Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 2014 / Commentary

Sri Lanka in Ireland ODI Series - 1st ODI

Ireland v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 79 runs

Welcome along to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the first ODI between Ireland and Sri Lanka from Clontarf in Dublin.

This is Conor Hayes and I will be bringing you the action as Sri Lanka gear up for their upcoming tour of England while Ireland will be hoping for another full member scalp to add to their collection.

Angelo Matthews' side have rested some of their big names for the two games while Ireland have stuck with the group who traveled to the West Indies and to the World T20 in Bangladesh over the winter.

Sri Lanka have contested one ODI against Ireland in which they routed the men in green during the Super 8 stages at the World Cup in 2007.

That will count for little seven years on and Ireland always fancy their chances at home, this time last year in the same ground they tied with Pakistan in one match while throwing away a winning position in the other.

Every staging of a cricket match like this in Ireland is accompanied by furrowed looks at the weather forecast and while it's dry here at the moment, some heavy showers are expected later in the day.

The crowd is slowly filling up and given that a sizable group of Sri Lankans greeted their heroes at Dublin Airport upon their arrival on Saturday, we can expect passionate support for both sides in the ground today.

I can report that Ireland have won the toss and will bowl .

Ireland leave McBrine and Poynter from their match squad, while DeSilva, Prasad, Dickwella and Eranga miss out for Sri Lanka.

0.1

Murtagh to Perera, no run, left alone outside off stump to begin.

0.2

Murtagh to Perera, no run, and again no shot played to that one

0.3

Murtagh to Perera, no run, down the leg side off the pads and to the keeper, appeal but nothing given

0.4

Murtagh to Perera, OUT, finds the edge and it's a wonderful flying catch by Kevin O'Brien diving to his left at second slip, good start for Ireland

MDKJ Perera c KJ O'Brien b Murtagh 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.5

Murtagh to Thirimanne, no run, no shot played again and through to Wilson

0.6

Murtagh to Thirimanne, 1 run, lofted straight drive, mistimed but it's the first runs of the innings

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (2b)      TJ Murtagh    1-0-1-1
WU Tharanga    0* (0b)     

1.1

Sorensen to Thirimanne, 1 run, flicked down to fine leg

1.2

Sorensen to Tharanga, 1 wide, down the leg side

1.2

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, play and miss outside off stump

1.3

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, steered to Portefield at midwicket

1.4

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, driven back to the bowler, well fielded by Sorensen

1.5

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, pushes at that one, doesen't find the edge though

1.6

Sorensen to Tharanga, 3 runs, flicked away out towards deep midwicket

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 6/1 (RR: 3.00)
WU Tharanga    3* (5b)      MC Sorensen    1-0-5-0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (3b)      TJ Murtagh    1-0-1-1

2.1

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, lets that one go through to Wilson

2.2

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, defended into the off side, accurate so far from Murtagh

2.3

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, not too far from the edge once again, batsman not looking comfortable

2.4

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, pushed to mid-off and it's fielded with ease

2.5

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, thick edge which goes towards backward point

2.6

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, blocked away to mid-off and that's a maiden

End of over 3 (maiden) Sri Lanka 6/1 (RR: 2.00)
WU Tharanga    3* (11b)      TJ Murtagh    2-1-1-1
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (3b)      MC Sorensen    1-0-5-0

3.1

Sorensen to Thirimanne, 2 runs, flicked away toward cow corner for a couple

3.2

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, inside edge onto the pads and out to point

3.3

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, back of a length and it's pushed back to the bowler

3.4

Sorensen to Thirimanne, 1 run, steered away and Joyce can't stop it at gully

3.5

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, no shot played there and Wilson collects

3.6

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, blocked back to Sorensen, better over this time

End of over 4 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1 (RR: 2.25)
WU Tharanga    3* (13b)      MC Sorensen    2-0-8-0
HDRL Thirimanne    5* (7b)      TJ Murtagh    2-1-1-1

4.1

Murtagh to Thirimanne, no run, another one that is left alone

4.2

Murtagh to Thirimanne, no run, defended into the leg side and that's another dot

4.3

Murtagh to Thirimanne, 1 run, strays towards leg there and it's turned to fine leg for a single

4.4

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, driven well but it's stopped by Thompson coming in from mid-off

4.5

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, pushed again into the off side and again Thompson fields

4.6

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, played off the back foot and again the man at mid-off fields

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 10/1 (RR: 2.00)
WU Tharanga    3* (16b)      TJ Murtagh    3-1-2-1
HDRL Thirimanne    6* (10b)      MC Sorensen    2-0-8-0

5.1

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, blocked away towards mid-on

5.2

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, no shot played to that delivery

5.3

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, and again that's left alone. tight stuff from Ireland

5.4

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, widish but batsman isn't tempted into a shot

5.5

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, mis-timed drive into midwicket and Dockrell fields

5.6

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, defended into the leg side and that completes another tight over

