Sri Lanka overcome conditions to down Ireland

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Sri Lanka battled through the Irish cold yesterday to win the first of two ODIs against Ireland by 79 runs.

Sri Lanka were put into bat by Irish captain William Porterfield, and immediately struggled with the conditions, with the ball wobbling around and Tim Murtagh almost unplayable.  Sri Lanka did not hit a boundary for the first 7 overs, and lost wickets regularly, crumbling to 95/5 after nearly 30 overs.

The innings was rescued by some late hitting from Kulasekera and Mendis, who hit 42* from 34 balls and 18* from 9 balls respectively. That took the Sri Lankan score up to 219/8, and the Irish never looked like chasing it.

They were reduced to 5/2 early on, and then 74/6 as rain clouds threateed to bring things to an early close. Mendis and Lakmal were the pick of the bowlers with 3/27 and 3/27 respectively.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka also learnt that their next opponents, England, would be without Stuart Broad for the upcoming ODIs and T20i. Broad has been troubled by tendonitis in his knee since England’s tour to the West Indies earlier in the year, and hasn’t bowled for a month.  He is targeting the first Test at Lord’s on June 12th for his return.

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