Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates on Sri Lanka‘s tour of England 2016. Here you will find all the live updates of the first One-Day International (ODI) match between Ireland and Sri Lanka at The Village, Malahide, Dublin. After the three-match Test series with England, Sri Lanka is all set to play limited-overs cricket and they start their quest with a two-match ODI series with Ireland. Sri Lanka, who are coming from a defeat in the Test series, will seek victory to enter the following five-match ODI series with England full of confidence while the series will be a good experience of international cricket for Ireland. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland vs Sri Lanka 2016,1st ODI at Dublin

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 216 in 40.4 Ovs. BATTING: Boyd Rankin 0 (2) SL WIN!!!! That’s it, a total collapse, as the final three wickets fall in single figures, with Dasun Shanaka creating havoc with the ball and destroying the Irish team by 76-run, via D/L method, in the opening contest.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 211/7 in 38 Ovs. BATTING: Barry McCarthy 0 (1), Max Sorensen 0 (0) GONE!!!! Three more wickets in the form of Poynter, Gary Wilson and Kevin have put the Irish chase in jeopardy. How far can they travel from here, or is there an upset still on the cards?

OUT! Stuart Poynter b Dasun Shanaka 20 (21), Gary Wilson lbw b Angelo Mathews 1 (2), Kevin O’Brien lbw b Nuwan Pradeep 64 (49)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 191/4 in 35 Ovs. BATTING: Kevin O’Brien 51 (39), Stuart Poynter 15 (17)No harm done following the resumption of play, as the batsmen make sure that they don’t suffer setbacks, with now a lesser total to be chased in lesser overs. Meanwhile, Kevin scores his half-century. Can he lead his team to a win here?

Play resumes. 47 overs to be played, as Ireland need 293 runs to win now.

Rain stops play. IRE 26 runs short of D/L total, i.e. 190.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 164/4 in 32.3 Ovs. BATTING: Kevin O’Brien 41 (33), Stuart Poynter 3 (7) — GONE!!!! William Porterfield is on his way back after playing an impressive knock of 73, as he is dismissed by Shaminda Eranga, after being caught by Kusal Perera, as Stuart Poynter is the new man in. What’s in store for Ireland here?

OUT! William Porterfield c Kusal Perera b Shaminda Eranga 73 (88)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 150/3 in 29 Ovs. BATTING: William Porterfield 69 (81), Kevin O’Brien 36 (26) The 150 is up for the Irish, as they look to almost score the same in the remaining 21 overs and cause an upset to Sri Lanka, but they need to maintain their wickets and not lose it frequently.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 120/3 in 29 Ovs. BATTING: William Porterfield 58 (70), Kevin O’Brien 17 (30) No harm done, as Porterfield continues his steady innings following his half-century, while Kevin continues to play a steady innings and not looking to go harsh on the bowlers, as well as giving them any chance to throw away his wicket, while Ireland go past their 100-run mark.

OUT! John Anderson c Dinesh Chandimal b Dasun Shanaka 7 (19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 90/2 in 19 Ovs. BATTING: William Porterfield 45 (49), John Anderson 7 (16) GONE!!!! No harm done following the dismissal of Joyce as both the batsmen make sure that the stick on in the pursuit of the hefty total chase, while they edge near the 100-run mark.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 82/2 in 16 Ovs. BATTING: William Porterfield 40 (45), John Anderson 4 (3) GONE!!!! Ed Joyce is the new man to be dismissed as he is dismissed for mere nine by Dasun Shanaka, after being caught by Chandimal, with John Anderson being the new man in. How far can the Irish go with the bat?

OUT! Ed Joyce c Dinesh Chandimal b Dasun Shanaka 9 (14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 54/1 in 12 Ovs. BATTING: William Porterfield 25 (36), Ed Joyce 6 (6) GONE!!!! Paul Stirling is the first victim, as he is bowled by Dasun Sanaka for 27. Ed Joyce is the new man as they go past the 50-run mark. Still a long road to travel for the Irish.

OUT! Paul Stirling b Dasun Shanaka 27 (34)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 37/0 in 9 Ovs. BATTING: William Porterfield 16 (28), Paul Stirling 20 (26) The same story continues as of now, as the Lankan bowlers have been unable to get a breakthrough. Can they do some talking with the ball?

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 19/0 in 6 Ovs. BATTING: William Porterfield 6 (17), Paul Stirling 12 (19) The steady game play by Ireland continue, as they continue to bat steadily in order to save wickets initially and make sure that they remain strong in pursuit of their strong chase.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: IRE 10/0 in 3 Ovs. BATTING: William Porterfield 4 (9), Paul Stirling 6 (9)Slow and steady start by the Irish as the openers make sure to get off to a composed start and not suffer early setback in their pursuit to chase down the hefty total.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 303/7 in 50 Ovs. BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 102 (109), Dhananjaya de Silva 3 (3)THAT’S IT!!!! Sri Lanka have managed to post a challenging total of 303 for the loss of seven wickets, thanks to the ton by Chandimal. How would Ireland react with the bat?

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 224/4 in 43 Ovs. BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 73 (91), Dasun Shanaka 1 (7) GONE!!!! Mathews has been bowled for 49. Oh dear, that’s indeed unfortunate, as he was looking promising, just a run short of a milestone, but he is knocked over by Max Sorensen. Nevertheless, a healthy innings comes to an end.

