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Kusal Mendis becomes Player of the Match.
Sri Lanka wins by 9 wickets
Huge win for Sri Lanka, set up by the spinners first, keeping Ireland at 128/8. And then the chase was superbly led by Mendis, who hit an unbeaten 68 off just 43 balls. Ireland was never in the game and regularly lost wickets throughout the top of their innings. The small recovery they made although a 47-run fifth wicket stand was undone by a death-overs collapse. Sri Lanka got off to a flying start in the power play with the openers at 63. Mendis stayed until the end, finishing with a six.
50 for Mendis
Back to back fifties for Kusal Mendis, and he hits the milestone with back-to-back limits from Delany. Takes 37 balls to the goal.
DDS is leaving
After an outdated appeal that was rejected and never reviewed, and a narrow miss in a run-out attempt, Ireland has finally managed to send back de Silva, who gains a vague lead on the cut. Delany gets the breakthrough for Ireland, even if it may not mean much.
Mendis and Dhanajaya are quick to start the chase. The pair have held their own in the powerplay itself for half a century. The right approach to get rid of it as quickly as possible and give your NRR an early boost.
Back for Sri Lanka’s answer. Let’s see how that goes.
About twenty too short, Tector estimates during the break.
Innings break: Ireland 128/8
After that 47-run tie between Dockrell and Tector, Sri Lanka made a strong comeback by limiting Ireland to an underscore. Hasaranga and Theekshana the stars, they choose two apiece. Playing the spider would always be Ireland’s biggest challenge today. Sri Lanka would be happy with that score. 129 should be easy. We’ll be back in 10 hours for their chase.
Did I ruin it? Huge collapse here. Dockrell goes first while Theekshana picks his second to complete a beautiful spell with numbers of 19/2. In the next over, Tector sends a dolly to the halfway point where Shanaka picks him up comfortably. Tector falls for a fine 42-ball 45, but Ireland would have liked him to have stayed until the end and chasing the bowlers a bit. Hasaranga then returns for his final, taking two in the space of four balls. Delany goes out to deep midwicket and attempts a mighty slog sweep. That was the larger frontier he focused on. And then Mark Adair gives Karunaratne some deep catching exercises.
100 for Ireland
Dockrell and Tector have led this recovery very well. Excellent running between the wickets to make up for the lack of big shots. 100 comes up at the end of the 15th and Tector is approaching his half-century.
Ireland lose four
Stirling falls over to Dhananjaya in the ninth. Full and wide – the Irish opener tries to target the shorter border, but Rajapaksa makes a nice dive catch in the deep end. Next to go is Curtis Campher, undone by a short ball. Wanted to cut – and sent it straight to the backfielder. Ireland is half way through 60/4 and in big trouble!
Theekshana removes Tucker
Thrown around the legs! Tucker gets on one knee and wants to sweep it to the empty leg area. Ball takes the edge off his pads and plunges straight into the stumps instead. Second Irish wicket to fall in the power play.
Lahiru Kumara makes an impact on the first pitch and knocks over Balbirnie! Full and straight, Balbirnie shuffles across in an attempt to run him over a short penalty, exposing his stumps. The ball falls straight into the middle stump and Sri Lanka is overjoyed!
All set for live action. Stirling and Balbirnie at the crease. Here we go!
Sri Lanka:Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
Ireland:Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little
TOSS: Ireland chooses to bat. they are unchanged,but sri lanka has been must rest Pathum Nissanka who is ‘struggling with an injury’
Getting ready for the toss. Any moment now…
Here’s the preview while we wait for the toss.
Welcome to our Sri Lanka v Ireland live blog! Sri Lanka overcame a shocking opening round defeat to Namibia to make their way into the main event. Ireland has raised high expectations by helping two-time champions of the West Indies get underway. How will the two compete today? We’ll know soon enough!