Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Sri Lanka progress to Super 12s with big win over Ireland. Wanindu Hasaranga and Pathum Nissanka shared a 123-run stand off 82 balls to take the side from 8 for 3 to 131 for 4.
Wanindu Hasaranga and Pathum Nissanka shared a 123-run stand off 82 balls to take the side from 8 for 3 to 131 for 4.
In a nutshell
Sri Lanka bagged their second win but worry lines remain for Dasun Shanaka's side. Wanindu Hasaranga and Pathum Nissanka struck half-centuries to lift Sri Lanka to a fighting score of 171 for 7 before the bowlers put on a clinical show to sink Ireland by 70 runs.
What is Sri Lanka's issue?
In 2021, Sri Lanka have lost a wicket every 8.7 balls in the powerplay. Bhanuka Rajapaksa has acknowledged it, head coach Mickey Arthur feels No. 3 has been their Achilles heel and early wickets continue to hurt Sri Lanka. Against Namibia, Sri Lanka were 26 for 3 and against Ireland they were left reeling at 8 for 3. Paul Stirling dismissed Kusal Perera on the second delivery while Dinesh Chandimal and Avishka Fernando were nipped out on consecutive deliveries in the second over by Joshua Little.
Hasaranga, Nissanka to the rescue
After bowling Little for two overs, Andrew Balbirnie took the pacer out of the attack and that, in hindsight, turned out to be a pretty big mistake. In the sixth over, Hasaranga smashed Simi Singh for four consecutive boundaries to take the score to 47 for 3 after the powerplay. The next three overs went for 21 as Ireland controlled things a bit but Hasaranga and Nissanka found their rhythm to dent Ireland.
The pair made 123 off 82 to take the side from 8 for 3 to 131 for 4 in the 17th over when Hasaranga was dismissed. Little ended with four wickets while Mark Adair got two as Ireland staged a mini-comeback in the death overs. However, Shanaka's 21 off 11 ensured Sri Lanka had plenty in the bank heading into the break.
Ireland's poor start
Kevin O'Brien fell in the first over, Paul Stirling in the third and Gareth Delany in the fifth. At 32 for 3, Ireland's chase couldn't quite take flight and the early wickets had a telling impact. Ireland ended the powerplay at 41 for 3 and were 65 for 3 at the halfway mark with Balbirnie and Curtis Campher helping the side recover.
Sri Lanka nail Ireland down
In the 13th over, Campher fell to Maheesh Theekshana and the spinner just demolished Ireland on the night. He ended with 4-0-17-3 with wickets of Stirling and Neil Rock. The wicket of Campher started the collapse and Ireland soon went from 85 for 3 to 101 all out. The big loss dented Ireland's net run rate massively but they still have their fate in their own hands. Ireland need to beat Namibia to progress to the Super 12 stage.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 171/7 (Wanindu Hasaranga 71, Pathum Nissanka 61; Joshua Little 4-23)beat Ireland 101 in 18.3 overs (Andrew Balbirnie 41; Maheesh Theekshana 3-17) by 70 runs.