Dinesh Chandimal scored his ton off 107 balls including six boundaries along with a strike rate of 93 © AFP (File Photo)
Dinesh Chandimal scored his ton off 107 balls including six boundaries along with a strike rate of 93 © AFP (File Photo)

Sri Lanka‘s wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal scored an unbeaten ton of 102, as it propelled visitors Sri Lanka to a competitive total of 303 for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs, against minnows and hosts Ireland in the first of the two-match One-Day International (ODI) series, at The Village stadium in Dublin on Thursday. Earlier, Ireland skipper William Porterfield won the toss and elected to field first, as he moved in with a seam heavy team, with George Dockrell and Andy McBrine missing out, while Barry McCarthy made his ODI debut, as John Anderson too joins the playing XI. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland vs Sri Lanka 2016,1st ODI at Dublin

The Sri Lankan openers in the form of Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilake were off to a steady start, as they contributed the opening 42-runs before Gunathilake fell for mere nine to Barry McCarthy, after being caught by Stirling in the eighth over. Just five runs later, it was his fellow opener Perera, who was off to a steady and good start, fell for 32 to McCarthy again, who bowled him up just a couple of overs later.

It was followed by a strong 82-run stand for the third wicket between Kusal Mendis and Chandimal, as both the batsmen steered Lanka past the 100-run mark, before Mendis fell just after scoring his half-century for 51 at the score of 129, to Kevin O’Brien, who caught and bowled him, in the 27th over. Nevertheless, it was followed by another strong 88-run stand between Chandimal and skipper Angelo Mathews, before Mathews fell for an unfortunate 49 to Max Sorensen, who bowled him up in the 42nd over, as Chandimal scored his half-century. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Ireland vs Sri Lanka 2016,1st ODI at Dublin

As the scored ticked 278, it was Dasun Shanak, who fell for a fair 42 to Boyd Rankin, after being bowled by him in the 47th over, and just four balls later, it was Seekkuge Prasanna, who fell for an unfortunate duck, after being caught by John Anderson. Just 19 runs later, it was Upul Tharanga, who fell for mere seven to Tim Murtagh, after being caught by John Anderson in the final over, as Chandimal scored his ton off 107 balls including six boundaries along with a strike rate of 93. It was the pair of him, and Dhananjaya de Silva, who batted out until the end, as Sri Lanka went past the 300-run mark, and posted a challenging total of 202 for the loss of seven wickets.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 303 for 7 in 50 overs (Kusal Mendis 51, Dinesh Chandimal 102*; Boyd Ranking 2 for 45, Barry McCarthy 2 for 69) vs Ireland.

Full Scorecard

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)