Sri Lanka thrash Ireland to reach Super 12s

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Sri Lanka’s bowlers turned on the heat to bowl out Ireland for 101 in 18.3 overs

Sri Lanka thrashed Ireland by 70 runs to register their second successive win in the Twenty20 World Cup Wednesday and qualify for the Super 12 stage.

Wanindu Hasaranga, who smashed 71, and Pathum Nissanka, who made 61, put on a key stand of 123 to guide Sri Lanka to 171 for seven after being in trouble at 8/3 in the first-round match in Abu Dhabi.

Paul Stirling claimed the wicket of Kusal Perera for nought on the second ball of the innings and soon Joshua Little took two in two to send back Dinesh Chandimal and Avishka Fernando.
Hasaranga, an allrounder who bowls leg-spin, took the attack to the opposition with four straight boundaries off spinner Simi Singh to lay the foundation for Sri Lanka’s challenging total.

He raised his maiden T20 international fifty in 38 balls and kept up the charge to punish the Ireland bowlers, including a towering six before falling to Mark Adair.
Nissanka was equally efficient and also recorded his first fifty in the shortest international format as he hit six fours and one six in his 47-ball knock.

Little returned impressive figure of 4/23 – his T20 best – including Nissanka’s scalp from his four overs of left-arm pace.

Adair claimed his 50th T20I wicket before Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka finished the innings with a six and a four in his unbeaten 21 off 11 balls.

Sri Lanka’s bowlers, led by spinner Maheesh Theekshana who returned figure of 3/17, then turned on the heat to bowl out Ireland for 101 in 18.3 overs.
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