T20 World Cup: Srilanka vs Ireland Probable XI

Topic: T20 World Cup 2021

On Monday, Sri Lanka eased past a Namibia side that had rarely played under lights, and whose batters were largely unfamiliar with the type of pace they had to face.

Ireland had not had a great series against the UAE, in the approach to the T20 World Cup, but they seemed to hit their stride since then. They won both their warm-up matches comfortably, then positively flew past Netherlands, who had been expected to provide them more of a challenge.

Leading the charge against the Dutch was Curtis Campher, who emulated Sri Lanka's greatest T20 player in taking four wickets in four balls. But even by that stage, Ireland's bowlers were in control, having struck twice early, and having kept Netherlands' scoring rate to around a run-a-ball. Their top order, which had flexed its muscles in the warm-up against Bangladesh, was not seriously tested by a target of 107.

On top of all these reasons for Sri Lanka to be wary, here's another: Ireland are coached by Graham Ford, who had been Sri Lanka's coach until mid-2017. Though, such has been the rate of turnover in Sri Lanka's limited-overs teams, the only players in this current squad Ford would have worked with extensively are the likes of Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Kumara, and Dushmantha Chameera (who has grown into a much better bowler since then).

Sri Lanka Probable XI:

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera(w), Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumaras.


Ireland Probable XI:

Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Harry Tector, Neil Rock(w), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Benjamin White, Joshua Little

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