Kusal Perera registered his highest ODI score today    Getty images
Kusal Perera registered his highest ODI score today Getty images

Magnificent ton from Kusal Perera and and a cameo from Seekkuge Prasanna rockets Sri Lanka to 377 for 8 in their 50 overs against Ireland in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Dublin. Prasanna had a chance to score the fastest ton by a Sri Lankan batsman, but fell short by five runs. Sri Lanka got off to a bright start courtesy of their opening stand between Perera and Dashunka Gunathilaka. They put on 147 runs in 158 deliveries and had set the platform beautifully for the middle-order to explode. To everyone s surprise, Prasanna walked in at No. 3 after Gunathilaka was run out for 63. Live Cricket Scorecard: Ireland vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI at Dublin

He took very little time to settle as he got to his maiden fifty off just 23 deliveries. The duo brought up their 100-run stand in no time to put Sri Lanka on the verge of a huge score. IRE vs SL 2016, Live Cricket Updates, 2nd ODI at Dublin

Ireland bowlers found it tough to pick up wickets right through the innings. Barry McCarthy and Paul Striling were the only ones to keep the runs under check. But the other bowlers, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin and even Kevin O Brien went for plenty. Skipper William Porterfield was looking around for options and could not find any, who could keep the runs under control.

Perera and Prasanna put on 161 runs in under 15 overs and were eventually dismissed in quick succession. Perera went for 135 off 128, while Prasanna was dismissed for 46-ball 95. Murtagh was the one, who picked up both wickets and Ireland finally had some momentum in the latter stages of the innings. Things got better for them as Andy McBrine got rid of Dasun Shanaka for 1, to finish with 1 for 60 in his 10 overs.

Ireland however managed to pick up a heap of wickets right at the death and certainly have the momentum going into the break, but will will have their task cut out, if they are to cause an upset from here.

It was Ireland, who had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Thomas Sorensen was dropped for today s match and was replaced by Andy McBrine. Sri Lanka on the other hand welcomed Suranga Lakmal and Farveez Maharoof in place of Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjaya de Silva. Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0.

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka 377 for 8 in 50 Overs (Kusal Perera 135, Seekkuge Prasana 95; Tim Murtagh 3 for 66, Barry McCarthy 2 for 52) vs Ireland

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