Ireland host Sri Lanka in the final game of the two-match One Day International (ODI) series at The Village in Dublin on 18 June (Saturday). Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0.
Where to watch live
Match starts at 10.45am BST/3.15pm IST. Live coverage of the game is available on Setanta Sports Ireland in the UK.
Hosts Ireland's first International match of the summer did not go as planned as they were thrashed by the visitors by 76 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method in the first game on 16 June. The only thing that went in favour of the hosts was the toss, but after that it was all downhill for them. Their bowlers struggled to make use of overcast conditions with everyone except Boyd Ranking leaking under five runs an over.
Set to chase 304 runs, Ireland were not in the running from the start and despite contributions from skipper William Porterfield and all-rounder Kevin O'Brien they fell way short of the target. With the second match set to be played at the same venue, the team management will be hoping that the players show some fight. The Irish are expected to make no changes to the team that played in the first ODI.
Meanwhile, their opponents Sri Lanka come into this clash in high spirits. Dinesh Chandimal is finally living up to his billing, scoring an unbeaten 100, his second ton of the tour while Dasun Shanka took five wickets on debut, becoming only the 12th bowler in history to do so on debut.
Skipper Angelo Mathews too got some time in the middle to come into some sort of form, which will be very important for the team going forward in the tour. Sri Lanka most likely will go in with the same playing XI that beat Ireland in the first game.
Sri Lanka to win
Betting odds (betway)
- Ireland to win: 9/4
- Sri Lanka to win: 1/3
Possible XI: William Porterfield (C), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, John Anderson, Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poytner, Gary Wilson (WK), Max Sorenson, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin.
Possible XI: Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (C), Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep.