ICC World Twenty20, 19th Match, Group F: Ireland v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 14, 2009
ICC World Twenty20 - 19th match, Group F
Sri Lanka won by 9 runs
Played at Lord's, London (neutral venue)
14 June 2009 (20-over match)

Welcome back everyone. Will here. Outstanding effort by Ireland, on a pitch that really suited their wobbly seamers. Make no mistake: this is a genuinely massive opportunity for Ireland. They do need a good start against their faster men, however, before Mendis and Muralitharan dumbfound them. Early, match-seizing boshing is required. Here's Mathews


Mathews to Porterfield, no run, the first delivery keeps a little low outside the off stump


Mathews to Porterfield, no run, a swing and a miss outside off. Again it keeps a touch low

The Ireland crowd are loving this and are in excellent voice


Mathews to Porterfield, no run, fine ball! Moves away from the left-hander, cutting off the seam - encouraging bounce, too, and it beats his loose waft


Mathews to Porterfield, no run, whacked to the leg-side


Mathews to Porterfield, FOUR, that's more like it - Ireland are up and running with a pull over midwicket. Not wonderfully timed, but good enough, and that's four


Mathews to Porterfield, 1 run, prodded to mid-off who is deep enough that they steal a single

End of over 1 (5 runs) Ireland 5/0 (140 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.36)

    • WTS Porterfield 5 (6b 1x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 0 (0b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-5-0

Here comes Kulasekara


Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, plays and misses to a little nibbler which moved off the surface. And again, this keeps very low, bouncing before the keeper

I hope England and India watched Ireland's bowlers. Pitch it up, keep it straight.


Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, pushed out cautiously to the off side


Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, short of a length, punched forcefully but he can't break the ring of steel on the off side


Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, and a swing and a miss outside off! Well, that was heading either to the keeper or over the off side...but he missed it utterly

Four dots in a row


Kulasekara to Porterfield, FOUR, runs this time, lofting it over cover - will it go for four? Excellent chase by the fielder but he drags it over the line


Kulasekara to Porterfield, 2 runs, guided down to third man - this'll be tight, and the bails are whipped off! Porterfield is seriously quick ... and I think he's home. But replays show that he was only just home! Much, much tighter than we thought

End of over 2 (6 runs) Ireland 11/0 (134 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.44)

    • WTS Porterfield 11 (12b 2x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 0 (0b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-6-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-5-0

There are over 60,000 people reading. Hello to you all, wherever you may be. It's a very muggy, cloudy, still day at Lord's. Feels as though it may rain, though it's not on the forecast


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, no run, comes forward to defend out to cover


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, no run, onto the front foot, he drives out to the off side


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, shorter and quicker delivery which he tries to hook, and gets enough bat on it down to fine leg for a smart single

When will Mendis or Murali come on? They're the danger for Ireland. They must lay a strong, powerful foundation


Mathews to Porterfield, 3 runs, shot! Outside off, he paddles it over short fine-leg's head into no-man's land and gets three. Very well run


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, no run, oh he's missed out here. And missed out utterly. Wide of the off stump, he flays his hands on it, but mistimes it completely. It sounded like his bat was made of plywood


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, here he goes - four over extra cover! Again, not brilliantly timed - another teaser for the fielder - but excellent intent showed by them

End of over 3 (8 runs) Ireland 19/0 (126 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 7.41)

    • NJ O'Brien 5 (5b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 14 (13b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-13-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-6-0

Kulasekara to Porterfield, 1 run, dabbed to third man

No slips in place now


Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, no run, steps outside leg to give himself room, but can't make contact


Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, a fine stop at mid-on prevents four. Mathews is the man, diving to his left to stop a very well timed smack

Ah - he's going around the wicket now. And I've spotted some blue sky. Victory for me


Kulasekara to Porterfield, no run, plays and misses! Just a touch too short to be driving on the front foot, and there was a touch of movement back into the left-hander

Good move this, coming around the wicket


Kulasekara to Porterfield, FOUR, shot from Porterfield. Very classy indeed. The off side is fairly packed with fielders but he's place this past point and wide of third man for four. The best-timed shot of Ireland's innings


Kulasekara to Porterfield, FOUR, brilliant from Porterfield - a premeditated sweep, on the full, for four more down to fine-leg

End of over 4 (10 runs) Ireland 29/0 (116 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 7.25)

    • WTS Porterfield 23 (17b 4x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 6 (7b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-16-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-13-0

Nervy times for Sri Lanka, these! Surely time for some spin? Here comes Mendis. This will be unmissable entertainment to see how Ireland take him on


