ICC World Twenty20 - 19th match, Group F

Ireland v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 9 runs

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

0.1

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

0.2

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

0.3

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

0.4

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

0.5

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

0.6

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)      AD Mathews    1-0-5-0
NJ O'Brien    0* (0b)     

Here comes Kulasekara

1.1

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.

1.2

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

1.3

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

1.4

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

1.5

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

1.6

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)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-0
NJ O'Brien    0* (0b)      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

2.1

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

2.2

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

2.3

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

2.4

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

2.5

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

2.6

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)      AD Mathews    2-0-13-0
WTS Porterfield    14* (13b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-0

3.1

Kulasekara to Porterfield, 1 run, dabbed to third man

No slips in place now

3.2

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

3.3

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

3.4

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

3.5

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

3.6

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)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-16-0
NJ O'Brien    6* (7b 1x4)      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

4.1

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

4.2

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

4.3

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

Their feet movement is decisive and firm so far

4.4

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

4.5

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

4.6

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

4.6

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)      BAW Mendis    1-0-3-0
WTS Porterfield    24* (18b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-16-0

Malinga into the attack now

5.1

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

5.2

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.

5.3

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

5.4

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

5.4

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

5.5

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

5.6

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)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0
NJ O'Brien    7* (12b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    1-0-3-0

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6.1

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

6.2

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

6.3

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

6.4

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

6.5

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?

6.6

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)      BAW Mendis    2-0-9-0
WTS Porterfield    29* (25b 5x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0

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

7.1

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

7.2

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

7.3

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

7.4

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

7.5

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

7.6

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)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0
WTS Porterfield    31* (28b 5x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-9-0

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

8.1

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

8.2

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

8.3

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

8.4

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

8.5

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

8.6

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)      AD Mathews    3-0-23-0
WTS Porterfield    31* (28b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0

9.1

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

9.2

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

9.3

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

9.4

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

9.5

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

9.6

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)      M Muralitharan    2-0-6-1
AR White    1* (4b)      AD Mathews    3-0-23-0

Jayasuriya into the attack

10.1

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...

10.2

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

10.3

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!

10.4

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

Around the wicket

10.5

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

10.6

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)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-7-0
AR White    5* (8b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-6-1

Around the wicket

11.1

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

11.2

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

11.3

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

11.4

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

11.5

Muralitharan to White, 1 run, swept once more

11.6

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)      M Muralitharan    3-0-10-1
AR White    8* (11b)      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

12.1

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

12.2

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

12.3

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

12.4

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

12.5

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

Quality over from Malinga. Plenty of variation

12.6

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

Kulasekara into the attack

13.1

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

13.2

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

13.3

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

13.4

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

13.5

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

13.6

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)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-29-1
KJ O'Brien    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    2-0-7-0

57 from 36 balls. Here's Mendis

14.1

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

14.2

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

14.3

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

14.4

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

14.5

Mendis to Mooney, 1 run, flicked to leg

14.6

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)
     BAW Mendis    3-0-11-2
JF Mooney    1* (1b)      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

15.1

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

15.2

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

15.3

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

15.4

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

15.5

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

15.6

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

16.1

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

16.2

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

16.3

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

16.4

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

16.5

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

16.6

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)      BAW Mendis    4-0-22-2
JF Mooney    6* (8b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-13-1

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

17.1

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

17.2

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

17.3

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

17.4

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

17.5

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

17.6

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

17.6

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

18.1

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

18.2

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

18.3

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

18.4

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

18.5

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

18.6

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

18.6

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)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-47-1
AR Cusack    2* (3b)      SL Malinga    3-0-11-2

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

19.1

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

19.2

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

16 off four

19.3

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

19.4

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

19.5

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

19.6

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)      SL Malinga    4-0-19-2
RM West    1* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-47-1
Tournament Results
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lord's - Jun 21, 2009
Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v West Indies at The Oval - Jun 19, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 57 runs
Pakistan v South Africa at Nottingham - Jun 18, 2009
Pakistan won by 7 runs
India v South Africa at Nottingham - Jun 16, 2009
South Africa won by 12 runs
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Nottingham - Jun 16, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 48 runs
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Photos

Jun 14, 2009

Trent Johnston is squared up by a Lasith Malinga yorker, Ireland v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20, Lord's, June 14, 2009

Trent Johnston is squared up by a Lasith Malinga yorker

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Jun 14, 2009

Niall O'Brien tries to flog one over midwicket, Ireland v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20, Lord's, June 14, 2009

Niall O'Brien tries to flog one over midwicket

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