SL vs IRE: The mighty Sri Lankans will go head-to-head against Ireland in a Group B fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium of Abu Dhabi for Match 8 of the T20 World Cup.
Sri Lanka was up against Namibia in their previous match which was played at the same venue as the upcoming match is scheduled at (i.e) Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Bowling first, the Sri Lankan bowlers did a fine job with the ball. They restricted Namibia to a mere 96 courtesy of Maheesh Theekshana’s 3/25 followed by Lahiru Kumara and Wanidu Hasaranga’s two-wicket hauls. While chasing the bare minimum total, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (42*) and Avishka Fernando (30*) ensured a comfortable 7 wicket win for the Lankans.
Meanwhile, Ireland are walking into this encounter with an astonishing win in their previous fixture. The Netherlands had won the toss and decided to bat first. It turned out to be the worst decision as they got bundled out for a mere 106. Max O’Dowd top scored with 51. However, the pick of the Irish bowlers was Curtis Campher who picked four wickets in four balls, which included a hat trick to get the figures 4/26. He was strongly assisted by Mark Adair who picked up 3/9 in his four overs. While chasing the small total, Gareth Delany’s 44 and Paul Stirling’s unbeaten 30 ensured a crucial 7 wicket win for Ireland.
Both teams got to witness low scoring games and won both their games in style. However, the Irish side is in a much better position to win the upcoming encounter than the Sri Lankans.
Match: Sri Lanka vs Ireland
Date & Time: 20th October 2021, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The pitch is a balanced one to compete on. It has a lot of help on offer for both the batters and bowlers. The team winning the toss will definitely pick to bat first, as chasing on this surface is tricky. Anything above 160 while batting first is a decent score.
Players will be expected to go through hot and humid conditions throughout the game. Temperatures will decrease marginally, while there is no chance of precipitation.
SL vs IRE Predicted Playing XI
Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dananjaya, Maheesh Theekshana
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (C), Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Andrew McBrine
SL vs IRE Dream11 Team Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Kusal Perera
Batsmen: Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany
Allrounders: Wanidu Hasaranga(VC), Curtis Campher(C)
Bowlers: Mark Adair, Lahiru Kumara, Joshua Little, Maheesh Theekshana