T20 World Cup:-Former champions Sri Lanka cross the qualifying stage for the ICC T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 70 runs in a qualifier yesterday to advance to the Super 12 round of the World Cup.
In the match against Ireland, he lost the toss and opted to bat, scoring 171 for seven in the allotted 20 overs. Sri Lanka’s comeback came after an initial setback. Wanindu Hasaranga (71 off 47 balls) and Pathum Nissanka (61 off 47 balls) were the top scorers for the fourth wicket as they lost three wickets for eight runs. For Ireland, Josh Little took four wickets for just 23 runs.
Chasing Sri Lanka’s target of 172, Ireland could not put any pressure on Sri Lanka at any stage. Sri Lanka bowled out Ireland for 101 in 17.5 overs, taking wickets at regular intervals. Mahesh Theekshana (three), Lahiru Kumara (two) and Chamika Karuna Ratna (two) were the main contributors. Only Irish batsman Andrew Balbirnie, who scored 41, was able to hold on a bit.
Hazarenga was the man of the match, scoring 71 runs in batting and one wicket in bowling.
Namibia made history by beating the Netherlands in another qualifier yesterday. With this, Namibia and Ireland became the same point in the group. The winner of the head-to-head qualifier will advance to the Super 12 stage.
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