Sri Lanka wrapped the ODI series by 2-0 against Ireland yesterday on Saturday at Malahide, Dublin. Sri Lanka put huge total to chase on board but Ireland failed to do that. Let us see in details highlights of Sri Lanka vs Ireland 2016 2nd ODI Match.
Ireland won the toss and opted to field first. Sri Lanka batting first scored 377 for 8 in 50 overs. Out of 378 runs, 293 runs were scored by first 3 batsmen. Kushal Parera scored big century. He made 135 runs. The opening stand between Kushal Parera and Gunathilaka laid strong foundation for big total. They scored 148 runs together. Sri Lanka’s second wicket fell at 309 and Sri Lanka still had 51 balls in the innings. But in death overs Sri Lanka lost 7 wickets at regular interval. But still they managed to score 378 runs which was a huge total to chase. S Prasanna scored 95 of just 46 balls.
Ireland did not get ideal start. They lost their first wicket at the score of 26. Second wicket followed soon. The score became 39/2. In this way Ireland kept losing wickets one by one. At one stage they were 112/6. Sri Lankan bowlers were absolutely dominating. But last 4 wickets contributed 129 runs. Especially last wicket played well. Last wicket delayed the victory of Sri Lanka. Ireland lost its 9th wicket at 187. But Andy McBrine took tailender Rankin along with him. They added 54 runs together for the last wicket. But it was fruitless. They could not play entire 50 overs.Ireland lost the match eventually.
Sri Lanka won the match by 136 runs and also series by 2-0. Kusal Parera was the man of the match and Shanaka was declared as the man of the series.