End of over 6 (maiden) Sri Lanka 10/1 (RR: 1.66)
HDRL Thirimanne    6* (16b)      MC Sorensen    3-1-8-0
WU Tharanga    3* (16b)      TJ Murtagh    3-1-2-1

6.1

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run

6.2

Murtagh to Tharanga, 1 run, quick single taken in the covers

6.3

Murtagh to Thirimanne, no run, defended out towards point

6.4

Murtagh to Thirimanne, 1 run, flicked away into the leg side and mid-on comes round to field

6.5

Murtagh to Tharanga, FOUR, perfect length for the batsman and he duly smashes it away to long-off for the first boundary

6.6

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 16/1 (RR: 2.28)
WU Tharanga    8* (20b 1x4)      TJ Murtagh    4-1-8-1
HDRL Thirimanne    7* (18b)      MC Sorensen    3-1-8-0

7.1

Sorensen to Thirimanne, no run, no shot played and Wilson gathers

7.2

Sorensen to Thirimanne, 1 run, loses the line and it's swiftly guided down to fine leg

7.3

Sorensen to Tharanga, FOUR, short and wide and it's pulled away to cow corner, a poor delivery is punished

7.4

Sorensen to Tharanga, FOUR, fantastic cover drive and the Sri Lankan fans begin to make some noise

7.5

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, struck high on the pads, better delivery from Sorensen

7.6

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, tries another drive but doesen't catch this one and it's well fielded in the covers

End of over 8 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 25/1 (RR: 3.12)
WU Tharanga    16* (24b 3x4)      MC Sorensen    4-1-17-0
HDRL Thirimanne    8* (20b)      TJ Murtagh    4-1-8-1

8.1

Cusack to Thirimanne, no run, turned away towards midwicket

8.2

Cusack to Thirimanne, no run, defended into the off side

8.3

Cusack to Thirimanne, no run, driven firmly to mid-off

8.4

Cusack to Thirimanne, OUT, and the change works, flashing drive and it finds a thin outside edge which Wilson takes

HDRL Thirimanne c †Wilson b Cusack 8 (24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

8.5

Cusack to Chandimal, 1 run, flicked away down to fine leg to get off the mark

8.6

Cusack to Tharanga, 1 run, quick single taken in the leg side

End of over 9 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 27/2 (RR: 3.00)
WU Tharanga    17* (25b 3x4)      AR Cusack    1-0-2-1
LD Chandimal    1* (1b)      MC Sorensen    4-1-17-0

9.1

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, Murtagh switches end and it's left alone by the batsman

9.2

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, pushes it into the off side

9.3

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, edged but it just didn't carry to first slip, although perhaps Wilson could have got it

9.4

Murtagh to Tharanga, 1 run, turned away fine for a single, Wilson didn't move for that last chance, a dive may have gathered that edge

9.5

Murtagh to Chandimal, no run, no shot played and Wilson collects

9.6

Murtagh to Chandimal, no run, defended into the off side

End of over 10 (1 run) Sri Lanka 28/2 (RR: 2.80)
LD Chandimal    1* (3b)      TJ Murtagh    5-1-9-1
WU Tharanga    18* (29b 3x4)      AR Cusack    1-0-2-1

10.1

Cusack to Tharanga, no run, defended into the covers

10.2

Cusack to Tharanga, no run, accurate line and length and it can only be blocked into the off side

10.3

Cusack to Tharanga, no run, pushed at that and it's not too far from the edge

10.4

Cusack to Tharanga, no run, leaves that well alone, good delivery

10.5

Cusack to Tharanga, no run, hit away but not timed and mid-on fields

10.6

Cusack to Tharanga, no run, pushed towward cover, thinks about a single but his partner sends him back

End of over 11 (maiden) Sri Lanka 28/2 (RR: 2.54)
WU Tharanga    18* (35b 3x4)      AR Cusack    2-1-2-1
LD Chandimal    1* (3b)      TJ Murtagh    5-1-9-1

11.1

Murtagh to Chandimal, no run, pushed into the off side, and the Irish skipper comes in to field

11.2

Murtagh to Chandimal, no run, again it's a good accurate delivery and it can only be prodded to mid-off

11.3

Murtagh to Chandimal, 1 run, great stop by Porterfield at mid-on prevents more runs

11.4

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, driven firmly but directly to cover

11.5

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, played off the back foot into the covers

11.6

Murtagh to Tharanga, no run, plays and misses to that one, Irish fielders roar their encouragement

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 29/2 (RR: 2.41)
WU Tharanga    18* (38b 3x4)      TJ Murtagh    6-1-10-1
LD Chandimal    2* (6b)      AR Cusack    2-1-2-1

12.1

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, no shot played to that one

12.2

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, driven into the covers

12.3

Cusack to Chandimal, FOUR, nicely flicked all the way to the cow corner boundary

12.4

Cusack to Chandimal, 3 runs, very similar shot but this time it's pulled in just before reaching the rope

