Madhiya Vanakkam! Welcome to Cricket Country’s live cricket coverage of the second One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Ireland. Pramod Ananth will be bringing you live updates from the clash taking place on Saturday. Today’s clash will take place at The Village, Dublin and the visitors are leading the series by 1-0. Their win in the last match would have given them some confidence after a Test series loss to England and they will look to win the 2-match series against Ireland today. The 76-run win through Duckworth Lewis (DL) saw plenty of superb performances from Sri Lanka and Ireland collapsed soon after looking like they were up for the task. Nonetheless, they will look to play better cricket and try to turn things around in the second ODI. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland  vs  Sri Lanka , 2nd ODI match at Dublin 

MATCH REPORT

Live cricket score & updates Ireland 241 |Overs 45 | TARGET 378| Boyd Rankin 18 (18): It’s all over for Ireland. They succumb to a 136-run loss. Andy McBrine was the last man to go for a well made 79. The last wicket partnership between McBrine and Rankin was 54, which ensured that Ireland almost batted out their 50 overs. OUT! Andy McBrine c Mendis b Mathews 79 (64)

Live cricket score & updates Ireland 222/9 |Overs 43 | TARGET 378| Andy McBrine 62 (56), Boyd Rankin 16 (14): Andy McBrine scores a fifty, but looks as though it is going to be in a losing  cause. His fifty has however gotten Ireland past the 200-run mark. Sri Lanka have been clinical with their bowling performance, just like they were with their batting. OUT! Tim Murtagh c Mathews b Lakmal 0 (4)

Live cricket score & updates Ireland 173/8 |Overs 37 | TARGET 378| Andy McBrine 31 (38), Tim Murtagh 0 (0): Ireland have not made any significant progress, but Sri Lanka on the other hand are one step closer to a win. Lakmal has picked up three wickets so far and Prasanna has chipped in with a couple. OUT! Stuart Poynter c Gunathilaka b Lakmal 36 (50), Barry McCarthy b Gunathilaka 5 (7)

Live cricket score & updates Ireland 136/6 |Overs 31 | TARGET 378| Stuart Poynter 23 (39), Andy McBrine 12 (20): Prasanna’s day just keeps getting better and better as he gets rid of Wilson. He follows his good show with the bat with the ball as well. His teammates are backing it up well as well. Ireland are on the verge of getting bowled out well before their quota of 50 overs. OUT! Gary Wilson b Prasanna 11 (14)

Live cricket score & updates Ireland 104/5 |Overs 23 | TARGET 378| Stuart Poynter 8 (17), Gary Wilson 7 (8): Another one back in the hut and this time it is Anderson, who was looking so good. Half the side is back in the hut now and Sri Lanka will look to pick up the remaining wickets as soon as possible and win the series 2-0. OUT! John Anderson c Mendis b Prasanna

Live cricket score & updates Ireland 84/4 |Overs 17 | TARGET 378| John Anderson 27 (29), Stuart Poynter 4 (5): Ireland have lost two more wickets and find themselves in deeper trouble at the moment. Anderson is still out there, but Ireland have lost the wickets of theexperienced Ed Joyce and Kevin O’Brien. Sri Lanka very much on top at the moment. OUT! Ed Joyce c Gunathilaka b Maharoof 9 (17). Kevin O’Brien c Maharoof b Shanaka 12 (9)

Live cricket score & updates Ireland 41/2 |Overs 10 | TARGET 378| Ed Joyce 9 (16), John Anderson 0 (2): Ireland have lost their way and have lost a couple of wickets along the way. Suranga Lakmal has dismissed both the openers and has put Sri Lanka on top. OUT! William Porterfield c Mathews b Lakmal 8 (18), Paul Stirling c Chandimal b Lakmal 22 (24)

Live cricket score & updates Ireland 26/0 |Overs 4 | TARGET 378| William Porterfield 8 (11), Paul Stirling 16 (13): Ireland have made a steady start, but they will need more from their openers, if they are to pose a challenge. Sri Lanka will however want to strike early to feel a bit better. Stirling has however struck a four and a six off Maharoof to relieve some pressure. Ireland already need close to eight an over from here.

