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T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka’s great start, beat the opposition team by 9 wickets

Hobart. In the third match of the ICC T20 World Cup Super-12, Sri Lanka, the winners of the Asia Cup, defeated Aarland by 9 wickets on Sunday. The target of 129 runs from Ireland was easily achieved by the Asian team losing 1 wicket with 30 balls to spare. Kusal Mendis played an unbeaten innings of 68 runs in 43 balls for Sri Lanka. During this, 5 fours and 3 sixes came off his bat. Along with him, Charit Aslanka also remained unbeaten on 31 runs in 22 balls.

Sri Lanka’s lone wicket fell from Dhananjaya de Silva. He scored 31 runs in 25 balls before getting out. For the first wicket, there was a partnership of 63 runs in 50 balls between Dhananjaya and Kusal. For Ireland, only Gareth Delany got a breakthrough. He took the wicket of Dhananjaya for 28 runs in 4 overs. Apart from this, none of the bowlers could get wickets.

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Earlier, Sri Lankan bowlers had a scintillating performance with wickets at frequent intervals as Ireland could manage only 128 for eight in the T20 World Cup Super 12 match here. Harry Tector, who won the toss and elected to bat, was the top scorer in 42 balls with 45 runs (two fours, one six), while Paul Sterling contributed 34 runs in 25 balls (four fours and two sixes). For Sri Lanka, Mahish Teekshana took two wickets for 19 runs and Wanindu Hasaranga took two wickets for 25 runs. Lahiru Kumara, Dhananjay de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando took one wicket each.

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Lost the wicket of Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie early on, who was bowled by Lahiru Kumara. Lokran Tucker (10 runs) was also dismissed in the same manner. Sterling, who played a key role in taking Ireland to the Super 12 stage, scored 66 runs, started playing in an aggressive style, but Bhanuka Rajapaksa took a brilliant catch at deep extra cover. Curtis Kemper could only last four balls, which made Ireland’s score 60 for four.

Tector and George Dockrell put on 47 runs in 41 balls for the fifth wicket as Ireland crossed the 100-run mark. Dockrell’s (14 off 16 balls) came to an end soon after. Gareth Delana (09) and Mark Adair were dismissed within three balls in the 19th over, which was dismissed by Hasaranga.

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