12.5

Cusack to Tharanga, 1 run, driven straight and they pick up a single

12.6

Cusack to Chandimal, 1 run, another single straight, and a good over for Sri Lanka

End of over 13 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 38/2 (RR: 2.92)
LD Chandimal    10* (11b 1x4)      AR Cusack    3-1-11-1
WU Tharanga    19* (39b 3x4)      TJ Murtagh    6-1-10-1

13.1

Thompson to Chandimal, no run, no shot played and it goes through to Wilson

13.2

Thompson to Chandimal, no run, driven softly into the covers

13.3

Thompson to Chandimal, no run, flicked away into the leg side

13.4

Thompson to Chandimal, no run, driven directly to mid-off

13.5

Thompson to Chandimal, 1 wide, short and down the leg side

13.5

Thompson to Chandimal, no run, finds his line again and it's blocked into the covers

13.6

Thompson to Chandimal, 1 run, quick single taken to mid-on, some confusion with the running but Murtagh fails to pick up, possible run out chance

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 40/2 (RR: 2.85)
LD Chandimal    11* (17b 1x4)      SR Thompson    1-0-2-0
WU Tharanga    19* (39b 3x4)      AR Cusack    3-1-11-1

14.1

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, played back to the bowler, batsman sets off for reasons only known to himself, Cusack misses with his throw, may have been close

14.2

Cusack to Chandimal, 1 run, turned into the leg side for a single

14.3

Cusack to Tharanga, 1 run, steered down to third man for another single

14.4

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, pushed into the leg side and mid-on fields

14.5

Cusack to Chandimal, FOUR, comes down the pitch and touch and hits a lovely straight drive all the way to the boundary

14.6

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, bit shorter and it's defended on the back foot back to the bowler

End of over 15 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 46/2 (RR: 3.06)
LD Chandimal    16* (22b 2x4)      AR Cusack    4-1-17-1
WU Tharanga    20* (40b 3x4)      SR Thompson    1-0-2-0

15.1

Thompson to Tharanga, 1 run, quick single to mid-on, good cricket

15.2

Thompson to Chandimal, FOUR, smashing cover drive which is beautifully timed and it beats the fielder to the rope

15.3

Thompson to Chandimal, 1 run, wristily flicked to deep square leg

15.4

Thompson to Tharanga, no run, stops the bleeding there as the batsman leaves that alone

15.5

Thompson to Tharanga, no run, blocked away into the covers

15.6

Thompson to Tharanga, 1 run, strays down leg and it's turned to fine leg

End of over 16 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 53/2 (RR: 3.31)
WU Tharanga    22* (44b 3x4)      SR Thompson    2-0-9-0
LD Chandimal    21* (24b 3x4)      AR Cusack    4-1-17-1

16.1

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, pushed into the off side to a short cover

16.2

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, tunred towards midwicket where Dockrell fields

16.3

Sorensen to Tharanga, no run, blocked towards mid-off

16.4

Sorensen to Tharanga, 1 run, cracked away but the sweeper prevents the boundary

16.5

Sorensen to Chandimal, no run, fullish delivery which is blocked towards cover

16.6

Sorensen to Chandimal, no run, defended back to the bowler, decent over from Sorensen

End of over 17 (1 run) Sri Lanka 54/2 (RR: 3.17)
LD Chandimal    21* (26b 3x4)      MC Sorensen    5-1-18-0
WU Tharanga    23* (48b 3x4)      SR Thompson    2-0-9-0

17.1

Thompson to Tharanga, 1 wide, no run, down the leg side

17.1

Thompson to Tharanga, no run, driven firmly but big Kevin O'Brien makes a good stop

17.2

Thompson to Tharanga, no run, widish but the batsman watches it go by

17.3

Thompson to Tharanga, 1 run, quick single taken in the leg side, Niall O'Brien elects not to have a shy at the stumps

17.4

Thompson to Chandimal, no run, played to mid-off where the Irish skipper fields

17.5

Thompson to Chandimal, 1 run, single taken to fine leg

17.6

Thompson to Tharanga, OUT, and a breathrough, pushes at a widish one with not a lot of confidence and a this edge is found, he walks as Thompson celebrates

WU Tharanga c †Wilson b Thompson 24 (52b 3x4 0x6) SR: 46.15

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 57/3 (RR: 3.16)
     SR Thompson    3-0-12-1
LD Chandimal    22* (28b 3x4)      MC Sorensen    5-1-18-0

18.1

Sorensen to Chandimal, no run, defended into the leg side

18.2

Sorensen to Chandimal, 1 run, turned firmly to deep midwicket

18.3

Sorensen to Mathews, no run, dabbed down to backward point and there's nothing there

