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

commentary

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!

Who will bat now? Craig Young it is.

Change. Wanindu Hasaranga is back on.

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.

Lahiru Kumara (2-0-16-0) is back on.

12.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Harry Tector, Flatter ball, on off. Tector works it to mid-wicket for one.

Harry Tector is the new man in. 87 needed in 43 balls now.

12.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Curtis Campher, OUT! BOWLED! The struggle of Curtis Campher ends! He did not get going today! Tossed up, on middle. Curtis Campher goes for the sweep but misses. The ball clips the pads and goes onto hit the stumps.
12.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Andy Balbirnie, Shorter and on the pads. Pulled to deep square leg for one.
12.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Curtis Campher, Loopy ball, way outside off. Curtis Campher slices it over covers for one.
12.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Andy Balbirnie, Tossed up, on off. Hit inside out to deep point for one.
12.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Curtis Campher, Darted on the pads. Curtis Campher gets hit on the pads while looking to sweep. The ball goes to short fine leg for one.

Maheesh Theekshana comes back into the attack.

11.6
2
Chamika Karunaratne to Andy Balbirnie, Short ball, on off. Andy Balbirnie backs away way too much and then reaches out for it. He plays it to long off for a couple.
11.5
4
Chamika Karunaratne to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR! A much-needed boundary for the Irish! Full ball, outside off. Andy Balbirnie shuffles across and sweeps it past short fine leg for a boundary.
11.4
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Curtis Campher, Full ball, on off. Heaved to deep mid-wicket for one.
11.4
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Curtis Campher, Length ball, way outside off. Curtis Campher looks to reverse sweep but misses. Wide called.
11.3
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Andy Balbirnie, Just a single as Andy Balbirnie slices this full ball to deep cover.
11.2
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Andy Balbirnie, Full ball, on off. Pushed to cover.
11.1
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Curtis Campher, Slower ball, on a length, outside off. Curtis Campher hits it to deep cover for one.

Chamika Karunaratne (2-0-16-1) is back on.

10.6
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, Tossed up, on off. Hit back to the bowler.
10.5
2
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, Loopy ball, on off. Andy Balbirnie drives it to the right of sweeper cover. The fielder runs across and dives to stop it. Two taken.
10.4
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Curtis Campher, Shorter ball, on off. Hit to cover for a quick single.
10.3
2
Wanindu Hasaranga to Curtis Campher, Tossed up, on off. Curtis Campher sweeps it to fine leg for a couple.
10.2
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, A googly, on off. Andy Balbirnie hits it past the diving cover fielder for one.
10.1
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, Flatter ball, on off. Punched back to the bowler.

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.

9.6
1
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, A high full toss, on leg. Andy Balbirnie hits it to long on for one.
9.5
1
Lahiru Kumara to Curtis Campher, On a length, outside off. Curtis Campher hits it past cover for one.
9.4
1
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, A full one, on off. Pushed past covers for one.
9.3
5
Lahiru Kumara to Curtis Campher, FIVE RUNS! Free runs for Ireland! A yorker, on off. Curtis Campher digs it out to mid-wicket and takes off for a run. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Two men backing up cannot stop the ball and it runs to the fence.
9.2
0
Lahiru Kumara to Curtis Campher, Play and a miss! Length ball, outside off. Curtis Campher is beaten while looking to drive it.
9.1
1
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, On a length, around off. Andy Balbirnie pushes it past point for one.

Lahiru Kumara comes back to bowl. 7 runs came off his first over!

8.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Curtis Campher, On middle, defended.
8.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Andy Balbirnie, A single now as Andy eases it through covers.
8.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Andy Balbirnie, Shortish again and on off, Andy pushes it to covers.
8.3
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Andy Balbirnie, Two more! On middle, this is worked wide of long on for two.
8.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Curtis Campher, Plays the sweep, not right off the middle, it goes off the glove towards fine leg for one.
8.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Curtis Campher, On middle, Campher pushes it back to the bowler.
7.6
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Curtis Campher, A single to end as this short one is hit through square leg.
7.5
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Curtis Campher, Shorter and slower outside off, Campher tries to cut but misses.
7.4
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Andy Balbirnie, Shorter again, this is pulled, flat towards deep square leg for one.
7.3
6
Chamika Karunaratne to Andy Balbirnie, SIX! Smashed! That was right off the middle. Brilliant shot! Shorter and on middle, Andy Balbirnie hangs back and hammers the pull, well over the mid-wicket fence. 50 up.
7.2
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Andy Balbirnie, On off, this is pushed to mid off.
7.1
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Curtis Campher, That is a beauty! A yorker on the pads, Curtis looks to jam it out but misses. It hits the pad and goes on the leg side. A leg bye. Going down leg.

Chamika Karunaratne (1-0-8-1) is back on.

