HOBART: Sri Lanka defeated Ireland by nine wickets in a T20 World Cup match at the Bellerive Oval, here on Sunday.
Batting first, Ireland posted a below-par 128 for 8 with Harry Tector top-scoring with a 42-ball 45 and Paul Stirling hitting a 25-ball 34.
In reply, Sri Lanka chased down the total in 15 overs, riding on Kusal Mendis’s unbeaten 43-ball 68.
Dhananjaya de Silva (31) and Charith Asalanka (31 not out) also made useful contributions.
For Sri Lanka, Maheesh Theekshana (2/19) and Wanindu Hasaranga (2/25) claimed two wickets each, while Binura Fernando (1/27), Lahiru Kumara (1/12), Chamika Karunaratne (1/29) and Dhananjaya de Silva (1/13) snapped one each.
Brief Score:
Ireland: 128 for 8 in 20 overs (Harry Tector 45; Maheesh Theekshana 2/19).
Sri Lanka: 133 for 1 in 15 overs (Kusal Mendis 68 not out; Gareth Delany 1/28).


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