ICC World Twenty20, 2021

Sri Lanka vs Ireland - Match 8

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 20 October 2021

Ireland 101/10

RR: 5.46 | Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 70 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Paul Stirling c Lahiru Kumara & b Maheesh Theekshanac Lahiru Kumara & b Maheesh Theekshana7710
Kevin O'Brien c Maheesh Theekshana & b Chamika Karunaratnec Maheesh Theekshana & b Chamika Karunaratne5310
Andy Balbirnie c Avishka Fernando & b Lahiru Kumarac Avishka Fernando & b Lahiru Kumara413922
Gareth Delany bowled Wanindu Hasarangabowled Wanindu Hasaranga2400
Curtis Campher bowled Maheesh Theekshanabowled Maheesh Theekshana242820
Harry Tector c Kusal Perera (W) & b Lahiru Kumarac Kusal Perera (W) & b Lahiru Kumara3600
Neil Rock stumped Kusal Perera (W) & b Maheesh Theekshanastumped Kusal Perera (W) & b Maheesh Theekshana1300
Mark Adair run out (Dushmantha Chameera)run out (Dushmantha Chameera)2300
Simi Singh not out not out 5900
Craig Young bowled Dushmantha Chameerabowled Dushmantha Chameera1600
Josh Little bowled Chamika Karunaratnebowled Chamika Karunaratne1300
Extras 9 (b 4, lb 3, w 2, nb 0)
Total 101 (10 Wkts, 18.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
8-1 (Kevin O'Brien,1), 18-2 (Paul Stirling,2.3), 32-3 (Gareth Delany,4.2), 85-4 (Curtis Campher,12.5), 88-5 (Harry Tector,13.5), 89-6 (Neil Rock,14.2), 92-7 (Mark Adair,15.1), 94-8 (Andy Balbirnie,15.4), 98-9 (Craig Young,17.1), 101-10 (Josh Little,18.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Chamika Karunaratne3.3 0 27 2 8.18
Dushmantha Chameera3 0 16 1 5.33
Maheesh Theekshana4 0 17 3 4.25
Lahiru Kumara4 0 22 2 5.50
Wanindu Hasaranga4 0 12 1 3.00

That is all we have from this game! The action continues on 21st October and we have two more games coming up. Papua New Guinea will take on Bangladesh in the first clash of the day at 2 pm Local (10 am GMT). Later, Oman will face off against Scotland at 6 pm Local (2 pm GMT). Do join us for the same. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Dasun Shanaka, the skipper of Sri Lanka, says that they were concerned after losing early wickets but the partnership between Wanindu Hasaranga and Pathum Nissanka was awesome. Adds that it is a great luxury to have such quality pace bowlers, especially in T20s and he is happy seeing them bowl with such pace. Signs off by saying that they would look to bat well in the next game as the top order is still a concern for them.

Andy Balbirnie, the Irish skipper is down for a chat, he says that Sri Lanka played really well and came back really strongly. Adds that Josh Little was brilliant with the new ball and they were excited when they had Sri Lanka at 8 for 3. Says that the game against Namibia is a knockout game and they are looking forward to it. Hopes that a lot of people will watch that match.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Player of the Match, says when he went out to bat they were 3 down for just 8 runs and he was under pressure. Adds that he wanted to rotate the strike for the first few balls and looked to capitalize after getting a start. Tells that he considers himself a batting all-rounder and he could be seen batting at number 5 quite consistently. In the end, he thanks the Sri Lankan supporters in Sinhalese.

Earlier in the day, after electing to field, Ireland had Sri Lanka on the mat at 8 for 3. They let the advantage slip as some poor bowling and poor decisions saw Sri Lanka get to 171 courtesy of some fine batting from Wanindu Hasaranga and Pathum Nissanka. That proved to be a lot for the Irish as they were bundled out for one more than a ton.

It was the combined effort from the Lankan bowlers. The pacers bowled with fire and got early wickets. The spinners squeezed the runs and were also amongst the wickets. Maheesh Theekshana was the pick of the bowlers with his 3 wickets. Lahiru Kumara and Chamika Karunaratne were very impressive and took 2 each. The rest of the bowlers took 1 each and it was a team performance by them.

A target of 172 was always going to be a tough task and it got even tougher after Ireland lost three wickets in the Powerplay. Andy Balbirnie and Curtis Campher then put up a 50-run stand but it was at a slow pace. The required run rate kept going up and when the time came to accelerate, Campher fell. Once he fell, it was a procession. Just the two batters crossed the 10-run mark and with that scorecard, it is not possible to chase a big total.

Quite a clinical performance from the Lankans and they have confirmed their spot in the Super 12s in emphatic fashion. A win by 70 runs is a big win in T20Is and they have completely dominated the game!

