Sri Lanka and Ireland Both teams must be high on confidence after their wins over Namibia and Netherlands.
Sri Lanka and Ireland are set to face each other in Match No.8 of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday. This match is on October 20 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Lankans got off to an impressive start after they defeated Namibia by seven wickets in their opening game on Monday.
The Islanders bowled Namibia out for 96 after which Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksha took them home. Ireland, on the other hand, will be going into the game after thrashing the Netherlands by seven wickets on Monday. Curtis Campher was on top of his game as he picked up a hat-trick.
Match – Sri Lanka vs Ireland – Match 8
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network
The pitch in Abu Dhabi hasn’t been a favorable one for batting. The bowlers have dictated terms thus far. Chasing has been easier. The batters need to gauge the conditions before going for shots on the up. A high-scoring game doesn’t seem to be on the cards.
Average score: 101 (2 T20Is in Abu Dhabi in T20 World Cup 2021)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 0, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs
Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Bench: Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando
Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Neil Rock (wk), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Benjamin White, Joshua Little
Bench: George Dockrell, Craig Young, Andy McBrine, Lorcan Tucker
Matches- 1, Sri Lanka – 1, Ireland – 0, N/R- 0
The probable best batter of the match
Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka)
Kusal Perera is someone, who can take a game away from the opposition with his audacious stroke-play in the powerplay. The southpaw prefers to go after the bowling right from the word go. In the first match against Namibia, he started with two glorious fours. But he got out to Ruben Trumpelmann while trying to go aerial on the offside.
Probable best bowler of the match
Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)
Wanindu Hasaranga has tasted a lot of success in his short T20 career thus far. In the previous game against Namibia, the leg-spinner bowled well. The tweaker picked up two wickets of Craig Williams and Loftie-Eaton and gave away only 24 runs off four overs. Not to forget that Hasaranga can wield the willow to good effect with the bat as well.