Angelo Mathews will lead the Sri Lankan team © AFP
Angelo Mathews will lead the Sri Lankan team © AFP

Catch the live cricket scores and live cricket streaming of the first match to be played on Thursday between Ireland and Sri Lanka. It is a bilateral One-Day International (ODI) series. The venue of the match is The Village, Malahide at Dublin in Ireland. It is a two-match ODI series making the first one-day very important. Whichever side wins the first game cannot lose the series from there on-wards. As per the squad announced by both the teams, Sri Lanka will be captained by Angelo Mathews whereas William Porterfield will lead the Irish team. Minnows Ireland will be hoping to come up with a good performance and give Sri Lanka a thorough fight. Ireland will aim hard for a victory, and they will definitely have the local crowd’s support. Full Cricket Scorecard: Ireland  vs  Sri Lanka, Live Score, 1st ODI match, Ireland vs Sri Lanka 2016

Sri Lanka are coming after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of England in the recently concluded Test series. But they are definitely the hot favourites to win this one. If they win this series comprehensively by big margins, it will do a world of good when they face England again in a five-match ODI series. Ireland will have to remain wary about some of the big names in Sri Lanka’s squad. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Ireland vs Sri Lanka 2016,1st ODI at Dublin

Though being a little low on confidence, the Lankans would want to take things afresh with a better performance this time around. A win over Ireland will certainly not give them an edge over England when they face the latter later on. However, it will definitely pep them up a little after the loss in the three-match Test series.