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, no run, a straight delivery is defended to leg in a hurry


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, on the leg-stump, comfortably tucked for a single past square leg

England are watching intently from the balcony


Mendis to Porterfield, 1 run, again, nicely nurdled to leg for a single

Their feet movement is decisive and firm so far


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, no run, a huge appeal - from every Sri Lankan - but it's not out! A weird reverse sweep straight into the hands of Sangakkara. Can't really see whether he hit it


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, no run, defended on the back foot


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

Just looking back at the replay of that chance - or was it a chance? Virtually impossible to say. We really need snicko or hotspot for a decision like that


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, no run, flicked to leg

End of over 5 (3 runs) Ireland 32/0 (113 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.40, RRR: 7.53)

    • NJ O'Brien 7 (12b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 24 (18b 4x4)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-3-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-16-0

Malinga into the attack now


Malinga to Porterfield, no run, beaten by a cracker! What a ball from Malinga, leaving the left-hander at the very last moment, beating his emphatic slog


Malinga to Porterfield, no run, fast and straight, fended to point and O'Brien, the non-striker, thinks there's a run but has to scramble back. Oh, but he's twisted his right ankle horribly - he's down and out here. Serious, serious pain and the physio's coming on. Poor bloke is in absolute agony. The boot's off and the physio's moving it left and right - how can that possibly help him? He's still on the ground, now having some strapping applied. He might continue...but I don't know how. The brace is now being applied - he had it on prior to the injury as he's been struggling with his ankle all week

O'Brien is standing and he's going to continue. That's quite an effort, though he's got a big limp on, understandably. He's not having a runner, oddly.


Malinga to Porterfield, no run, a thick, squirty inside edge


Malinga to Porterfield, 1 wide, a fast bouncer down the leg side, wided on height, width, everything


Malinga to Porterfield, FOUR, sweet stroke, poor ball. On his legs, clipped crisply and powerfully for four


Malinga to Porterfield, no run, slower yorker, dug out

Ireland are just behind the required run-rate (see top-right of your screens) but they're making a damn good fist of it


Malinga to Porterfield, no run, plays and misses outside off. Another slower ball

End of over 6 (5 runs) Ireland 37/0 (108 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 7.71)

    • WTS Porterfield 28 (24b 5x4)
    • NJ O'Brien 7 (12b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-3-0

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Mendis to NJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, half a shout as he's rapped on the pad, trying to work it to leg, but he's outside the line


Mendis to Porterfield, 1 run, short, wide and cut hard

What Ireland must not do is get bogged down. If they can keep things ticking over, the final flourish won't be too difficult


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, no run, defended on the front foot


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, no run, ooh, a thin inside edge bounces through to the keeper


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, what a shot! Reverse-swept for four with great power - very nearly six. No sign of his ankle injury there. That was sweetly, wonderfully hit

Mendis? Mendis who?


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, nudged to leg and he hobbles a single. His ankle is still giving him a lot of pain - tough character this O'Brien

End of over 7 (7 runs) Ireland 44/0 (101 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.28, RRR: 7.76)

    • NJ O'Brien 12 (17b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 29 (25b 5x4)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-9-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0

Ah - now then! Muralitharan into the attack. The required rate is growing. What can Murali do?


Muralitharan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, pushed out to the off side. Very slow, loopy delivery to begin with

Slip in place. Just the one


Muralitharan to Porterfield, no run, outside leg, he waits and waits for it on the back foot before dropping it out to the off side


Muralitharan to Porterfield, 1 run, steps forward, flicking to leg and they get a single. They could've had two to a misfield, but...they decide against it


Muralitharan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, swept hard to deep square leg


Muralitharan to Porterfield, 1 run, cut with a flourish but again just for a single. Good length from Murali, bowling at a good and slowish pace


Muralitharan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, another very classy reverse hit, rather than a sweep - a shot absolutely chock-full of danger, but superbly played, if not quite as well placed

End of over 8 (5 runs) Ireland 49/0 (96 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 8.00)

    • NJ O'Brien 15 (20b 2x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 31 (28b 5x4)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-5-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-9-0

96 from 72 balls @ 8 per over. Hmm...