6.6
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, Another dot to end! On middle, Andy flicks it to mid-wicket.
6.5
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Curtis Campher, On off, this is eased down to long off for one.
6.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Curtis Campher, On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
6.3
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, PUT DOWN! Another life for Andy Balbirnie! He tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to ride on top of the bounce. It goes off the splice, the point fielder dives forward, gets two hands to it but spills it.
6.2
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, On middle, defended.
6.1
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, Almost another one! On off, the googly, Andy looks to push it through covers but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
5.6
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Curtis Campher, Another short one, Campher looks to pull again but misses. End of the first 6, Ireland are 41 for 3.
5.5
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Curtis Campher, BEATEN FOR PACE! Short again and outside off, Campher looks to pull but misses.
5.4
4
Dushmantha Chameera to Curtis Campher, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Welcome boundary! Fuller and on off, this is hit down the ground, past mid off for a boundary by Curtis Campher. Second in three balls.
5.3
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Curtis Campher, Outside off, Curtis slashes but misses.
5.2
4
Dushmantha Chameera to Curtis Campher, FOUR! That races away! Length and on off, Curtis Campher uses the pace of the bowler and guides it past the slip fielder and down to the third man fence.
5.1
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Curtis Campher, On middle, defended.
4.6
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Curtis Campher, Flatter ball, around off. Curtis Campher eases it to long off and takes a run. Just 2 runs and a wicket off the over!
4.5
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Curtis Campher, Just a tad short, outside off. Curtis Campher cuts it to cover.
4.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Curtis Campher, Tossed up, outside off. Curtis Campher drives it back to the bowler.
4.3
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Curtis Campher, Flatter ball, around middle. Curtis Campher looks to cut but it goes off the inner half of the bat.

Curtis Campher walks out to bat.

4.2
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Gareth Delany, OUT! BOWLED! Wanindu Hasaranga strikes in his first over and Ireland are in a spot of bother now! He hurls a googly, around off, turning in sharply. Gareth Delany stays back to cut but he is cramped for room and misses. The ball crashes onto his middle stump.
4.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Andy Balbirnie, Tossed up, on middle. Andy Balbirnie tucks it to the leg side for a run.

Wanindu Hasaranga comes to bowl.

3.6
1
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, A yorker now on middle, Balbirnie jams it out to mid on.

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.

3.5
6
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, SIX! He stepped on the ropes while taking the catch! That is yet another sharp bumper, Balbirnie is beaten for pace as he tries to pull. It goes off the top edge towards fine leg. The fielder takes it but he is not sure whether he has stepped on the ropes or not. It is taken upstairs and replays show that his foot touches the ropes while taking the catch.
3.4
0
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, Good length and on off, defended.
3.3
0
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR BYES! Big, big swing again! Shorter and outside off, this one jags back in again. Cuts Andy Balbirnie into half as it goes past the inside edge. Keeps swinging away as it beats the batter. Perera dives to his left but has no chance.
3.2
0
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, On off, Andy guides it to point.
3.1
0
Lahiru Kumara to Andy Balbirnie, That swung a long way! It lands outside off and jags back in. Andy looks to drive but is beaten on the inside edge.

Lahiru Kumara comes into the attack.

2.6
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Gareth Delany, Shorter and outside off, this is cut through point for two.
2.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Gareth Delany, Flatter and on middle, defended again.
2.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Gareth Delany, On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Gareth Delany walks out to bat.

2.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Paul Stirling, OUT! Straight to the man! Stirling does not last for long despite being given a life. He looks to play the sweep again, this time shuffles across, this is bowled full and on middle, he tries to help it past short fine leg but finds the fielder there. Ireland are in huge trouble now. Lahiru Kumara takes an easy catch.
2.2
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Paul Stirling, FOUR! Stirling will continue to attack! He brings the sweep out. It is angled into his pads and hence, an easy shot. It goes over square leg for a boundary.
2.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Paul Stirling, On middle, this is worked to square leg.

Maheesh Theekshana comes to bowl.

1.6
4
Dushmantha Chameera to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR! Fortunate again! Another really sharp bumper, Balbirnie plays a duck-pull. He first tries to duck but then looks to pull, it goes off the top edge and down to the fine leg fence.
1.5
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Andy Balbirnie, That was quick! Short and on middle, Andy moves out of the way.
1.4
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Paul Stirling, Fortunate run! On off, Stirling swings, it goes off the inside edge past the off pole and down to the fine leg fielder for one.
1.3
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Andy Balbirnie, On middle, this is nudged on the leg side for one.
1.2
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Andy Balbirnie, On middle, solidly kept out.
1.1
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Andy Balbirnie, That is a beauty! Length and it lands outside off and hags back in. Andy looks to drive but it cuts him into half and goes over middle pole.
0.6
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Kevin O'Brien, OUT! TAKEN THIS TIME! Maheesh Theekshana does not make a mistake! He never looked comfortable under it but hung on. Short and on middle, extra bounce. Kevin O'Brien looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards short fine leg where the fielder settles under it and takes it. An early wicket for Lanka, just what they wanted.

Andy Balbirnie is the new man in. Also, Dushmantha Chameera to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Kevin O'Brien, WIDE! The keeper did really well! Down the leg side, left alone. The keeper dives to his left, gets a hand to it. Saves a boundary for his side.
0.5
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Paul Stirling, PUT DOWN! That could prove very costly! This is short and on middle, Stirling looks to pull, one hand comes off the handle. It goes towards deep mid-wicket. Bhanuka Rajapaksa runs to his left and looks to take it with the slide but fails to do so. Can Stirling make them pay?
0.4
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Paul Stirling, Stirling gives the charge, this is on a length and around off, it is pushed to covers.
0.3
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Kevin O'Brien, Follows the boundary with a single as he works it through square leg.
0.2
4
Chamika Karunaratne to Kevin O'Brien, FOUR! Cracked away! Shorter and outside off, a gift for Kevin O'Brien. He cuts it through point for a boundary. Good start for Kevin O'Brien.
0.1
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Paul Stirling, Ireland and Stirling are underway! Length and on middle, this is worked to mid on for one.