Kusal Mendis’ 43 68 tackles led Sri Lanka to a nine-goal win in the opening match of the T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 against Ireland on Sunday. The Lankans, injured and entering the next phase after a shock loss to Namibia, have shown the form that helped them propel India and Pakistan to last month’s Asian Cup title with ball and bat.
Chased for 133 after a stellar bowling performance, Mendis played the third set in a row after his epic matches against the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands, keeping his belligerent mindset and choosing attacks. Irish bowling company from the beginning. The Lankans lost 50 to nothing in power play also thanks to Dhananjay de Silva’s 31 from 25 goal, and Mendis completed the chase along with Charith Asalanka’s 31 from 22.
There are questions about Sri Lanka’s ability to lead the line when injured, but he played a key role in the Lankans’ World Cup revival following the loss to Namibia. His approach is so measured that he doesn’t seem to stand up whenever he takes risks – even if he chooses not to, he is a huge risk in himself. cricket T20.
His blend of pragmatism and belligerence was perfect for a low-range chase like Hobart on Sunday – marked by two goals he broke in the leg in the third game. 15. In the past three rounds, he has proven that he is not only carrying the Sri Lankan bat but also one of the best players in this year’s World Cup.
Mendis, de Silva and Asalanka may have launched a ruthless chase, but Sri Lanka’s victory was based on their stellar performances with possession in the first set.
Ireland can play deep, and their mid-ranger has won them quite a few games, most recently with an incredible partnership between George Dockrell and Curtis Campher – who then hit the 72-36 – bringing them home. important win over Scotland last week. But the Sri Lankan players, dangerous as usual, made Ireland uncomfortable.
Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie showed their destructive power in their first power game when they knocked out the West Indies earlier this week. But with Binura’s opening, Fernando and Lahiru Kumara didn’t allow any play to have a similar beginning. The latter managed only two passes, but by knocking out Irish captain Balbirnie and retaining early runs, his contribution was huge.
Maheesh Theekshana even used wicket in power play, and Ireland’s up and down batting made him difficult to choose, and Wanindu Hasiranga, who became their strongest mid lane threat, still lost twice, even though he was leaked 25 runs.
Sri Lanka’s batting order may be resting on Kusal Mendis’ laurels at the moment, but their bowling attack is just as fearsome as a unit, with each contributing wickets and good economy at the correct time. Their loss to Namibia was troubling, but their clinical victory over Ireland shows that they remain a threat to the elite teams at the World Cup.
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