T20 WC 2021, SL vs IRE: Hasaranga, Nissanka gleams as Sri Lanka beat Ireland to qualify for the Super 12s

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T20 World Cup 2021: Hasaranga, Nissanka gleams as Sri Lanka beat Ireland to qualify for the Super 12s

T20 WC 2021, SL vs IRE: The match between Ireland & Namibia is a must-win clash for both teams if they want to qualify for the T20 WC 2021. The team emerging victorious in Friday’s clash will become the second team to qualify for the Super 12s stage.

Chasing 172 runs, Ireland lost its opener, Kevin O’Brien, in the very first over to Chamika Karunaratne & embarked on a poor start. The Maheesh Theekshana took the charge & sent Paul Stirling (7) back to the pavilion. Ireland further suffered a major blow as Hasaranga removed Gareth Delany for just 2 runs & Ireland was reduced to 3-32.

Curtis Campher & Andrew Balbirnie together stitched a stunning 53 runs stand for the fourth wicket to give some relief to the Irish squad. However, their blooming partnership came to an end in the 13th over as Theekshana dismissed Curtis Campher (24) reducing Ireland to 85/4.

In the death overs, the total proved too much for Ireland to chase & thus Sri Lanka registered a 70 run win. Earlier Wanindu Hasaranga & Pathum Nissanka got off to a poor start as Sri Lanka lost its first three wickets with just eight runs on board. Paul Stirling dismissed Kusul Perera for 0 while Joshua Little sent Dinesh Chandimal (6) & Avishka Fernando (0) back to the pavilion. Hasaranga then joined hands with Nissanka in the middle overs & the duo retrieved the innings for Sri Lankans, with Hasaranga playing the role of aggressive hitter.

Hasarnga & Nissanka were blazing guns in the middle overs & at the 15th over, Sri Lanka scored read 130/3 with Sri Lanka heading ahead to score big runs. Ireland got the major breakthrough in the 16th over as Mark Adair dismissed Hasaranga (71) ending their blistering 123 run stand for the fourth wicket. In the final four overs, Sri Lanka managed to score 34 runs taking their total to 170 run mark.

T20 WC 2021, SL vs IRE, Brief Score:

Sri lanka 171/7, (Wanindu Hasaranga 71, Pathum Nissanka 61, Joshua Little 4-23) vs Ireland 101 all out (Andrew Balbirnie 41, Curtios Campher 24, Maheesh Theekshana 3-17)

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