SRI LANKA VS IRELAND are all set to square off for the super 12 games in the 15th match of the ICC T20 world cup to be held at Bellerive oval on Sunday morning.
SRILANKA vs IRELAND
Venue: The Bellerive Oval’s
DATE & TIME: 23rd OCTOBER @ 9:30 AM IST
Sri Lanka, captained by Dasun Shanaka, made an impressive start to their warm-up campaigns. Now Sri Lanka made their spot in the super 12 table.
This will be a big challenge ahead of him, but he and his side did in recently completed the Asia Cup Series with a bang and took the titles of the Asian Champions this year, ahead of the World Cup 2022.
In the last match of Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis’ outstanding 79 off 44 to reach 162 for 6 on a sluggish surface, before their spinners cut the Netherlands down – Wanindu Hasaranga getting into fine wicket-taking form ahead of the main draw of the tournament.
Sri Lanka’s spin twins of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana ripped UAE to pieces in the last match, and will have an even more significant role to play this time given some troubling injury news elsewhere in the camp.
Talking about IRELAND, Andy Balbirnie leads the side. He also played a good knock. Paul Sterling’s knock gave Ireland a good room to play.
After a brilliant show by the bowlers, their batters made light work of the run-chase as they gunned down the target with consummate ease with Paul Stirling smacking an unbeaten 66 and Lorcan Tucker with 45 runs remaining unbeaten.
What to Expect?
Both the Underdog teams have been showing good cricket in the past few matches. Here, Sri Lanka is the strongest in both. They may get the benefits of some of the experienced players in the team. Whereas IRELAND has not had enough of the experience. Both the teams have their players in form performing back-to-back in the matches played in the past
The Bellerive Oval’s pitch has historically been excellent for batting. Teams batting first have amassed more than 150 runs in 32 of the 39 T20 matches played at this location. In Hobart, teams that bat first and second have both had success.When comparing pace and spin, the spinners have had far more success at Bellerive Oval. At the venue.
SRI vs IRE Probable Playing XIs
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c). Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
Who will win?
Sri Lanka is one of the strong favourites and they are carrying the momentum from the Asia cup championship. The side is more balanced, both on and off the paper. And will most likely start their super 12 campaign with a win in their first game.
However, they need to be aware of team IRELAND, as the side holds the ability to turn the tables at any point in the game.