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Sri Lanka recovered from a nightmare start until record an extensive 70-run win over Ireland and book them place in the Super 12s stage of the T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Both sides came in Wednesday’s clash fresh of emphatic victories over Namibia and the Netherlands respectively, but it was 2014 champions Sri Lanka who underlined their credentials, despite a terrible start with the bat.
Wanindu Hasaranga (71 off 47) and Pathum Nissanka (61 off 47) fantastic hit in tandem while Sri Lanka rose from 8-3 to post 171-7 of their 20 overs – the highest total of this year’s competition as far.
Ireland’s innings failed ignite, with captain Andy Balbirnie (41) and Monday’s hero Curtis Campher (24) the only one players Register double figures against an impressive Sri Lanka bowling attack.
Maheesh Theekshana (3-17 .) off 4) showed his class, while Chamika Karunaratne (2-27) and Lahiru Kumara (2-22 off 4) picked up two wickets each, while Ireland fell from 85-3 to 101 all out after an extraordinary capitulation in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
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Ireland enjoyed the dream start; Kusal Perera succumbed to the second ball of the match, before Dinesh Chandimal (6) and Avishka Fernando (0) were killed by the unstoppable Josh Little (4-23 off 4), who was not in able to replicate Campher’s hat-trick heroic deeds from Monday.
Nissanka and Hasaranga were commissioned with leading Sri Lanka’s recovery and they did brilliantly – Hasaranga struggled back the initiative in the final over of the powerplay, sending a lost Simi Singh (0-41 off 3) for four consecutive borders.
The pair contributed to a sensational 123-run partnership as Sri Lanka raced to 130-3 after 15 overs, although Little and Mark Adair (2-35) claimed two wickets each to stop their load in the final stages – Adair gets his 50th T20I wicket in the process.
However, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka (21 years old) off 11) produced a scintillating late cameo, thumping Adair for 10 runs of the final two balls of the innings, and they maintained this momentum with the ball, as Irish openers Kevin O’Brien (5) and Paul Stirling (7) both fell within three overs.
Follow his exploits with the bat, Hasaranga (1-12 off 4) met star with the ball explain for Gareth Delany (2), but Balbirnie and Campher fervently resisted, with a quarter-wicket scaffolding worth 53 runs.
However, Sri Lanka is disciplined attack restricts Ireland everywhere, and Balbirnie’s side succumbed in rather tame fashion after a hectic finale, because they last seven wickets for just 16 runs in a 34-ball spell.
WHICH PLAYERS STAR?
Josh Small – Ireland’s leftpoor sailor crashed Sri Lanka in a crisis by Chandimal and Fernando. to fire in consecutive balls in the second over, before returning to claim two more victims in the final phase to post career-best T20I figures of 4-23. What a performance from the 21-year-old.
Wanindu Hasaranga – Hasaranga arrived at the fold with Sri Lanka falters at 8-3, but the all-rounder struggled back the initiative with to be first T20I half-century, register 11 borders in are great 47-ball knock.
Pathum Nissanka – Sri Lanka opener was the embodiment of calmness with wickets tumble around him in the opening stages. He was content with playing second violin to the explosive Hasaranga, but his stylish 61 from just 47 balls helped stabilize things for the 2014 champions.
Maheesh Theekshana – the 21-year-old off-break bowler has made a sparkling start to his World Cup career. Having tied three wickets in to be opener against Namibia, he repeated the feat against Ireland ranging from its pace wonderful to tear through their middle order.
Andy Balbirnie- Ireland’s captain led from the front with the bat against an accomplished Sri Lanka attack, 41 making 39 balls in An innings met two sixes. having balbirnie in shape ahead of Friday’s decisive clash against Namibia could be an integral part of their hopes of qualification.
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