SL vs IRE Prediction: In yesterday’s T20 World Cup, there were two fantastic games. Richard Berrington’s 70 off 49 helped Scotland to a strong 165/9 in the opening game. Papua New Guinea were bowled out for 148 runs in response, with Joshua Davey taking four wickets. In the evening game, Oman put up a valiant effort but fell short by 26 runs.
Sri Lanka face off against Ireland in the evening game today at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Both teams head into this encounter on the back of convincing wins against their respective teams. Netherlands were skittled out for 106 before Ireland chased it down comfortably with seven wickets in hand. Namibia also posted a subpar total of 96 which Sri Lanka chased with seven wickets and seven overs to spare.
Sri Lanka vs Ireland
Match 8, T20 World Cup
20 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. It will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. The matches are split in four venues- Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. T20 World Cup will be broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
SL vs IRE Head to Head: The two sides have met just once with Sri Lanka coming out on top on that occasion.
SL – 60%
IRE – 40%
Sri Lanka should have enough in the tank to see off any challenge from the Irishmen. The playing conditions suit the Lankans, especially their bowlers. However, their batting remains a small concern. Ireland can upset the best of the teams on their day and the Asian side will be wary of that. The betting sites are also in favor of Sri Lanka.
Bet365: SL: 1.40; IRE: 3.00
Kusal Perera is a fine batsman who plays at a brisk pace. He has 1427 runs in 52 innings at an average of 27 with 12 half-centuries to his name.
Wanindu Hasaranga is a quality bowler who can come good against the number of right-handers in Ireland’s batting lineup. He has 38 wickets in 24 innings at an economy of 6.5.
Kevin O’Brien is an experienced campaigner and one of the mainstays of Ireland’s batting. He has 1943 runs in 101 innings with five half-centuries and a hundred to his name.
SL Playing XI
Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana and Dushmantha Chameera
IRE Playing XI
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Neil Rock (wk), Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Ben White and Josh Little
Although the first two games were fairly low-scoring, the pitch in Abu Dhabi is good for batting. A closely fought encounter seems to be in the offing. The side winning the toss might elect to chase.
If SL bats first: 150-160
If IRE bats first: 140-150
There will be clear skies at night as well. The sunset is at 05:51 PM local time. It will cool down a bit and the temperature during the beginning of the second match is expected to be 32 degrees Celsius gradually reducing to 31 degrees by the end. Winds will continue to be light and the relative humidity percentage will be in the sixties. As far as the human comfort index is concerned, it will feel like 37 degrees Celsius and the players will be sweating a lot. Chances of dew formation particularly in the later part of the second match are quite bright.
WICKET-KEEPERS: K Perera
BATSMEN: K O’Brien, P Stirling, B Rajapaksa, A Fernando
ALL-ROUNDERS: W Hasaranga, C Campher
BOWLERS: D Chameera, M Adair, L Kumara, M Theekshana
Captain choices: W Hasaranga/K Perera
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