Sri Lanka vs Ireland Highlights: Sri Lanka win by nine wickets with five overs to spare – The Indian Express

  • October 23, 2022

Sri Lanka vs Ireland (SL vs IRE) Live Score Updates: Sri Lanka thrashed Ireland by nine wickets in their opening clash with 30 balls to spare at Hobart. Kusal Mendis top scorer for Sri Lanka with 68(43).
Man of the match: Kushal Mendis
Sri Lanka completely dominated the Irish bowling in the second innings. The Irish never looked in the game throughout their batting and bowling innings apart from the first six overs of their batting innings. Sri Lankan spinners dominated the game in the first half. Kushal Mendis played an excellent inning of 68(43) with three mammoth sixes. Supported by Dhanajaya 31(25) and Asalanka 31(22). They finished the game with five overs to spare. Earlier in the Ireland innings, Tector was the top scorer with 45(41) Sri Lankan spinners Theekshana and Hasaranga picked two wickets apiece breaking the spine of their batting. This performance will shoot up Sri Lanka’s NRR and gives them an advantage over other teams in the group. Sri Lanka will next face Australia at Perth. It will be a mouth-watering contest.
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Sri Lanka completely dominated the Irish bowling in the second innings.  Kushal Mendis played an excellent inning of 68(43) with three mammoth sixes. Supported by Dhanajaya 31(25) and Asalanka 31(22). They finished the game with five overs to spare. Sri Lanka will next face Australia at Perth. It will be a mouth-watering contest.
Sri Lanka has two points for sure in this game Mendis played a brilliant inning supported by Asalanka and De Silva early on. The rest of the teams in the group have to watch out for Sri Lanka looks like the old fiery lions are back slowly but steadily. 
Kushal Mendis has been in red hot form this tournament. He scored 50 of 37 balls solid innings by the opener Sri Lanka need 14 to win.
A brilliant knock from Kusal Mendis 🌟 #SLvIRE | 📝: https://t.co/TAkFLuKkUz pic.twitter.com/M8TDUlUAjL

Asalanka after bursting onto the scene in the 2021 World Cup has been struggling in his second year in International cricket averaging 17 at a strike rate of 105. Dockrell lets him off the hook dropping a sitter. Three men converged for the ball near the boundary but Dockrell called for it and couldn’t take it.
Sri Lanka is 75-1 after 10. Sri Lanka may try and finish this off in the next six overs and gain the advantage over England in NRR.
After his heroics against West Indies Delany does it again. He picks up Dhnanjeya for 31(25). Sri Lanka after a solid start loses the first. Asalanka in. Sri Lanka 63-1.
Ireland despite playing all their games at Hobart in qualifiers couldn’t take advantage of the conditions. Sri Lanka coming from Geelong adapted to the conditions well. Ireland trying to get back into this game through spinners.
Pathum Nissanka’s injury seems to be a blessing in disguise for the Lankans. Both the openers are trying to finish it off as quickly as they can. Sri Lanka after their upset in the opening game is turning the World Cup on. However, how far will they go is remained to be seen.
Dhananjeya pulls one off the backfoot. Adair despite bowling a good short one doesn’t have the pace to intimidate the batter. The right-handed opener pulls one as Ravi Shastri says it went like a tracer bullet.
Kushal Mendis and Dhananjeya have got Sri Lanka to a flier after the first four the lions are scoring at nine runs per over. A win today will surpass Australia in the group. Still early days though.
Sri Lanka’s approach looks aggressive. They are looking to finish this as quickly as possible 
Kushal Mendis and Dhananjeya De Silva start well for Sri Lanka after two overs 13/0
After getting a good start in the first six. Ireland could never change the gears from there. Sri Lankan spinners Theeskhana and Hasaranga picked up 2 wickets a piece restricting the Irish to 128 in their quota. This should be an easy chase for Sri Lanka. Will be interesting to see If Sri Lanka will go the England way yesterday or try to get these runs as quickly as possible or Ireland may spring a surprise let’s wait and see.
Sri Lanka restricts Ireland to 128/8 in their 20 overs.#SLvIRE | 📝: https://t.co/zvZoBqBIAq

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Hasaranga in a crucial 19th over picks two wickets. Ireland is 10-15 runs short.
Binura Fernando coming with the breeze up the hill dismisses Tector of the last ball of the 18th. Early on in the over Delany hits a scrappy boundary. Ireland could do with a couple of big overs. 117-6 Ireland.
Sri Lankan spinners kept a check on Irish scoring throughout the innings. Dockrell not able to get a move on loses his off-stump to Theekshna. Ireland 107-5. The onus on Tector to see Ireland through to a decent total.
Harry Tector is starting to show signs of acceleration can Ireland get to 150?
Tector after hitting the first ball of Hasaranga for six milks the over for ones and twos. Finally needed big over for the Irish from an unlikely source of the leg-spinner. After 14 Ireland was 91/4
Sl controlling the game but the Irish trying to build a partnership. After 12 overs Ireland was 74/4. Chamika completed his quota of four one for 29.  Tector on 21(22) with Dockrell on four.
Ireland trying to accelerate keeps losing wickets at regular intervals. Sri Lanka all over the Irish like a rash after 10 overs Ireland 60-4. Chamika Karunaratne picks inform player Curtis Campher.
Sri Lanka have put themselves in command with two early wickets in the Powerplay 💪#SLvIRE |📝: https://t.co/TAkFLusK31

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