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, no run, good, straight delivery and Mathews tears down the pitch to field it himself

Slight delay. Lots of arm-waving going on. Come on, get on with it


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, 2 runs, paddled down to fine leg, just wide and short of the fielder, so they grab two

Very solid start by Ireland, bringing up their fifty stand from 50 balls. Good base - a solid platform on which to go mental


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, no run, wide of the off stump - O'Brien expected that to be wided, but it's not

All sorts of odd widing decisions have been made in this tournament. It's almost impossible to predict


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, shot, O'Brien - shot once more. Down the pitch and carves it over extra cover with excellent timing. Authoritative, aggressive strokeplay

Can Ireland make this into a monstrous over? Two balls left


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, they will and they can! A false shot - attempting to flog it over the leg-side - but he gets a thin edge past the keeper for four


Mathews to NJ O'Brien, no run, full toss and hammered to cover, but a brilliant stop by Dilshan prevents four

End of over 9 (10 runs) Ireland 59/0 (86 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 7.81)

    • NJ O'Brien 25 (26b 4x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 31 (28b 5x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-23-0
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-5-0

Muralitharan to Porterfield, OUT, ah, top catch by Sangakkara! He is so sharp with the gloves. A fuller delivery, Porterfield went for a cut but got the thinnest of edges to the keeper

WTS Porterfield c †Sangakkara b Muralitharan 31 (44m 29b 5x4 0x6) SR: 106.89

Good catch - Sangakkara stayed really low there. Not much celebration from Sri Lanka, but that's a key wicket. Porterfield's played a fine and aggressive hand

Sangakkara is imploring Murali. Imploring him to do what, no one knows, but they are deep in discussion. Slip and a short-leg comes in. Pressure now! He's around the wicket


Muralitharan to White, no run, ooh - beats him outside off


Muralitharan to White, no run, sweeps, or tries to, but is rapped on the pads. Outside off, though


Muralitharan to White, no run, prodded...just short of short leg! My, that was close


Muralitharan to White, 1 run, swept behind square. A ferocious, spittle-filled appealed by Murali but he got glove on it


Muralitharan to NJ O'Brien, no run, a massive, throaty appeal by Murali - the one where he almost breaks into a cacophonous laugh halfway through, such is his excitement - but that's pitched outside leg and going over the top, I reckon

End of over 10 (1 run) Ireland 60/1 (85 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.50)

    • NJ O'Brien 25 (27b 4x4)
    • AR White 1 (4b)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-6-1
    • AD Mathews 3-0-23-0

Jayasuriya into the attack


Jayasuriya to White, no run, prodded out to cover. He wants a single but it's so not on

Sri Lanka clawing things back nicely here. That required run rate is climbing...


Jayasuriya to White, 1 run, swept, but not powerfully


Jayasuriya to NJ O'Brien, 3 runs, shot - great feet movement, flicking it over midwicket. Even better footballing from the fielder on the boundary to prevent four. Great cricket!


Jayasuriya to White, 2 runs, cut hard down to third man

Around the wicket


Jayasuriya to White, 1 run, White lunges forward inelegantly, blocking to leg


Jayasuriya to NJ O'Brien, no run, plays and misses outside off. "How was that?" politely inquires Sangakkara after whipping off the bails, but the square-leg umpire is utterly disinterested. Oh - he does refer it, though. What a waste of time. Not out

End of over 11 (7 runs) Ireland 67/1 (78 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.09, RRR: 8.66)

    • NJ O'Brien 28 (29b 4x4)
    • AR White 5 (8b)
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-7-0
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-6-1

Around the wicket


Muralitharan to White, 1 run, reverse swept for a single


Muralitharan to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, powerfully smashed to deep midwicket. He got hold of that! Placement was a #fail though

That's right - I can be down with the kids too, you know


Muralitharan to White, 1 run, prodded out to the off side


Muralitharan to NJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, goes for a massive reverse sweep, but it's not nearly as big as Murali's appeal. And second appeal. And third appeal. But it's not-out once, twice, three times a lady


Muralitharan to White, 1 run, swept once more


Muralitharan to NJ O'Brien, no run, beaten! Tried to crack it square but the turn beat him

End of over 12 (5 runs) Ireland 72/1 (73 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 9.12)

    • NJ O'Brien 29 (32b 4x4)
    • AR White 8 (11b)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-10-1
    • ST Jayasuriya 1-0-7-0

The Indians have arrived at Lord's. Huge game for them and England later, which we'll be bringing you live


Malinga to White, no run, seriously quick ball! 88mph yorker, just outside off, jabbed out to point nervously


Malinga to White, 1 run, much slower and prodded meekly out to the off side for just a single


Malinga to NJ O'Brien, 1 bye, another slow ball which beats the batsman's hopeful welly over midwicket - but also beats Sangakkara, though he was beaten by the double bounce


Malinga to White, no run, a bouncer, tries to hook but misses...very close to being called a wide

