Saturday 16 December 2017

Chandimal and Shanaka power Sri Lanka to rain-affected win over Ireland

Dinesh Chandimal scored a century as Sri Lanka beat Ireland
Dinesh Chandimal scored a century as Sri Lanka beat Ireland

Dinesh Chandimal's unbeaten century and a fine all-round display by Dasun Shanaka helped Sri Lanka secure a 76-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over Ireland in the first one-day international at Malahide.

Chandimal, who also struck a century against England in the second Test at Chester-le-Street, made exactly 100 from 107 balls as the tourists finished on 303 for seven from their 50 overs.

Ireland were 164 for four when the rain came down, but after three overs were lost they never threatened to reach a revised target of 293 and were bundled out for 216 with 38 balls unused.

Shanaka finished with five for 43, having earlier clubbed a quickfire 42.

Barry McCarthy took two wickets in as many overs to restrict Sri Lanka to 48 for two after the powerplay, but Kusal Mendis led the recovery with a half-century before being caught and bowled by Kevin O'Brien.

Chandimal anchored the innings, hitting just six fours, as Angelo Mathews (49) and Chanaka provided the pyrotechnics, with the latter firing 42 off only 19 balls prior to being bowled by Boyd Rankin.

Between them, Mathews and Chanaka hit nine fours and five sixes - the only maximums in the Sri Lanka innings.

Ireland's reply got off to a strong start, but Shanaka bowled Paul Stirling for 27 after a 53-run opening stand.

The seam-bowling all-rounder then had Ed Joyce and John Anderson caught behind cheaply, and when skipper William Porterfield fell to Shaminda Eranga for 73, Ireland had fallen well behind the required rate.

O'Brien hit three sixes in making 64 from 49 balls either side of the rain delay, but he was trapped lbw by Nuwan Pradeep as the last six wickets folded for 18 runs, with Shanaka doing most of the damage.

The two sides meet again at the same venue on Saturday before Sri Lanka return to England for a five-match ODI series.

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