OUT! Angelo Mathews b Max Sorensen 49 (52)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 211/3 in 40 Ovs. BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 44 (46), Angelo Mathews 39 (37) — The Lankans also get past the 200-run mark. Now the big question is, can they touch 300. With still 10 more overs to go, and seven wickets intact, it could be a high possibility, especially with the form the current batsmen are.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 190/3 in 37 Ovs. BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 52 (77), Angelo Mathews 39 (37) — With Chandimal scoring his half-century, it’s now the time and turn for the skipper to also bring up his as he too inches closer.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 178/3 in 34 Ovs. BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 42 (66), Angelo Mathews 37 (30) — Mathews seems to be on a roll here, as he is smashing most of the bowlers, and is going fast as of now, as he is quickly into his 30s, while Chandimal is just nine runs short of his half-century.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 152/3 in 31 Ovs. BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 39 (61), Angelo Mathews 14 (17) The Lankans go past the 150-run mark as well, while Dinesh Chandimal inches closer to his half-century, as Angelo Mathews is too playing a sensible innings. Still hard to predict a competitive total, but a good one could definitely be on the cards.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 135/3 in 28 Ovs. BATTING: Dinesh Chandimal 33 (55), Angelo Mathews 3 (5) GONE!!!! Kusal Mendis is the next to fall as he is dismissed right after scoring his half-century for 51, with Kevin O’Brien dismissing him off caught and bowled, as skipper Angelo Mathews comes in.

OUT! Kusal Mendis c & b Kevin O’Brien 51 (59)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 124/2 in 25 Ovs. BATTING: Kusal Mendis 48 (53), Dinesh Chandimal 28 (48) As they go past their 100-run mark, the batsmen make sure that they stick around for some more action and play some fiery innings. However, as of now, they still continue to play a composed innings, as they have put-up a 73-run stand so far for the second wicket, with the Irish bowlers struggling to get done with this pair.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 100/2 in 21 Ovs. BATTING: Kusal Mendis 35 (41), Dinesh Chandimal 19 (36) The 100 runs are up for the visiting Lankans as the batsmen tend to make sure that they stick around for most of the time and also lead their innings to a commendable total. They also hope to open their arms and start scoring runs in a flow, as they have spent some pretty good time on the pitch, enough to get a fair idea about the conditions and play accordingly.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 92/2 in 18 Ovs. BATTING: Kusal Mendis 33 (33), Dinesh Chandimal 14 (26) The same story continues, as they batsmen are trying hard to get their scoring train on the track, but the Irish bowlers seem to be giving a road block. Nevertheless, they have come closer to the 100-run mark.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 77/2 in 15 Ovs. BATTING: Kusal Mendis 26 (25), Dinesh Chandimal 6 (17) As usual, the fall of two quick wickets has slowed the pace of scoring runs with a couple of new batsmen on the crease, with just 13 runs added in the next three overs. However, a little long more into the crease, and getting accustomed to the condition would be of some good use to the batsmen as they could probably think of freeing their arms.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 64/2 in 12 Ovs. BATTING: Kusal Mendis 17 (14), Dinesh Chandimal 4 (9) GONE!!!! the second one goes down, as it’s the big hitting batsman Kusal Perera, who falls for 32 to Barry McCarthy, after being caught and bowled by him. A couple of wickets in quick succession in the form of the openers brings a couple of new batsmen on the crease. Where do the Lankans go from here?

OUT! Kusal Perera c & b Barry McCarthy 32 (38)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 47/1 in 9 Ovs. BATTING: Kusal Perera 32 (37), Kusal Mendis 4 (6) GONE!!!! The first wicket is down for the Lankans as the hosts Ireland have their first breakthrough in the form of Gunathilaka, who seemed to be shaky right from the start, as he edges it to the first slip.

OUT! Danushka Gunathilaka c Paul Stirling b Barry McCarthy 9 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 35/0 in 6 Ovs. BATTING: Danushka Gunathilaka 6 (7), Kusal Perera 28 (29) The openers suddenly seem to be picking up with the pace as they are coming up with big shots and dealing in boundaries for the past three overs, especially Kusal Perera, who seems to be in an aggressive mood.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SL 5/0 in 3 Ovs. BATTING: Danushka Gunathilaka 0 (1), Kusal Perera 1 (5) Slow start by the Sri Lankans as the new conditions would definitely take some time for the thwe opening batsmen to get adjusted with, while the Irish bowlers are making sure that they keep Sri lanka on their toes and restrict them to limited runs and not allow them room to free their arms, go for the big shots, and allow the opening batsmen to settle down easily.

Teams:

Ireland: William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, John Aderson, Ed Joyce, Stuart Poynter, Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, Barry McCarthy, Max Sorensen, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Shaminda Eranga, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilake, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Sanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna.

TOSS: Ireland (Bowl)

Sri Lanka have many young players in their squad as they are going through the rebuilding phase. Led by Angelo Mathews, the team has talented and experienced players like Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Suranga Lakmal and Upul Tharanga to guide the youngsters. One surprise inclusion in the series is that of Ferveez Maharoof and all eyes would definitely be on him. Another player who will be the center of attraction has to be Dasun Shanaka who impressed everyone with his bowling on his Test debut against England the current series.

Ireland, on the other hand, have an experienced side with players like Boyd Rankin, Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien. A big blow for the team will be Niall O’Brien’s absence due to his injury. However, the team has strong squad with all the elements as well as the home side advantage to win the match and series.

SQUADS:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Suraj Randiv, Seekkuge Prasanna.

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson (wk).

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland vs Sri Lanka 2016,1st ODI at Dublin