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Sri Lanka vs Ireland

by Shazeen Ifamy

TOP STORIES about three months ago

  • The two-match test series between Sri Lanka and Ireland ended with the hosts clean sweeping the series two to none, Sri Lanka won the first match by innings and 280 runs and the second match by an innings and 10 runs. 

Award Winner:

  • Player of the Match 1st Test: Prebath Jayasuriya

  • Player of the Match 2nd Test: Prebath Jayasuriya

  • Player of the Series: Kusal Mendis

Where were the Games Won?

The decisive factor of the series was seniority as Sri Lanka’s vast experience in terms of test cricket history outpowered Ireland’s small history in test cricket that resulted in Sri Lanka dominating the series both with bat and ball. As a result of this, Sri Lanka won both games comprehensively and subsequently brought up their 100th test match win by winning the second test.

What was the Surprise of the Series?

The surprise of the series was how the Irish bounced back from a demoralizing defeat in the first test to put up a good fight in the second by scoring 492 in their first innings with two centuries. As a result of this, the Irish made Sri Lanka work throughout the test despite losing but the fight and character they showed throughout the second test, enduring cramps and all was commendable. 

Notable Players:

A few players really stood out throughout the series for both teams, one such player was Irelands, Curtis Campher, the allrounder scored 153 runs including a hundred and took three wickets throughout the two tests. Another player who stood out was Nishan Madushanka, the young Sri Lankan opener scored 234 runs in just two innings including a double century in the second match that helped set up a Sri Lankan victory.


Overall, this series was historical for both teams for different reasons but though historical, the series in the end highlighted the huge difference between the two teams in terms of skill required to win test matches. With that said, Sri Lanka will be happy with their performance throughout the series as it was near perfect while for Ireland, they would have ticked some important boxes in their test cricket history but will know that they have many more boxes to tick.

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