18.4

Sorensen to Mathews, no run, defended back to the bowler

18.5

Sorensen to Mathews, no run, pushed towards mid-on

18.6

Sorensen to Mathews, no run, hit hard but nicely stopped by Sorensen off his own bowling, another good over from Ireland

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 58/3 (RR: 3.05)
AD Mathews    0* (4b)      MC Sorensen    6-1-19-0
LD Chandimal    23* (30b 3x4)      SR Thompson    3-0-12-1

19.1

Thompson to Chandimal, no run, smashed but a fantastic stop by Porterfield at backward point, he really is a marvellous fielder

19.2

Thompson to Chandimal, 1 run, turned away this time out to deep midwicket

19.3

Thompson to Mathews, 1 run, flicked backward of square and Joyce fields

19.4

Thompson to Chandimal, 1 run, hammered through the covers and the sweeper fields

19.5

Thompson to Mathews, no run, mis-timed drive towards mid-off, skipper does not look too comfortable at the moment

19.6

Thompson to Mathews, FOUR, hit hard in the air and Thompson dives and just gets his hand to it, would have been the catch of the decade, flies then straight to the rope

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 65/3 (RR: 3.25)
AD Mathews    5* (7b 1x4)      SR Thompson    4-0-19-1
LD Chandimal    25* (33b 3x4)      MC Sorensen    6-1-19-0

20.1

Sorensen to Chandimal, no run, defended into the leg side

20.2

Sorensen to Chandimal, 2 runs, turned away out to cow corner for a couple

20.3

Sorensen to Chandimal, no run, blocked back to the bowler

20.4

Sorensen to Chandimal, no run, driven directly to Kevin O'Brien at cover

20.5

Sorensen to Chandimal, no run, pushed to mid-on and it's another dot

20.6

Sorensen to Chandimal, 1 run, played out to deep midwicket and they refuse the second run

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 68/3 (RR: 3.23)
LD Chandimal    28* (39b 3x4)      MC Sorensen    7-1-22-0
AD Mathews    5* (7b 1x4)      SR Thompson    4-0-19-1

Spin for the first time today, Dockrell

21.1

Dockrell to Chandimal, no run, plays and misses a leg side flick

21.2

Dockrell to Chandimal, 1 run, does not get the sweep perfect but it's enough for a single

21.3

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, forward defensive played to that one

21.4

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, played off the back foot and it's well fielded by the bowler

21.5

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, just tapped into the leg side and the non-striker is called back

21.6

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, defended into the leg side, nice start for Dockrell

End of over 22 (1 run) Sri Lanka 69/3 (RR: 3.13)
AD Mathews    5* (11b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    1-0-1-0
LD Chandimal    29* (41b 3x4)      MC Sorensen    7-1-22-0

22.1

Cusack to Chandimal, 1 run, played through a vacant midwicket for a single

22.2

Cusack to Mathews, no run, full and he plays at that late but gets it away and into the covers in time

22.3

Cusack to Mathews, no run, defedned off the back foot and a loud shout of 'NO' from the skipper as a fielder comes running in from the leg side

22.4

Cusack to Mathews, no run, hit hard and it's a great stop by Cusack to prevent maybe four runs

22.5

Cusack to Mathews, no run, nice accurate stuff and it can only be defended back to the bowler

22.6

Cusack to Mathews, no run, fielded by Sorensen at mid-on

End of over 23 (1 run) Sri Lanka 70/3 (RR: 3.04)
AD Mathews    5* (16b 1x4)      AR Cusack    5-1-18-1
LD Chandimal    30* (42b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    1-0-1-0

23.1

Dockrell to Chandimal, no run, flicked very fine and the man is up stopping the single

23.2

Dockrell to Chandimal, 1 run, dangerous single taken to a short cover, the throw is ok and Wilson removes the bails, appeal but the umpire is unmoved, no tv replay here

23.3

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, defended into the off side

23.4

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, and another forward defensive played to that one

23.5

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, nearly gets through his defenses but it hits him on the body, another good over from the young spinner

23.6

Dockrell to Mathews, no run

End of over 24 (1 run) Sri Lanka 71/3 (RR: 2.95)
AD Mathews    5* (20b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    2-0-2-0
LD Chandimal    31* (44b 3x4)      AR Cusack    5-1-18-1

24.1

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, played towards mid-on

24.2

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, driven into the covers and Dockrell judges it well to stop a run

24.3

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, big swing of the bat but it misses everything and through to Wilson who is standing up to the stumps

24.4

Cusack to Chandimal, no run, blocked away into the off side

24.5

Cusack to Chandimal, 1 run, quick single taken to mid-off, Dockrell hits the stumps but he was home

24.6

Cusack to Mathews, FOUR, dances down the track and hammers it past mid-off and to the rope

End of over 25 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 76/3 (RR: 3.04)
AD Mathews    9* (21b 2x4)      AR Cusack    6-1-23-1
LD Chandimal    32* (49b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    2-0-2-0

