Sri Lanka will take on Ireland in the first round of the T20 World Cup 2021 on Wednesday. Sri Lanka registered an easy victory over Namibia in their opening game by 7 wickets, with 39 balls still left in the game. Maheesh Theekshana was exceptional with the ball and picked up crucial wickets. Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa got Sri Lanka home comfortably in the end. They are the favourites to top the Group A standings.
Ireland, on the other hand, wrapped up a 7-wicket win over the Netherlands in their opening encounter. Stellar bowling performances from Curtis Campher and Mark Adair helped Ireland to restrict the Netherlands for just 106 runs. They need to fight their heart out to win against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Vs Ireland Live Streaming
- Sri Lanka vs Ireland, Group A, Match 8
- Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
- Date & Time: 20th October at 8:00 PM IST and 6:00 PM Local Time
- Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, GTV, Tsports
The wicket has got genuine pace and bounce. The ball is likely to come better on to the bat, since it’s the second match of the day. The wicket doesn’t change much and bowling first is a good option here.
Sri Lanka Squads for T20 World Cup
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dusmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Ireland Squads for T20 World Cup
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Harry Tector, Simi Singh, Neil Rock (wk), Mark Adair, Josh Little, Ben White
Top Picks for SL vs IRE Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
Avishka Fernando is performing consistently with the bat for Sri Lanka. He saved his side from early collapse in the last match against Namibia and scored vital 30* runs from 28 balls.
Paul Stirling’s experience will definitely come in handy in this match. He remained unbeaten on 30 runs from 39 balls and got his team home comfortably in the end against the Netherlands.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
Wanindu Hasaranga can cause plenty of damage with his variations and he is an excellent batter as well. He picked up 2 wickets in the last match against Namibia at an economy of 6.
Curtis Campher picked up 4 wickets in 4 consecutive deliveries in the last match against Netherlands and became the third bowler to achieve this feat at the highest level.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Namibian batters didn’t have any answers against Maheesh Theekshana. He bowled well and picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 6.25, and was rewarded as the player of the match for his amazing bowling performances.
Mark Adair has outstanding with the ball in the last match against the Netherlands. He picked up 3 wickets and just conceded 9 runs in his full quota of 4 overs.
Top Picks – Wicketkeepers
Kusal Perera got the start he wanted against Namibia and didn’t able to convert into big one, as he was dismissed for just 11 runs. You can still back and include him in your Dream11 fantasy teams.
Player you should avoid:
Neil Rock is a middle-order batter. He won’t be getting much opportunity to score big runs. Hence, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.