19th Match, Lord's, Jun 14 2009, Group F, ICC World Twenty20
(20 ov, target 145)
Sri Lanka won by 9 runs
Player Of The Match
IRE Innings
Full commentary
end of over 208 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 135/7CRR: 6.75 
John Mooney31 (21)
Regan West1 (1)
Lasith Malinga4-0-19-2
Nuwan Kulasekara4-0-47-1

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.

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

Last ball

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

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 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 (†Sangakkara) 2 (10m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

16 off four

Malinga to Mooney, 2 runs
squeezed out through the covers, the sweeper comes round and keeps them to a couple
Malinga to Mooney, no run
fired across outside off, Mooney can't make contact

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

end of over 1918 runs
IRE: 127/6CRR: 6.68 • RRR: 18.00
John Mooney24 (16)
Alex Cusack2 (3)
Nuwan Kulasekara4-0-47-1
Lasith Malinga3-0-11-2
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

Plus Ireland get a free hit

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
Kulasekara to Mooney, FOUR runs
wide full toss outside off, Mooney connects well and drives it square for four more...are Ireland just alive still?
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 runs
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, no run
tries to paddle this to fine leg but misses and the ball scoots past off stump
Kulasekara to Mooney, FOUR runs
swings hard and gets a thick outside edge that flies wide of Sangakkara down to third man
end of over 184 runs • 2 wicket
IRE: 109/6CRR: 6.05 • RRR: 18.00
Alex Cusack2 (3)
John Mooney7 (9)
Lasith Malinga3-0-11-2
Ajantha Mendis4-0-22-2

Great display of death bowling from Malinga

Malinga to Cusack, no run
ends the over with another brilliant yorker that Cusack again does well to dig out
Malinga to Cusack, 1 wide
swings down the leg side, loses his line searching for another yorker
Malinga to Cusack, no run
slower ball outside off, Cusack swings at fresh air
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

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 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

Andre Botha comes to the crease

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

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

end of over 1711 runs
IRE: 105/4CRR: 6.17 • RRR: 13.33
Trent Johnston9 (5)
John Mooney6 (8)
Ajantha Mendis4-0-22-2
Muttiah Muralitharan4-0-13-1
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
Mendis to Johnston, SIX runs
he's connected with that one, a mighty swing over deep midwicket and the ball ends up in the stands
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, 1 run
down the pitch and thumps it with a meaty thud down to long off