25.1

Dockrell to Chandimal, 2 runs, swept to deep backward square and it's well fielded at the rope by Kevin O'Brien

25.2

Dockrell to Chandimal, 1 run, steered down to long-off

25.3

Dockrell to Mathews, no run

25.4

Dockrell to Mathews, FOUR, too short and it's easily pulled away to deep midwicket

25.5

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, better delivery and it's blocked away

25.6

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, misjudges that completely and an edge is almost found

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 83/3 (RR: 3.19)
AD Mathews    13* (25b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    3-0-9-0
LD Chandimal    35* (51b 3x4)      AR Cusack    6-1-23-1

26.1

KJ O'Brien to Chandimal, no run, left alone and Wilson also stands up to the stumps for O'Brien

26.2

KJ O'Brien to Chandimal, no run, big swing and miss by the batsman

26.3

KJ O'Brien to Chandimal, no run, driven to mid-on, Matthews wanted one but is sent back

26.4

KJ O'Brien to Chandimal, 2 runs, driven to Joyce at mid-off, they are home but Joyce hits the stumps, they get an overthrow

26.5

KJ O'Brien to Chandimal, 1 wide, down the leg side and half hearted appeal for an edge

26.5

KJ O'Brien to Chandimal, 1 run, turned into the leg side for a single

26.6

KJ O'Brien to Mathews, no run, defended on the back foot to a short cover

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 87/3 (RR: 3.22)
AD Mathews    13* (26b 3x4)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-4-0
LD Chandimal    38* (56b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    3-0-9-0

27.1

Dockrell to Chandimal, no run, pushed back to the bowler

27.2

Dockrell to Chandimal, 1 run, comes down the pitch and calmly plays it to long-off

27.3

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, defended into the covers

27.4

Dockrell to Mathews, 1 run, hacked away out to the sweeper in the deep

27.5

Dockrell to Chandimal, no run, pushed back to Dockrell, bit uppish but it does not come near to carrying

27.6

Dockrell to Chandimal, no run, pushed back towards the bowler

End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 89/3 (RR: 3.17)
LD Chandimal    39* (60b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    4-0-11-0
AD Mathews    14* (28b 3x4)      KJ O'Brien    1-0-4-0

28.1

KJ O'Brien to Mathews, 1 run, strays leg side and it's guided to fine leg

28.2

KJ O'Brien to Chandimal, OUT, hit hard but in the air back to the bowler and he stoops down and plucks it out of the air, the second brilliant catch by Kevin O'Brien this innings

LD Chandimal c & b KJ O'Brien 39 (61b 3x4 0x6) SR: 63.93

28.3

KJ O'Brien to Vithanage, no run, no shot played to begin his innings

28.4

KJ O'Brien to Vithanage, FOUR, almost lazily drives him through the covers, lovely shot

28.5

KJ O'Brien to Vithanage, 1 run, flicked behind square leg for a single

28.6

KJ O'Brien to Mathews, no run, turned into the midwicket region and the non-striker is called back by his skipper

End of over 29 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 95/4 (RR: 3.27)
AD Mathews    15* (30b 3x4)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-10-1
KDK Vithanage    5* (3b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    4-0-11-0

29.1

Stirling to Vithanage, no run, well stopped by Porterfield at cover

29.2

Stirling to Vithanage, OUT, and another one goes, Stirling finds the outside and edge and Joyce takes a simple catch at first slip, Sri Lanka in some bother

KDK Vithanage c Joyce b Stirling 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

29.3

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run

29.4

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run, comes down the pitch but defends

29.5

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run, again comes down the pitch and defends, trying to avoid the leg before

29.6

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run, defended into the leg side, Stirling with a crucial strike in that over

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 95/5 (RR: 3.16)
SMA Priyanjan    0* (4b)      PR Stirling    1-1-0-1
AD Mathews    15* (30b 3x4)      KJ O'Brien    2-0-10-1

30.1

Dockrell to Mathews, 3 wides, way down the leg side and the keeper can't collect

30.1

Dockrell to Mathews, 1 run

30.2

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, big lbw appeal but the umpire is unmoved, outside the line of off stump perhaps

30.3

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, tapped into the leg side and the batsman is sent back by his partner

30.4

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, defended back to the bowler

30.5

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, and again it's just blocked away, pressure building

30.6

Dockrell to Priyanjan, 1 leg bye, inside edge which loops off the pads and into midwicket to bring up the hundred

End of over 31 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 100/5 (RR: 3.22)
SMA Priyanjan    0* (9b)      GH Dockrell    5-0-15-0
AD Mathews    16* (31b 3x4)      PR Stirling    1-1-0-1

31.1

Stirling to Priyanjan, 1 run, quick single taken to point

31.2

Stirling to Mathews, no run, defended into the off side

31.3

Stirling to Mathews, 1 run, cut away to backward point

31.4

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run, forward defensive into the leg side

