Sri Lanka vs Ireland 2022: Sri Lanka thrash Ireland by nine wickets in opening clash
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).Sri Lanka completely dominated the Irish bowling in the second innings. The Irish never looked in the game throughout their batting and bowling, losing all 10 of their wickets to spin. Sri Lanka will now take on Zimbabwe, who were crowned champions at the World Twenty20 earlier this year. The two teams were unbeaten after the group stages, and will likely look to retain their perfect records in this tournament as well.
Man of the match: Kushal Mendis
Sri Lanka’s top scorer with 68 from 43 balls. And gets man of the match! #SLvIRE @WorldCup — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 23, 2017
Ireland will be looking to make an impression on their World Cup debut but they have a long way to go as they face a highly experienced Sri Lankan team. The fact that Ireland haven’t played a T20I since 2015 means they are likely to be exposed against a pace attack that includes Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal, all of whom have recorded T20I economy rates of 6.88 or lower since August 2014.
Ireland were bowled out for 186 on a good batting pitch in Hobart. Johannesburg-born all-rounder Stuart Thompson set up the match with an aggressive 39 before being bowled by offspinner Dilruwan Perera, who became Ireland’s leading Test wicket taker.
Sri Lankan batsmen on top; Mendis was Ireland’s nemesis in T20I series against Ireland. Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis (83) and Upul Tharanga (76 not out) shared a crucial 118-run stand for the fifth wicket to seal a comfortable victory over Ireland.
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Kusal Mendis top scorer for Sri Lanka with 68(43).Sri Lanka completely dominated the Irish bowling in the second innings. The Irish never looked in that game throughout their batting and bowling. Though Ireland have struggled to find a regular number four position, they will be keen to find one soon. This was Ireland’s lowest total against any of the Test nations at home and their fifth-lowest ever at home (in terms of completed innings).