Abu Dhabi. Sri Lanka defeated Ireland by 70 runs in the qualifier match of the T20 World Cup 2021. In this Group A match played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday, Sri Lanka scored 171 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. After this, Ireland’s team was all out for 101 runs in 18.3 overs. Sri Lanka won their second match, which now has 4 points and remains on top of the group. He is almost certain to qualify for Super-12. Ireland is at number two, which has 2 points, while the current Namibia at number three also has 2 points.
Chasing a target of 172 runs, the Irish team had a poor start and got the first blow in the last ball of the first over when Kevin O’Brien (5) was caught by Karunaratne at the hands of Mahesh. The process of falling wickets continued and 3 wickets fell only till the team score of 32. After this, Andrew Ballbirnie and Curtis Kempfer (24) added 53 runs for the fourth wicket.
Mahesh broke this partnership and made Curtins bowl. He hit 2 fours in his innings of 28 balls. Half of Ireland’s team returned to the pavilion till the team score of 88. Ballbirnie returned to the pavilion as the team’s 8th wicket. He scored 41 runs in 39 balls with the help of 2 fours and 2 sixes. For Sri Lanka, Mahesh took 3 for 17 while Chamika Karunaratne and Lahiru Kumara took 2 wickets each. Dushmanta Chamira and Wanindu Hasaranga got 1-1 wickets.
Earlier, Sri Lanka, recovering from a poor start, scored a challenging 171 for 7 with half-centuries from Wanindu Hasaranga (71) and opener Pathum Nisanka (61) and a 123-run stand for the fourth wicket between the two. Wanindu Hasaranga faced 47 balls during his half-century innings, which included 10 fours and a six. Opener Nisanka was dismissed in the 19th over, hitting six fours and a six in 47 balls. Apart from these two, captain Dasun Shanaka contributed an unbeaten 21 runs in 11 balls with two fours and a six.
Josh Little of Ireland was the most successful bowler, taking four wickets for 23 runs in four overs, while Mark Adair got two and Paul Sterling got one wicket. Sri Lanka did not start well, they lost three wickets for eight runs. Paul Sterling dismissed Kusal Perera in the second ball of the innings, who could not even open the account. Josh Little gave him double blows in the second over. After bowling Dinesh Chandimal (06) on the third ball, he bowled Avishka Fernando on the next ball.
After this, Nisanka and Wanindu Hasaranga, playing responsibly, played a brilliant partnership of 123 runs in 82 balls for the fourth wicket and took their team to a good score. This century partnership ended in the 16th over by Mark Adair dismissing Wanindu Hasaranga, whose slow ball was caught by Craig Young at backward point. Then Little took the wicket of Nisanka after Bhanuka Rajapakse (01) in his second spell. Adair took his second wicket in the form of Chamika Karunaratne in the last over.