18.3
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Josh Little, OUT! BOWLED! There it is! Chamika Karunaratne gets the last wicket and Ireland are bundled out for 101! A full toss, around middle and leg. Josh Little moves across to scoop it over short fine leg but he misses it completely and the ball crashes onto his stumps. Sri Lanka WIN THE MATCH BY 70 RUNS!
18.2
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Simi Singh, Another slower ball, outside off. Simi Singh advances down the track and punches it to deep cover for one.
18.1
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Simi Singh, Slower ball, on a length, down leg. Simi Singh misses his flick and the ball clips his pads before going to the keeper on the bounce.
17.6
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Josh Little, Swing and a miss! Full ball, outside off. Josh Little looks to hoick it over long on but he fails to get any bat on it.
17.5
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Simi Singh, Length ball, around middle and leg. Simi Singh turns it to the leg side for a single. Ireland bring up their 100!
17.4
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Simi Singh, Nearly chopped on! Good-length ball, outside off. Simi Singh looks to slog hard but he gets an inside edge onto his pads.
17.3
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Simi Singh, Length ball, on off. Simi Singh looks to heave it away but it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket.
17.2
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Josh Little, Full ball, around middle. Josh Little drills it to long on to get off the mark with one.

Josh Little is the last Irish batter.

17.1
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Craig Young, OUT! BOWLED! You miss, I hit says Dushmantha Chameera! He hurls a full-length ball, around middle. Craig Young looks to heave it away but he misses and the ball crashes onto his stumps.

Change in bowling. Dushmantha Chameera (2-0-14-0) is back on.

16.6
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Simi Singh, Tossed up, around off. Simi Singh hits it back to the bowler.
16.5
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Craig Young, Floated, around middle. Craig Young drills it to long on for one.
16.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Craig Young, Tossed up, around middle. Craig Young tucks it to mid-wicket.
16.3
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Craig Young, NOT OUT! Tossed up, outside off. Craig Young looks to sweep but he misses. Kusal Perera behind the stumps whips the bails off. He puts in an appeal and the the decision is sent upstairs. Craig Young has his feet grounded though.

Is that a stumping? There is no bat on that one. Young has his back foot inside the crease.

16.2
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Craig Young, Nicely tossed up, around off. Craig Young looks to flick it but it goes off the inside edge onto his pads.
16.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Simi Singh, Flatter ball, down leg. Simi Singh tucks it to the leg side for a single.
15.6
1
Lahiru Kumara to Simi Singh, Full toss, outside off. Simi Singh drives it to deep cover for a run.
15.5
0
Lahiru Kumara to Craig Young, Leg bye! Length ball, on the pads. Craig Young misses his flick and the ball ricochets off his pads towards square leg. The batters cross for a leg bye!

Change. Wanindu Hasaranga is back on.

Who will bat now? Craig Young it is.

15.4
0
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, OUT! CAUGHT! Ireland lose their skipper and that should be it for Sri Lanka! Full ball, outside off. Andy Balbirnie looks to carve it through covers but it takes the outer half of the bat and the ball goes straight to Avishka Fernando at backward point. He takes a sharp catch.
15.3
1
Lahiru Kumara to Simi Singh, Length ball, around middle. Simi Singh drills it towards long on to collect a single.
15.2
1
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, Full ball, outside off. Andy Balbirnie reaches out and digs it out towards third man for one.
15.1
0
Lahiru Kumara to Mark Adair, OUT! RUN OUT! A direct hit and Mark Adair is gone! Full ball, on off. He hits it to mid off and sets off for a run. Dushmantha Chameera runs in and fires a direct hit at the bowler's end. The TV umpire is called in and one replay shows that Adair is well short. Simi Singh walks out to bat.

Is that a run out? It is a direct hit and Mark Adair is the man in question. He is well short of the crease.

14.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Andy Balbirnie, Dot to finish the spell! Full ball, just outside off. Andy Balbirnie gets no bat on it. Maheesh Theekshana ends with figures of 4-0-17-3!
14.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mark Adair, Loopy ball, on off. Adair comes down the track and hits it to long on for a single.
14.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Andy Balbirnie, Tossed up, on off. Hit to deep cover for one.
14.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mark Adair, Just a single as this is played to long on.

Mark Adair is the new man in.

14.2
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Neil Rock, OUT! STUMPED! Brilliant work by Kusal Perera behind the stumps! Tossed up, on off. Rock goes for the sweep but misses. Kusal Perera whips the bails off and goes up in an appeal. The TV umpire is called in. It looks like the bails were taken off when Rock had his back leg just outside the crease. The TV umpire takes a few more looks at it and then gives Rock his marching orders.

A stumping decision has been sent upstairs as Kusal Perera looks confident behind the sticks.

14.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Neil Rock, Flatter ball, outside off. Rock misses the cut shot.
13.6
1
Lahiru Kumara to Neil Rock, Full ball, on the pads. Rock flicks it past square leg for one.

Neil Rock walks out now.

13.5
0
Lahiru Kumara to Harry Tector, OUT! TAKEN! A tiny feather on it and Tector walks back! A short ball, down the leg side. Tector looks to pull but gets a tiny feather on it. Kusal Perera takes it with ease behind the stumps and Lahiru Kumara gets his first.
13.4
0
Lahiru Kumara to Harry Tector, A perfect yorker, on off. Tector hits it back to the bowler. Another dot and the pressure is building up for Ireland.
13.3
2
Lahiru Kumara to Harry Tector, Full ball, on leg. Flicked past mid-wicket for a couple.
13.2
0
Lahiru Kumara to Harry Tector, Short ball, on leg. Tector miscues the pull. The ball goes to mid-wicket. Tector looks for one but is sent back.
13.1
0
Lahiru Kumara to Harry Tector, Length ball, on off. Tector drives it hard back to the bowler. Kumara gets his hands to it and stops it.