31.5

Stirling to Priyanjan, FOUR, shorter and it's cuts away through the off side and to the rope, boundary to lift the siege

31.6

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run, confusion with the running but Matthews gets back in time

End of over 32 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 106/5 (RR: 3.31)
SMA Priyanjan    5* (13b 1x4)      PR Stirling    2-1-6-1
AD Mathews    17* (33b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    5-0-15-0

32.1

Dockrell to Mathews, 1 run, flicked towards square leg

32.2

Dockrell to Priyanjan, 1 run, blocked back towards the bowler

32.3

Dockrell to Mathews, no run, turned through midwicket for another single

32.4

Dockrell to Mathews, 1 run, well stopped by Porterfield in the covers

32.5

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, played softly to mid-on

32.6

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, played softly to mid-on

End of over 33 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 109/5 (RR: 3.30)
SMA Priyanjan    6* (16b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    6-0-18-0
AD Mathews    19* (36b 3x4)      PR Stirling    2-1-6-1

33.1

Stirling to Mathews, 1 run, quick single taken in the leg side

33.2

Stirling to Priyanjan, 1 run, and again it's flicked in to the leg side for a single

33.3

Stirling to Mathews, no run, tries the same but it is directly to Porterfield this time

33.4

Stirling to Mathews, no run, turned fine but the man is up

33.5

Stirling to Mathews, no run, played back to the bowler, Sri Lankan drums at the ground begin to stir again

33.6

Stirling to Mathews, no run, defended into midwicket to complete another tight over

End of over 34 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 111/5 (RR: 3.26)
AD Mathews    20* (41b 3x4)      PR Stirling    3-1-8-1
SMA Priyanjan    7* (17b 1x4)      GH Dockrell    6-0-18-0

34.1

Dockrell to Priyanjan, FOUR, comes down the pitch and lofts it to cow corner for a boundary, one bounce and four

34.2

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, does not take the bait this time and defends back to the bowler

34.3

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, driven softly into the covers

34.4

Dockrell to Priyanjan, 1 run, played out to deep midwicket

34.5

Dockrell to Mathews, 1 run, guided down to long-on

34.6

Dockrell to Priyanjan, 1 run, bit of nurdling going on now, pushed out to the sweeper

End of over 35 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 118/5 (RR: 3.37)
SMA Priyanjan    13* (22b 2x4)      GH Dockrell    7-0-25-0
AD Mathews    21* (42b 3x4)      PR Stirling    3-1-8-1

Powerplay overs begin, big moment in the match one feels.

35.1

Stirling to Priyanjan, 1 run, turned to square leg

35.2

Stirling to Mathews, no run, pushed back to the bowler

35.3

Stirling to Mathews, 1 wide, down the leg side

35.3

Stirling to Mathews, 1 run, played down to long-on

35.4

Stirling to Priyanjan, 1 run, again it's turned into the leg side

35.5

Stirling to Mathews, 1 run

35.6

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run, pushed back to bowler

That's drinks and a crucial 14 overs await us, Ireland have consistently struggled from good positions at the death. The visitors will hope to exert similar pressure.

End of over 36 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 123/5 (RR: 3.41)
SMA Priyanjan    15* (25b 2x4)      PR Stirling    4-1-13-1
AD Mathews    23* (45b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    7-0-25-0

36.1

Murtagh to Mathews, 1 run, quick single taken to mid-on as Murtagh returns

36.2

Murtagh to Priyanjan, no run, cut away but directly to point

36.3

Murtagh to Priyanjan, 1 run, quick single taken in the midwicket region

36.4

Murtagh to Mathews, 1 run, pushed through extra cover

36.5

Murtagh to Priyanjan, no run, dabbed down towards point

36.6

Murtagh to Priyanjan, no run, flicked toward Dockrell at midwicket and he prevents a single

End of over 37 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 126/5 (RR: 3.40)
SMA Priyanjan    16* (29b 2x4)      TJ Murtagh    7-1-13-1
AD Mathews    25* (47b 3x4)      PR Stirling    4-1-13-1

37.1

Stirling to Mathews, no run, turned towards square leg

37.2

Stirling to Mathews, FOUR, swept away in the air and Joyce is trying to get there, he dives but just gets his finger tips to it, and it deflects away to the rope

37.3

Stirling to Mathews, no run

37.4

Stirling to Mathews, 1 run, steered down to long-on

37.5

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run, plays and misses as Wilson removes the bails, no stumping there though

37.6

Stirling to Priyanjan, FOUR, hacked away through backward point

End of over 38 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 135/5 (RR: 3.55)
SMA Priyanjan    20* (31b 3x4)      PR Stirling    5-1-22-1
AD Mathews    30* (51b 4x4)      TJ Murtagh    7-1-13-1

38.1

Murtagh to Mathews, no run, played back to bowler

38.2

Murtagh to Mathews, OUT, and a brilliant bit of work by Niall O'Brien as Matthews gets himself in a muddle being sent back his partner, O'Brien lofts lovely throw from short fine leg

