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Ireland restricts Sri Lanka to 144/9

Published: Sunday, June 14, 2009, 19:38 [IST]
 
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Ireland restricts Sri Lanka to 144/9

London: Ireland gave disciplined bowling performance as they restrict Sri Lanka to 144/9 in the World Cup Super Eight match at London.

It was the classic half century from former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene that helped Sri Lanka to reach a respectable total at Lords.  Jayawardene scored 78 off 53 balls which was studded with nine boundaries and a sixer.

Apart from Jayawardana's classy half century, it was a sad story of Sri Lanka's famed batting line up as eight of their batsmen could not reach even double fingers.

Cusack who ended with figures of 3-0-18-4 was the pick of the Ireland bowlers. Rankan and McCallan shared two wickets each.

Ireland gave shocking start to Lankan innings as they dismissed  batsman Dilshan for a duck and captain Sangakkara for 3 runs.  At that time Lakan score read 14/2, but a cautious 81 partnership between Jayasuriya and Jayawardene helped Lanka to come out of woods. Jayasurya was dismissed for 26.

After the departure of Jayauriya, Irish bowlers tightened their grip and Lankans innings ultimately finished at 144/9.

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