The required run-rate is climbing and climbing here. 71 from 44


Malinga to White, no run, fast, he steps outside leg but can't time his flick

Quality over from Malinga. Plenty of variation


Malinga to White, 1 run, squirted down to third man

End of over 13 (3 runs) Ireland 75/1 (70 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.76, RRR: 10.00)

    • AR White 10 (16b)
    • NJ O'Brien 29 (33b 4x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-7-0
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-10-1

Kulasekara into the attack


Kulasekara to White, 2 runs, four - no! Great stop by the nearly-40-year-old Jayasuriya at third man

40 my eye. He's clearly still 29


Kulasekara to White, SIX, hooks...down to fine leg, and this could be the first six. It is! Bosh. That's woken up the Irish fans


Kulasekara to White, FOUR, crunch! He's smashed this on the up for four!


Kulasekara to White, no run, that's the slowest ball ever seen in cricket. He has loads of time to try and flip it over the keeper's head, but misses it completely


Kulasekara to White, OUT, got him this time! White tried to flip him over the leg-side but top-edged it to Sangakkara's left who takes it carefully and safely

AR White c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 22 (16m 21b 1x4 1x6) SR: 104.76

Kevin O'Brien joins his brother. This guy can hit it miles


Kulasekara to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, bashed down the ground

End of over 14 (13 runs) Ireland 88/2 (57 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.28, RRR: 9.50)

    • NJ O'Brien 30 (34b 4x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 0 (0b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-29-1
    • SL Malinga 2-0-7-0

57 from 36 balls. Here's Mendis


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, 1 leg bye, goes for a huge reverse sweep but is rapped on the back-pad - just outside the line, and Mendis's appeal is rightly turned down


Mendis to KJ O'Brien, no run, excellent length, nice and quick too, and his back-cut finds third man

Sri Lanka applying the squeeze


Mendis to KJ O'Brien, OUT, got him! That could be curtains for Ireland. Goes for a huge midwicket slog, but top-edges it

KJ O'Brien c Dilshan b Mendis 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, another reverse sweep - this is an endemic creeping through Ireland here - but it's wide of the wicketkeeper


Mendis to Mooney, 1 run, flicked to leg


Mendis to NJ O'Brien, OUT, oh well bowled - terrific ball from Mendis, pitching it short and beating O'Brien's charge down the pitch. An easy stumping for Sangakkara

NJ O'Brien st †Sangakkara b Mendis 31 (69m 37b 4x4 0x6) SR: 83.78

Ireland losing the plot here I'm afraid. They've left themselves with far too much to do

End of over 15 (3 runs) Ireland 91/4 (54 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.06, RRR: 10.80)

    • JF Mooney 1 (1b)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-11-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-29-1

Here's Gnasher for the final rites...Hi again, this is getting very tough for Ireland as Trent Johnston comes in and Murali comes back into the attack with one over left


Muralitharan to Mooney, no run, over the wicket, pushed into the offside, can't find the gap


Muralitharan to Mooney, no run, outside edge to short third man, wants the single but it's not on


Muralitharan to Mooney, 2 runs, pushed square this time and it's placed well enough for a second, but Ireland need some boundaries


Muralitharan to Mooney, 1 run, worked from off stump through midwicket


Muralitharan to Johnston, no run, round the wicket, takes the pad into the leg side and Sangakkara fields


Muralitharan to Johnston, no run, quicker ball, on middle, and all Johnston can do is push it back to Murali

A top spell from Murali, he really is a match-winner in Twenty20...Ireland need 51 from 24 balls

End of over 16 (3 runs) Ireland 94/4 (51 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.87, RRR: 12.75)

    • DT Johnston 0 (2b)
    • JF Mooney 4 (5b)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-13-1
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-11-2

Mendis to Mooney, no run, pushed down the pitch, Mendis fields


Mendis to Mooney, 1 run, swung into the leg side, but it just dribbles away for a single

There's no shame for Ireland in struggling against these spinners, they are two of the best in the world


Mendis to Johnston, 1 run, down the pitch and thumps it with a meaty thud down to long off


Mendis to Mooney, 1 run, down the pitch, gets an inside edge into his pad and it bobbles onto the leg side


Mendis to Johnston, SIX, he's connected with that one, a mighty swing over deep midwicket and the ball ends up in the stands


Mendis to Johnston, 2 runs, clubbed down to long off and Johnston sprints back for a second, but it looks a little late for Ireland

End of over 17 (11 runs) Ireland 105/4 (40 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.17, RRR: 13.33)

    • DT Johnston 9 (5b 1x6)
    • JF Mooney 6 (8b)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-22-2
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-13-1