AD Mathews run out 30 (53b 4x4 0x6) SR: 56.60

38.3

Murtagh to Priyanjan, no run, well stopped in the covers by Stirling

38.4

Murtagh to Priyanjan, 1 run, steered down to third man

38.5

Murtagh to Kulasekara, no run, left alone by the batsman

38.6

Murtagh to Kulasekara, no run, another is left alone

End of over 39 (1 run) Sri Lanka 136/6 (RR: 3.48)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (2b)      TJ Murtagh    8-1-14-1
SMA Priyanjan    21* (33b 3x4)      PR Stirling    5-1-22-1

39.1

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, defended into the leg side

39.2

Dockrell to Priyanjan, 1 run, pushed out through covers

39.3

Dockrell to Kulasekara, no run, well stopped by Niall O'Brien at midwicket

39.4

Dockrell to Kulasekara, no run, driven firmly to cover and it's well stopped

39.5

Dockrell to Kulasekara, no run, turned into the leg side

39.6

Dockrell to Kulasekara, 1 run, single taken to a short fine leg

End of over 40 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 138/6 (RR: 3.45)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (6b)      GH Dockrell    8-0-27-0
SMA Priyanjan    22* (35b 3x4)      TJ Murtagh    8-1-14-1

40.1

Cusack to Kulasekara, 1 run, turned through midwicket for a single

40.2

Cusack to Priyanjan, FOUR, hits it on the up through the covers and to the rope, cracking shot

40.3

Cusack to Priyanjan, 1 run, guided down to third man

40.4

Cusack to Kulasekara, SIX, in the slot and he slogs it down the ground and it's over the sidescreen and out of the ground

40.5

Cusack to Kulasekara, no run, hacked away but straight to Porterfield at backward point

40.6

Cusack to Kulasekara, 1 wide, too far outside off that time

40.6

Cusack to Kulasekara, FOUR, just helped on it's way to the third man boundary and it's a disastrous over for Ireland

End of over 41 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 155/6 (RR: 3.78)
KMDN Kulasekara    12* (10b 1x4 1x6)      AR Cusack    7-1-40-1
SMA Priyanjan    27* (37b 4x4)      GH Dockrell    8-0-27-0

41.1

Stirling to Priyanjan, no run, flicked to the man at midwicket

41.2

Stirling to Priyanjan, 1 run, just prodded towards point for the single

41.3

Stirling to Kulasekara, 1 run, turned through square leg

41.4

Stirling to Priyanjan, 2 runs, driven through extra cover for a couple

41.5

Stirling to Priyanjan, 1 run, steered down to a short third man

41.6

Stirling to Kulasekara, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 160/6 (RR: 3.80)
KMDN Kulasekara    13* (12b 1x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    6-1-27-1
SMA Priyanjan    31* (41b 4x4)      AR Cusack    7-1-40-1

42.1

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, comes down the track, hits it towards mid-on and falls over, preventing him from taking a run

42.2

Dockrell to Priyanjan, no run, pushed back to the bowler

42.3

Dockrell to Priyanjan, OUT, tries to hammer him down the ground but he only picks out Ed Joyce at long-on who gathers a nice catch

SMA Priyanjan c Joyce b Dockrell 31 (44b 4x4 0x6) SR: 70.45

42.4

Dockrell to Senanayake, 1 wide

42.4

Dockrell to Senanayake, no run

42.5

Dockrell to Senanayake, no run, pushed back to the bowler

42.6

Dockrell to Senanayake, no run, hammered to Joyce again, good shot for no run

End of over 43 (1 run) Sri Lanka 161/7 (RR: 3.74)
SMSM Senanayake    0* (3b)      GH Dockrell    9-0-28-1
KMDN Kulasekara    13* (12b 1x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    6-1-27-1

43.1

Stirling to Kulasekara, 1 run, pulled to deep backward square

43.2

Stirling to Senanayake, no run, pushed back to the bowler

43.3

Stirling to Senanayake, 1 run, guided down to long-on

43.4

Stirling to Kulasekara, 1 run, and driven down there again

43.5

Stirling to Senanayake, no run

43.6

Stirling to Senanayake, no run

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 164/7 (RR: 3.72)
SMSM Senanayake    1* (7b)      PR Stirling    7-1-30-1
KMDN Kulasekara    15* (14b 1x4 1x6)      GH Dockrell    9-0-28-1

44.1

Murtagh to Kulasekara, 1 run

44.2

Murtagh to Senanayake, no run

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44.3

Murtagh to Senanayake, 1 run, flicked down to fine leg

44.4

Murtagh to Kulasekara, 1 run, pushed down to long-off

44.5

Murtagh to Senanayake, no run, defended back to the bowler

44.6

Murtagh to Senanayake, no run, pushed into the off side

End of over 45 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 167/7 (RR: 3.71)
SMSM Senanayake    2* (11b)      TJ Murtagh    9-1-17-1
KMDN Kulasekara    17* (16b 1x4 1x6)      PR Stirling    7-1-30-1

