SL vs IRE Dream11 Prediction: 1st Test Match Playing 11, Pitch Report and Fantasy Cricket Tips for Sri Lanka vs Ireland Dream11 Team

Published on: Apr 14, 2023 3:46 pm IST|Updated on: Apr 14, 2023 3:46 pm IST

SL vs IRE Dream11

Sri Lanka go head-to-head against Ireland in the 1st Test of the Two Test Match Series here in Galle International Stadium, Galle starting on Sunday, 16th April at 10:00 AM IST.

Sri Lanka are coming at the back of a series loss against New Zealand in New Zealand. The first test is where they put up a fight. It went down to the wire of where Kane Williamson’s century separated them in the end. Sri Lanka needed to pick up two wickets in the end which they failed to do. In the second test, they went down badly, it was an innings defeat. It was a dismal batting effort in the first innings. Much better turn around in the second innings but it was too much to do as they were following on.

Ireland on the other hand are playing their first ever Test series against Sri Lanka. Ireland just finished their only test match against Bangladesh. They were without the services of Paul Stirling but he’s going to be missing out the first test here too. However, Ireland had impressive performances from the likes of Harry Tector, Andy McBrine and Lorcan Tucker which they’ll look to carry forward into this test series.

SL vs IRE Dream11 Team Prediction for Today Match

Sri Lanka vs Ireland, 1st Test

16th – 20th April, 10:00 AM IST

Galle International Stadium, Galle

The 1st Test match of the two test match series between Sri Lanka and Ireland will take place at the Galle International Stadium, Galle on 16th April at 3:30 PM IST.

Where to Watch SL vs IRE Live?

Sri Lanka vs Ireland Test series will be live telecasted on Sony Sports channels in India.

Galle International Stadium Pitch Report

The pitch at Galle is usually spin friendly. The ball usually tends to grip off the surface, spinners will play significant role throughout the test. Batters will have to stay alert all the time, lapse in concentration might end up being the demise for them.

Good thing for the batters is, they need to get acclimatized to the conditions and once they are in, they make the most of the conditions and make it a big one. Teams batting first have won most of the time. Average first innings score on this track is 361.

Team Form Guide:

SL (recent first): LLWLW
IRE (recent first): LLLL

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SL Playing 11

1. Sadeera Samarawickrama
2. Dimuth Karunaratne (C)
3. Kusal Mendis
4. Angelo Mathews
5. Dinesh Chandimal
6. Dhananjaya de Silva
7. Nishan Madushka (WK)
8. Ramesh Mendis
9. Prabath Jayasuriya
10. Lasith Embuldeniya
11. Asitha Fernando

  • Sri Lanka are coming into the series after a 2-0 defeat against New Zealand away from home.
  • Niroshan Dickwella has been dropped from the Test squad. Lasith Embuldeniya has been recalled for the series.
  • Sri Lanka have included uncapped leg spinner Dushan Hemantha in their squad.
  • Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the Sri Lanka side in the test series.

 Angelo Mathews vs Ireland in Tests

Angelo Mathews has been the backbone of the Sri Lankan test team in recent times. At home, Sri Lanka are expected to dominate the test matches and with Angelo Mathews experience they want to put up a near perfect performance in this test.

Last 5 performances in Tests Runs & Average in Tests Test Matches, Runs & Average in Sri Lanka Test performances at Galle Captain or Vice captain choice
1, 2, 47, 115 & 0/18, 42 7118 Runs & 45.05 Average 99 Innings, 3640 Runs & 43.33 Avg 35, 42, 9, 0, 52

Dimuth Karunaratne vs Ireland in Tests

Dimuth Karunaratne has been the pillar of the Sri Lankan test side in sometime. Karunaratne opening batting has given them good starts and in this tests, he’s expected lay down the foundation and then set up the game for the middle order.

Last 5 performances in Tests Runs & Average in Tests Test Matches, Runs & Average in Sri Lanka Test performances at Galle Captain or Vice captain choice
89, 51, 17, 50, 40 6230 Runs & 39.93 Average 67 innings, 3136 runs & 48.24 avg 61, 40, 16, 1, 86

IRE Playing 11

1. James McCollum
2. Murray Commins
3. Andy Balbirnie (C)
4. Harry Tector
5. Curtis Campher
6. Peter Moor
7. Lorcan Tucker (WK)
8. Andy McBrine
9. Mark Adair
10. Graham Hume
11. Ben White

  • Ireland did put up a decent performance against Bangladesh and they’ll be taking the positives out of that game.
  • Andy Balbirnie will lead the Irish side, while Lorcan Tucker will keep wickets.
  • Paul Stirling will not be part of the first test. He’s expected to join the squad in the second test.

Andy Balbirnie vs Sri Lanka in Tests

Andy Balbirnie has been the mainstay with the bat for them in tests for Ireland. Balbirnie should take the responsibility against Sri Lanka where the spinners are expected to dominate, and his experience is key.

Last 5 performances in T20 Runs & Average in Tests Test Innings, Runs & Average in 2023 Test performances at Galle Captain or Vice captain choice
16, 3, 55, 5, 4 165 Runs & 20.62 Average 2 Innings, 86 Runs & 43.00 Average NA

Andy McBrine vs Sri Lanka in Tests

Andy McBrine is another experienced campaigner in the Ireland squad in tests. McBrine is a decent batter and on that Sri Lankan pitches he’s expected to pick up more wickets.

Last 5 performances in T20 Runs, Batting Average & Wickets in Tests Test Innings, Runs & Average in 2023 Test Innings, Wickets & Average in 2023 Captain or Vice captain choice
19 & 6-118, 72 & 1-52, 11 & DNB, 0 & DNB, 3 & DNB 329 Runs & 32.90 Average & 10 Wickets 2 Innings, 91 Runs & 45.50 Average 2 Innings, 7 Wickets & 24.28 Average

Who will win Sri Lanka vs Ireland match?

  • Sri Lanka are playing Ireland in Test matches for the first time.
  • Ireland are just taking their baby steps in the Test Match cricket and this is going to be a learning curve for most of the players.
  • Sri Lanka from the outset are looking to do a clean sweep of 2-0.

According to the Sri Lanka vs Ireland today match prediction, Sri Lanka are expected to win the 1st Test and win this SL vs IRE Dream11 Prediction.

SL vs IRE Dream11 Prediction

Wicket-Keepers: Lorcan Tucker, Kusal Mendis

Batters: Dimuth Karunaratne, Andy Balbirnie, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal

All-rounders: Curtis Campher, Dhananjaya de Silva, Andy McBrine

Bowlers: Lasith Embuldeniya, Mark Adair

SL vs IRE Dream11 Captain and Vice-Captain

For Small League, Head-to-Head contests: Andy Balbirnie, Andy McBrine

For Grand League: Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews

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