Sri Lanka thrash Ireland in World Cup qualifying


Posted by Editor on June 26, 2023 – 7:31 am

Dimuth Karunaratne - Sri Lanka Cricketer

Dimuth Karunaratne’s hundred set Sri Lanka up for an enormous win over Eire. (Photograph by Ishara S. KODIKARA)

Sri Lanka powered into the Tremendous Six stage of the Cricket World Cup qualifying match with a crushing 133-run win over Eire on Sunday that eradicated their opponents.

The consequence additionally assured Scotland and Oman will be a part of Sri Lanka in progressing from Group B.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne made a run-a-ball 103 and Sadeera Samarawickrama hit 82 as Sri Lanka compiled an imposing whole of 325 all out off 49.5 overs after being put in to bat in Bulawayo.

Mark Adair took 4-46 and Barry McCarthy claimed 3-56 however Eire’s tempo spearhead Josh Little conceded 78 runs in eight wicketless overs.

Karunaratne and Samarawickrama placed on 168 for the third wicket after Kusal Mendis was trapped lbw first ball by McCarthy.

Charith Asalanka (38) and Dhananjaya de Silva (42 not out) additionally chipped in as Eire sought to restrict the harm within the closing overs.

Eire wanted a victory to maintain their qualification hopes alive, however they misplaced skilled opener Paul Stirling for six and the wheels quickly got here off.

Captain Andy Balbirnie’s dismissal diminished Eire to 57-3 and Lorcan Tucker was bowled for a duck the subsequent over earlier than Wanindu Hasaranga pinned Harry Tector in entrance for 33.

Curtis Campher, who made a century within the gut-wrenching loss to Scotland, briefly countered in his knock of 39 however as soon as he top-edged to the wicketkeeper Eire had been all however doomed.

Hasaranga completed with 5-79, giving the Sri Lankan leg-spinner 16 wickets in three qualifiers to date in Zimbabwe.

(Supply: AFP)

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