45.1

Stirling to Kulasekara, no run, turned to a short fine leg and there's no run

45.2

Stirling to Kulasekara, SIX, sweep slog over deep backward square for anotehr maximum

45.3

Stirling to Kulasekara, 1 wide

45.3

Stirling to Kulasekara, no run, defended into the leg side

45.4

Stirling to Kulasekara, 1 run, flicked to deep backward square

45.5

Stirling to Senanayake, 1 run, steered down to third man

45.6

Stirling to Kulasekara, no run, fuller ball which is played at late but is eventually blocked away into the covers

End of over 46 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 176/7 (RR: 3.82)
KMDN Kulasekara    24* (21b 1x4 2x6)      PR Stirling    8-1-39-1
SMSM Senanayake    3* (12b)      TJ Murtagh    9-1-17-1

46.1

Murtagh to Senanayake, no run, comes down the pitch but can only hit it toward mid-on

46.2

Murtagh to Senanayake, OUT, didn't move his feet trying to slog it over deep midwicket but he can't beat Dockrell who takes the regulation catch at the rope

SMSM Senanayake c Dockrell b Murtagh 3 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

46.3

Murtagh to Mendis, 2 runs, inside edge which just evades the stumps

46.4

Murtagh to Mendis, no run, no shot played to that one

46.5

Murtagh to Mendis, 1 run, inside edge down to fine leg

46.6

Murtagh to Kulasekara, 1 run, cracked off the back foot down to long-on

End of over 47 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 180/8 (RR: 3.82)
KMDN Kulasekara    25* (22b 1x4 2x6)      TJ Murtagh    10-1-21-2
BAW Mendis    3* (3b)      PR Stirling    8-1-39-1

47.1

Dockrell to Kulasekara, FOUR, too short and it's cut away through point and to the rope

47.2

Dockrell to Kulasekara, no run, that is a lot better and the batsman can only block it back to the bowler

47.3

Dockrell to Kulasekara, 1 run, lofted heave down the ground but it bounces safe and they scramble a run

47.4

Dockrell to Mendis, FOUR, slog sweep which is chased all the way to the rope by Thompson

47.5

Dockrell to Mendis, FOUR, and another down the ground this time and a big over for Sri Lanka

47.6

Dockrell to Mendis, FOUR, smahsed away again over extra cover and to the rope

End of over 48 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 197/8 (RR: 4.10)
BAW Mendis    15* (6b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    10-0-45-1
KMDN Kulasekara    30* (25b 2x4 2x6)      TJ Murtagh    10-1-21-2

48.1

Cusack to Kulasekara, 1 run, smashed down to long-on

48.2

Cusack to Mendis, 1 run, flicked out to deep backward square

48.3

Cusack to Kulasekara, 1 run, pulled out towards cow corner

48.4

Cusack to Mendis, 1 run, steered backward of point for another single

48.5

Cusack to Kulasekara, 5 wides, way down the leg side and it flies to the rope, costly runs here

48.5

Cusack to Kulasekara, 1 run, pulled out to cow corner for another single

48.6

Cusack to Mendis, 2 wides, down the leg side once again

48.6

Cusack to Kulasekara, 1 run, hooked away to deep midwicket, another very expensive over

End of over 49 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 210/8 (RR: 4.28)
KMDN Kulasekara    34* (29b 2x4 2x6)      AR Cusack    8-1-53-1
BAW Mendis    17* (8b 3x4)      GH Dockrell    10-0-45-1

49.1

Sorensen to Kulasekara, 1 run, whacked down to long-on for a single

49.2

Sorensen to Mendis, 1 run, baseball type shot down to long-off, unconventional in the extreme

49.3

Sorensen to Kulasekara, no run, flicks the pads and through to the keeper

49.4

Sorensen to Kulasekara, FOUR, short and wide and it's smacked through backward, Ireland's death bowling letting them down once gain

49.5

Sorensen to Kulasekara, 2 runs, driven down to long-on for a couple

49.6

Sorensen to Kulasekara, 1 run, quick single down to a short fine leg

So Kulasekara takes Sri Lanka to 219 with a display of big hitting. Ireland will be dissapointed to have let them off the hook a bit but they will still believe they can reel in this target. Join us in 45 minutes for the chase.

End of over 50 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 219/8
KMDN Kulasekara    42* (34b 3x4 2x6)      MC Sorensen    8-1-31-0
BAW Mendis    18* (9b 3x4)      AR Cusack    8-1-53-1
Series Results
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Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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May 6, 2014

Ajantha Mendis, with the man of the match award, celebrates Angelo Mathews, Ireland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Clontarf, May 6, 2014

Ajantha Mendis, with the man of the match award, celebrates Angelo Mathews

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