INNINGS REPORT

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 377/8 | Overs 50| Upul Tharanga 1 (1), Shaminda Eranga 0 (1): And that’s the end of the innings as Sri Lanka set Ireland a target of 378. it was an excellent innings from Prasanna and perera, but Ireland managed to pick up a lot of wickets in the end, but could not keep the runs down. OUT! Angelo Mathews c Wilson b Rankin 24 (18), Farveez Maharof c McBrine b McCarthy 29 (16), Dinesh Chandimal c Wilson b McCarthy 3 (4), Kusal Mendis c McCarthy b Murtagh 8 (7)

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 342/4 | Overs 46| Angelo Mathews 20 (14), Farveez Maharoof 13 (9): Sri Lanka have lost three quick wickets. Perera went after scoring a magnificent ton. Prasanna fell five runs short of what could have been the fastest century by a Sri Lankan. Dasun Shanaka too went after that. It is now up to Maharoof and Mathews to get Sri Lanka past 360. OUT! Seekkuge Prasanna b Murtagh 95 (46), Kusal Perera 135 (128), Dasun Shanaka c Murtagh b McBrine 1 (2)

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 302/1 | Overs 41| Kusal Perera 130 (125), Seekkuge Prasanna 94 (44): Sri Lanka are going extremely well and this second-wicket partnership between Perera and Prasanna has has been a brilliant one so far. they are going at an extremely brisk rate and Prasanna is on the verge of becoming the fastest century maker for Sri Lanka.

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 231/1 | Overs 35| Kusal Perera 100 (105),Seekkuge Prasanna 59 (28): Sri Lanka are cruising along and Prasanna gets to his fifty off just 23 deliveries. It was a surprise when he was promoted to No. 3, but he has delivered. Perera too gets to his ton.

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 180/1 | Overs 31| Kusal Perera 88 (98),Seekkuge Prasanna 20 (11): Ireland have managed to finally strike as Gunathilaka is run out for 63, two short of his highest ODI score. He was sadly run out after taking off a bit late for the ru. Surprisingly, with an average of under 20, it’s Seekkuge prasanna, who has walked in at No. 3 for Sri Lanka. OUT! Danushka Gunathilaka run out 63 (78)

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 144/0 | Overs 25| Kusal Perera 77 (79), Danushka Gunathilaka 61 (72): Now Gunathilaka too goes past his fifty and Sri Lanka are now cruising. Ireland bowlers seem to have no answers whatsoever. Perera has entered his seventies and looks set to get a ton today.

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 104/0 | Overs 20| Kusal Perera 63 (62), Danushka Gunathilaka 38 (58): Perera goes past fifty and has looked in no trouble whatsoever. He will look to convert this into a big one. Gunathilaka too has looked in good form. the bowling changes don not seem to be working at the moment for Ireland, who need a wicket or two badly.

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 74/0 | Overs 15| Kusal Perera 44 (49), Danushka Gunathilaka 28 (41): 15 overs have been bowled and Ireland are yet to pick up a single wicket. Sri Lanka are going at a decent pace and with wickets in hand, they good go on to post a huge score on the board. Ireland in desperate need of a wicket now.

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 64/0 | Overs 12| Kusal Perera 39 (38), Danushka Gunathilaka 23 (34): Sri Lanka have consolidated their position in the match. Gunathilaka too is now looking aggressive. He launched Murtagh over the long on fence. Perera at the other end is scoring very freely.

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 43/0 | Overs 9| Kusal Perera 31 (28), Danushka Gunathilaka 12 (26): Ireland need to pick uood start and the openers are slowly settling in. A few bowling changes now and then may be a good idea. Perera looks to be ominous form and has dispatched Rankin to the fence a couple of times in his previous over. Kevin O’Brien in runs into Gunathilaka and there is a delay as they are checked. They seem to be fine at the moment.

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 26/0 | Overs 6| Kusal Perera 21 (20), Danushka Gunathilaka 5 (16): Sri Lanka have upped the ante as Perera manages to score three boundaries off Rankin’s over.He has gotten himself off to a good start. Gunathilaka is going slow at the moment.

Live cricket score & updates Sri Lanka 11/0 | Overs 3| Kusal Perera 7 (12), Danushka Gunathilaka 4 (6): Sri Lanka have gotten themselves off to a slow start. Opening bowlers Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin have managed t keep things tight at the moment. They will want to continue their good job.

Playing XI:

Ireland team: Wiliam Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, John Anderson, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Gary Wilson (wk), Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin.

Sri Lankan team: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilake, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Mendis, Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Farveez Maharoof.

TOSS UPDATES: Ireland team win toss, opt to field.

Sri Lanka would have been happy to see their middle-order play the way they did in the first ODI. Dinesh Chandimal’s century along with valuable contributions from captain Angelo Mathews and Dasun Shanaka lower down the order took them to a big score. Then Shanaka’s 5-wicket haul on his debut would have made the skipper and the selectors proud as well. They could though still try out different things before they head to play the 5-ODI series against England. A change in the batting order, or a a tactical cahnge to bring in a player might happen. Chances of playing Farveez Maharoof are possible.

Ireland on the other hand would want to give in a better performance this time around. Captain William Porterfield was anchoring the inning swell before he got out. Kevin O’Brien played well too. Other than that the batsman failed to make a mark.  Among the bowlers too, only Boyd Rankin was economical as well as among the wickets. Therefore, Irealnd will really have to play out of their skin to cause an upset.

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).

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Ireland  vs  Sri Lanka , 2nd ODI match at Dublin