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Cricket Free Tips | ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Match 8: Sri Lanka vs Ireland

Sri Lanka will face Ireland in the first round of the T20 World Cup 2021. With 39 balls remaining, Sri Lanka cruised to a 7-wicket victory over Namibia in their opening match. Maheesh Theekshana was outstanding with the bat, taking key wickets. Sri Lanka was comfortably able to return home thanks to Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa. They are the overwhelming favourites to win Group A.

Ireland, on the other hand, defeated the Netherlands by seven wickets in their first match. Curtis Campher and Mark Adair bowled brilliantly to help Ireland restrict the Netherlands to 106 runs. To beat Sri Lanka, they’ll have to fight tooth and nail.

 

Weather
It will be another dry evening with a temperature of 31 degrees.

 

Pitch
The pitch in Abu Dhabi is a little slower, so batters will have to dig for their runs. The ball should slide on nicely early on, but batters should be aware of movement off the surface. Given the turn available, the spinners will come into play as the match goes. Both teams will need to have wickets in hand, with 150-160 being the norm at this ground.

 

Probable Playing XIs
Sri Lanka:
Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dusmantha Chameera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara
Ireland:
Andy Balbirnie (c), Neil Rock (wk), Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Josh Little, Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Paul Stirling, Simi Singh, Ben White

 

Sri Lanka vs Ireland – Match 8, Dream 11:
Kusal Perera (c&wk), Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Joshua Little

 

Prediction
Match winner

  • Sri Lanka

Winning the toss

  • Sri Lanka 

Top Batsman

  • Sri Lanka – Bhanuka Rajapaksa
  • Ireland – Paul Stirling

Top Bowler

  • Sri Lanka – Dushmantha Chameera
  • Ireland – Curtis Campher

Most Sixes 

  • Sri Lanka – Avishka Fernando
  • Ireland – Paul Stirling

Player of the Match

  • Sri Lanka – Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Team Scores Batting First 

  • Sri Lanka – 160+
  • Ireland – 140+

 

The two match-winners from Monday will face off knowing that a win will go a long way toward securing their position in the Super12s stage. In this encounter, they will be put to the test significantly harder, and we expect a competitive game with Sri Lanka winning. Let’s enjoy this exciting T20 match with Baji now!

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