Hobart. Injury-battered Sri Lanka has called up three players in the team to deal with any adverse situation in the T20 World Cup. Its information has been found in a report. Sri Lanka were forced to bring in Ashen Bandara, who has been injured (groin), in place of their main batsman Pathum Nisanka for the Super 12 match against Ireland on Sunday. During the qualifying round, three Sri Lankan cricketers – Dilshan Madushanka, Dushmanta Chamira and Danishka Gunatilke – had to be ruled out with injuries, while Pramod Madushan and Nisanka also remained in the squad with minor injuries.
According to the report of ‘islandcricket.lk’, ‘Due to the injuries of five players during the qualifying round of the T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka decided to include more reserve players to deal with any adverse situation.’ According to the report, ‘Wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella, fast bowler Asita Fernando and Mathisha Pathirana will leave this week with High Performance Chief Tim McCaskill.’
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Sri Lanka beat Ireland by nine wickets
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, registered a nine-wicket win over Ireland in the T20 World Cup Super 12 match on Sunday with Kusal Mendis scoring an unbeaten half-century after a scintillating performance by the bowlers. Ireland won the toss and decided to bat. The Sri Lankan bowlers took wickets at frequent intervals, due to which the Ireland team could not make any big partnership and could manage only 128 runs for eight wickets. Among the Sri Lankan bowlers, 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.
Sri Lanka achieved victory with 30 balls to spare
Harry Tector was the top scorer for Ireland with 45 runs (two fours, one six) in 42 balls, while Paul Sterling contributed 34 runs in 25 balls (four fours and two sixes). Chasing this small target, Sri Lanka did not feel any pressure. In the first match of the qualifying round, the team that lost to weak Namibia won by scoring 133 runs for one wicket in five overs. Kusal Mendis scored an unbeaten 63 off 43 balls while Charith Asalanka contributed 31 not out off 22 balls. Dhananjay de Silva also scored 31 runs in 25 balls.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 23, 2022, 14:42 IST