ICC World Twenty20, 2021
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 20 October 2021
RR: 5.46 | Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 70 runs
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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!
Josh Little is the last Irish batter.
Change in bowling. Dushmantha Chameera (2-0-14-0) is back on.
Is that a stumping? There is no bat on that one. Young has his back foot inside the crease.
Who will bat now? Craig Young it is.
Change. Wanindu Hasaranga is back on.
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.
Mark Adair is the new man in.
A stumping decision has been sent upstairs as Kusal Perera looks confident behind the sticks.
Neil Rock walks out now.
Lahiru Kumara (2-0-16-0) is back on.
Harry Tector is the new man in. 87 needed in 43 balls now.
Maheesh Theekshana comes back into the attack.
Chamika Karunaratne (2-0-16-1) is back on.
Drinks break! Sri Lanka are well and truly top in this game at the moment and Ireland need their skipper, Andy Balbirnie to bat as long as possible and take his side close to the target. They do have wickets in hand but they certainly need to up the ante as the required rate is creeping up. Wanindu Hasaranga comes back to bowl.
Lahiru Kumara comes back to bowl. 7 runs came off his first over!
Chamika Karunaratne (1-0-8-1) is back on.
Curtis Campher walks out to bat.
Wanindu Hasaranga comes to bowl.
A decision has been sent upstairs to check whether Chamika Karunaratne has taken the catch cleanly. The soft signal is NOT OUT as the on-field umpire feels Karunaratne's feet touched the ropes while taking the catch.
Lahiru Kumara comes into the attack.
Gareth Delany walks out to bat.
Maheesh Theekshana comes to bowl.
Andy Balbirnie is the new man in. Also, Dushmantha Chameera to bowl from the other end.