Lasith Malinga comes back to fire in his yorkers and slower balls


Malinga to Mooney, 1 run, brave shot, comes across his stumps and paddles this down to fine leg using the pace on the ball


Malinga to Johnston, OUT, gone! That's what he's so good at, full and straight as Johnston tried to give himself room and the ball crashes into the base of middle stump

DT Johnston b Malinga 9 (6m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

Andre Botha comes to the crease


Malinga to Botha, OUT, gone first ball, Malinga on a hat-trick...a low full toss, straight and quick again, Botha doesn't get near it as the stumps are demolished

AC Botha b Malinga 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sri Lanka have been tested in this match, but their bowling quality is going to win the day. However, it's been a brave show from Ireland


Malinga to Cusack, 2 runs, what a delivery, so nearly a hat-trick as Malinga spears in a toe-crushing leg-stump yorker and somehow Cusack manages to get some bat on it...he couldn't really have bowled a better delivery


Malinga to Cusack, no run, slower ball outside off, Cusack swings at fresh air


Malinga to Cusack, 1 wide, swings down the leg side, loses his line searching for another yorker


Malinga to Cusack, no run, ends the over with another brilliant yorker that Cusack again does well to dig out

Great display of death bowling from Malinga

End of over 18 (4 runs) Ireland 109/6 (36 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.05, RRR: 18.00)

    • AR Cusack 2 (3b)
    • JF Mooney 7 (9b)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-11-2
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-22-2

Kulasekara to Mooney, FOUR, swings hard and gets a thick outside edge that flies wide of Sangakkara down to third man


Kulasekara to Mooney, no run, tries to paddle this to fine leg but misses and the ball scoots past off stump


Kulasekara to Mooney, FOUR, another edge, another boundary...he did well to reach that delivery which was full outside off and gets a toe-end to third man


Kulasekara to Mooney, 2 runs, round the wicket, opens the face to a yorker-length ball and guides it to third man for two more


Kulasekara to Mooney, FOUR, wide full toss outside off, Mooney connects well and drives it square for four more...are Ireland just alive still?


Kulasekara to Mooney, (no ball) 2 runs, what a time for a no-ball, a front foot one as well, and it's worked through midwicket for two

Plus Ireland get a free hit


Kulasekara to Mooney, 1 run, doesn't really throw everything at it, instead pushes into the off side and keeps the strike for the final over

End of over 19 (18 runs) Ireland 127/6 (18 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 18.00)

    • JF Mooney 24 (16b 3x4)
    • AR Cusack 2 (3b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-47-1
    • SL Malinga 3-0-11-2

18 needed off the final over, Lasith Malinga to bowl it


Malinga to Mooney, no run, fired across outside off, Mooney can't make contact


Malinga to Mooney, 2 runs, squeezed out through the covers, the sweeper comes round and keeps them to a couple

16 off four


Malinga to Mooney, OUT, swift work from Sangakkara as the batsmen try to steal one to the keeper but Cusack was caught well short by the direct hit

AR Cusack run out 2 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Sri Lanka are going to win this game, but they'll know they have been in a contest and Ireland can take huge credit from pushing one of the favourites so close


Malinga to West, 1 run, low full toss, West gives himself room and edges down to third man


Malinga to Mooney, FOUR, lobbed back over the bowler's head and with superb timing, beats mid-off and mid-on for a late boundary but 11 off one ball isn't going to happen

Last ball


Malinga to Mooney, 1 run, full on off stump, driven into the covers and Sri Lanka have survived a major scare

So Sri Lanka remain unbeaten in the tournament, but a nine-run victory is a lot closer than many expected this match would be. Ireland bowled and fielded extremely well and while Niall O'Brien was at the crease they had a real chance in the chase. But, once again, Sri Lanka's spin twins of Murali and Mendis proved the key as they stifled the middle order. Ireland have one game left in the Super Eights against Pakistan while Sri Lanka are well placed for the semi-finals.

"We bowled and fielded well but couldn't quite pull through," says William Porterfield. "We are learning every game and hopefully we can improve a bit more tomorrow [against Pakistan]."

"We had to win, the way Mahela batted was brilliant," says Kumar Sangakkara, "then the bowling was spot on, but we probably lacked a bit of intensity."

The Man of the Match is Mahela Jaywardene for his 73 off 58 balls and that wraps up the first game of the day. Will and myself are off for a quick break and will be back shortly to bring you England against India with both sides desperate for a win. See you shortly.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Ireland 135/7 (10 runs required)

    • JF Mooney 31 (21b 4x4)
    • RM West 1 (1b)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-19-2
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-47-1





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