lives before seeing off Associate side Scotland by four wickets on the opening day of the ICC under 19 Cricket World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Scotland recovered from 30-5 to post a useful total of 186 thanks to captain Kasaim Farid, who made a fighting 76 from 89 balls.

It was not expected to test the home side but excellent bowling from Gordon Goudie helped reduce Sri Lanka to 54-4 before they got home thanks to contributions from Sachithra Serasinghe (64) and captain Angelo Mathews (37 not out).

But it could, and perhaps should, have been so different. Serasinghe was caught off a Calum MacLeod no-ball on 30 and four runs later was missed at third man off the same bowler.

Scotland were their own worst enemy as they conceded 38 runs in extras, including 22 wides and 11 no-balls, and in the end that helped tip the balance in Sri Lanka's favour despite Goudie's 3-25 from his ten overs.

Earlier Sri Lanka's seam bowlers had taken advantage of early life in the pitch to wreck the Scotland top-order.

Mathews and his fellow seamers Thisara Perera and Shalika Karunanayake shared eight wickets on a surface that was covered the day before the game because of heavy rain.

Sri Lanka's spinners were not as effective as the seam bowlers with left-armer Sachith Pathirana and off-spinner Rajeewa Weerasinghe bowling 16 overs between them for 75 runs and just one wicket.

That wicket was, however, the prize scalp of Farid, stumped by Sameera Zoysa, Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper and vice-captain, off Pathirana after hitting two sixes and four fours in a 133-minute stay at the crease.

Man of the match Farid added 65 for the sixth wicket with super sub Scott McLennan, called up to replace the unfortunate Rajeev Routray before the latter had a chance to contribute, and then a further 60 with Amair Mehmood, who was the innings' second top-score with 23.

To add insult to injury for Scotland, Scott MacLennan received a severe reprimand from match referee Alan Hurst after play after being charged and found guilty of dissent following his dismissal.