Sri Lanka got here up with a medical efficiency to thump Ireland by 70 runs in match quantity eight of the T20 World Cup 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The Lankans recovered from 8 for 3 to put up a difficult 171 for 7, courtesy of fifties from Wanindu Hasaranga (71) and Pathum Nissanka (61).
Maheesh Theekshana (3/17), Lahiru Kumara (2/22) and Chamika Karunaratne (2/27) then strangled Eire because the chasing aspect crumbled to 101. Hasaranga made an affect with the ball as effectively, ending with very good figures of 1 for 12 from his 4 overs.
Following the victory, Sri Lanka certified for the Tremendous 12 stage from Group A. The competition between Namibia and Eire on Friday will now be a knockout conflict. The winner will grow to be the second aspect from Group A to make it to the Tremendous 12s.
Eire misplaced large weapons Kevin O’Brien (5) and Paul Stirling (7) cheaply in a difficult chase of 172. Whereas O’Brien top-edged a pull off Karunaratne, Stirling miscued a sweep in opposition to Theekshana to brief effective leg. Kumara did the juggling act however held on to the ball.
Eire misplaced a 3rd contained in the powerplay as Gareth Delany’s (2) try to chop Hasaranga’s googly ended along with his stumps being shattered. Hasaranga may have had a second, however the fielder at brief effective leg did not latch on to a catch supplied by Eire skipper Andrew Balbirnie off a reverse sweep. The batter celebrated his life by clattering Karunaratne over midwicket for a most. Nevertheless, on the midway stage, Eire had been very a lot on the again foot at 65 for 3.
Curtis Campher (24) and Balbirnie resisted briefly however with the required run charge getting uncontrolled, the previous was bowled whereas making an attempt to slog Theekshana. Harry Tector (3) then gloved a brief ball from Kumara to the keeper as Eire misplaced half of their aspect for 88. Neil Rock (1) was stumped as he missed his sweep, giving Theekshana his third scalp.
Balbirnie’s resistance got here to an finish on 41 as he sliced a catch off Kumara to level. Eire folded up in 18.3 overs as Karunaratne cleaned up Josh Little (1).
Hasaranga and Nissanka’s fifties carry Sri Lanka after top-order collapse
Hasaranga (71 off 47) and Nissanka (61 off 47) performed effective knocks as Sri Lanka recovered from 8 for 3 to put up a extremely aggressive 171 for 7. Despatched into bat after Eire received the toss, Sri Lanka misplaced Kusal Perera (0), Dinesh Chandimal (6) and Avishka Fernando (0) inside the primary two overs. Hasaranga, who was promoted to no.5, then featured in a fourth-wicket stand of 123 with Nissanka to place Sri Lanka on prime.
Very similar to within the earlier match in opposition to Namibia, Sri Lanka began in a jittery style. Perera performed a unfastened stroke off Stirling in direction of cowl, the place the fielder dived and took the catch. The choice was referred upstairs however the delicate sign of out stood. Little then claimed two wickets off consecutive balls in his first over. Chandimal dragged an ungainly lower onto his stumps whereas Fernando was cleaned up with a traditional swinging supply that beat him all finally ends up.
Hasaranga got here in with a mission to upset Eire’s plans and swung into motion immediately. After creaming Mark Adair for a boundary previous mid-on, he whacked off-spinner Simi Singh for 4 boundaries within the final over of the powerplay. The Sri Lankan all-rounder saved making room to clear his arms and was profitable in lofting the deliveries over the infield on the off-side. Hasaranga then slammed Craig Younger for six over long-on because the Lankans started taking management of proceedings.
Nissanka, who was content material at rotating the strike for many a part of the partnership, pulled out a change hit in opposition to Simi Singh as Sri Lanka’s innings approached the midway stage. A few overs later, he clobbered Curtis Campher for a most over huge long-on.
Hasaranga introduced up his half-century of 38 balls and went on to punish Simi Singh for a pair extra boundaries. Instantly after Nissanka reached his fifty, Adair broke the great partnership. He pressured Hasaranga to slice a sluggish yorker to backward level.
Eire fought again effectively after the wicket and Nissanka additionally fell to Little, edging a supply approach exterior the off-stump. Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka (21* off 11), nonetheless, smashed a couple of essential boundaries to take the workforce previous 170.
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Hasaranga and Nissanka rescued Sri Lanka with effective fifties after a precarious begin. Hasaranga was among the many wickets as effectively, cleansing up Delany with a googly. He gave away solely 12 in his 4 overs. Theekshana impressed but once more as Eire failed of their try and take him on. He claimed 3 for 17 and pacer Kumara 2 for 22.
For Eire, Little ended with great figures of 4 for 23. He obtained the large scalps of Chandimal, Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa to maintain his aspect within the recreation. On the batting entrance, skipper Balbirnie fought laborious with a well-made 41.
Hasaranga was named Participant of the Match for his stupendous all-round present.
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