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T20 World Cup 2021, Sri Lanka vs Ireland: Who won yesterday’s match? 

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Sri Lanka came to a clinical effect Ireland for 70 runs in game number eight T20 2021 World Cup on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi. The Lankans recovered from 8 for 3 to post a challenging 171 for 7, courtesy of the fifties from Wanindu Hasaranga (71) i Pathum Nissanka (61).

Maheesh Theekshana (3/17), Lahiru Kumara (2/22) i Chamika Karunaratne (2/27) then strangled Ireland as the side after the chase crashed to 101. Hasaranga also made a shot with the ball, finishing with four successes with outstanding numbers 1 to 12.

After the win, Sri Lanka advanced to the Super 12 stage of Group A. The competition between Namibia and Ireland on Friday will now be a knockout. The winner will be the second team from Group A to advance to the Super 12.

Ireland cheaply lost the big cannons of Kevin O’Brien (5) and Paul Stirling (7) in a challenging chase of 172. While O’Brien managed best to pull the Karunarat, Stirling swung wrongly against Theekshana to a short fine leg. Kumara juggled but kept the ball.

Ireland lost a third in powerplay as Gareth Delany’s (2) attempt to cut off Hasarang’s decay ended in breaking his stumps. Hasaranga could have had another, but the player on the short leg failed to catch the catch offered by Irish captain Andrew Balbirnie from the reverse shot. The punch celebrated its life by rattling the Karunaratne to the maximum across the flagpole. However, halfway through, Ireland was strongly at the back with 65 for 3.

Curtis Campher, 24, and Balbirnie briefly resisted, but as the required speed spiraled out of control, he was the first to be knocked down as he tried to attack Theekshan. Harry Tector (3) then handed the short ball from Kumara to the goalkeeper, while Ireland lost half of their team by 88. Neil Rock (1) was stunned as he missed the momentum, giving Theekshani a third scalp.

Balbirni’s resistance came to an end in 1941 when he stopped Kumara’s catch to score. Ireland gave up in 18.3 overs while Carunaratne cleared Josh Little (1).


In the 1950s, Hasarange and Nissanke raised Sri Lanka after a top-down collapse

Wanindu Hasaranga scored the best result with 71 for Sri Lanka.  File: T20WorldCup / Twitter
Wanindu Hasaranga scored the best result with 71 for Sri Lanka. File: T20WorldCup / Twitter

Hasaranga (71 off 47) and Nissanka (61 off 47) played good shots as Sri Lanka recovered from 8 for 3 to set a highly competitive 171 for 7. Sent to the bat after Ireland won the draw, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera (0), Dinesh Chandimal (6) and Avishka Fernando (0) within the first two overs. Hasaranga, who was promoted to fifth place, then appeared in the fourth tribune of 123 with Nissan to put Sri Lanka in first place.

Similar to the previous match against Namibia, Sri Lanka started nervously. Perera played a loose shot from Stirling towards the shelter, where the player dived and took the catch. The decision was forwarded upstairs, but the sound of a soft signal remained. Little then won two wickets from consecutive balls in his first over. Chandimal pulled an awkward cut on his stumps while Fernando cleaned up with the classic swinging delivery that beat him.

Hasaranga came with a mission to disrupt Ireland’s plans and immediately took action. After kicking Mark Adair for the limit that passed in the middle, in the back of the powerplay he hit off-spinner Simi Singh for four limits. The versatile Sri Lankan versatile made room to clean his hands and was successful in shifting delivery across the field to the side. Hasaranga then sentenced Craig Young to six in the long run as the Lankans began to take control of the proceedings.

Nissanka, who were happy with the rotation of the strike during most of the partnership, pulled the switch against Simi Singh as Sri Lanka’s changes approached halfway. A few overs later, he hit Curtis Camppher for the maximum over a wide long-on.

Hasaranga brought out his half-century of 38 balls and went on to punish Simi Singh for a few more limits. Immediately after Nissan turned fifty, Adair broke off a wonderful partnership. He forced Hasaranga to cut the slow Yorker to a point backwards.

Ireland retaliated well after pellets and a Nissan also fell in Little, trimming the delivery method off the stump. Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka (21 * off 11), however, broke several key boundaries to get the team over 170.


Sri Lanka – Ireland: Who won as a match player in yesterday’s T20 2021 World Cup match?

Hasaranga and Nissanka saved Sri Lanka with fifty penalties after an uncertain start. And Hasaranga was among the pangers, cleaning Delany with a Google. He donated only 12 in his four overs. Theekshan was once again impressed because Ireland had failed in its attempt to oppose him. He claimed 3 for 17 and the landscape of Kumara 2 for 22.

For Ireland, Little finished with a wonderful 4 to 23. He got the big scalp of Chandimal, Fernando and Bhanuke Rajapaksa to keep his side in the game. On the strike, skipper Balbirnie fought hard with a well-made 41.

Hasaranga was named player of the match because of his fantastic versatile show.


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