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Ireland vs. Sri Lanka, 1st One-Day International: Highlights, Scorecard, Report

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13:  Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka hits out during the ICC Champions Trophy Group A match between England and Sri Lanka at The Kia Oval on June 13, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorMay 6, 2014

Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 79 runs in the opening match of their one-day international series in Dublin.

The Associate Nation, who won the toss and chose to field at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, restricted the tourists to 219-8 in their 50 overs.

However, the hosts could only make 140 in their reply.

Sri Lanka, missing rested veteran batsmen Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, were in some trouble at 95-5.

However, Ashan Priyanjan (31) and Nuwan Kulasekara (42 not out) offered lower-order resistance.

The tourists lost Kusal Perera to a duck in the opening over and despite 39 from Dinesh Chandimal, they were five down in the 30th over.

Kulasekara, batting at eight, hit three fours and two sixes with 39 coming off the final three overs.

Sri Lanka: 219 for 8 (50 overs)
RunsMinutesBalls
K Perera c K O'Brien b Murtagh 0 4
Upul Tharanga c Wilson b Thompson 24 69 52
Thirimanne c Wilson b Cusack 8 32 24
Chandimal c and b K O'Brien 39 76 61
Mathews run out (N O'Brien) 30 76 53
Vithanage c Joyce b Stirling 5 4 5
Priyanjan c Joyce b Dockrell 31 49 44
N Kulasekara not out 42 45 34
Senanayake c Dockrell b Murtagh 3 13 14
A Mendis not out 18 14 9
Extras 0nb 18w 0b 1lb 19
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Murtagh 10.0 1 21 2
Sorensen 8.0 1 31 0
Cusack 8.0 1 53 1
Thompson 4.0 0 19 1
Dockrell 10.0 0 45 1
K O'Brien 2.0 0 10 1
Stirling 8.0 1 39 1
BBC

Sri Lanka’s bid to win a 10th consecutive ODI was boosted as Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce were dismissed to leave Ireland 5-2 in the fifth over.

Niall O'Brien made 33 from just 39 balls, but he was trapped lbw by Ajantha Mendis before Gary Wilson, Kevin O'Brien and Stuart Thompson followed in quick succession to leave Ireland 74-6 in the 23rd over.

Captain William Porterfied departed after making a patient 37, becoming Mendis' third victim, and then Suranga Lakmal picked up his third wicket with Alex Cusack seeing his middle stump pegged back.

The newly-crowned World Twenty20 champions wrapped up the victory inside 40 overs as Tim Murtagh was trapped lbw for 10.

Ireland: 140 (39.5 overs)
RunsMinutesBalls
Porterfield c K Perera b A Mendis 37 103 87
Stirling b N Kulasekara 4 5 6
Joyce c Chandimal b Lakmal 0 8 6
N O'Brien lbw b A Mendis 33 50 39
Wilson run out (Senanayake) 3 11 2
K O'Brien c Senanayake b Lakmal 0 2 1
Thompson lbw b A Mendis 1 4 7
Cusack b Lakmal 10 20 16
Sorensen lbw b N Kulasekara 17 39 35
Dockrell not out 18 41 27
Murtagh lbw b Senanayake 10 12 13
Extras 0nb 4w 0b 3lb 7
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Lakmal 8.0 1 29 3
N Kulasekara 8.0 3 30 2
Mathews 2.0 0 6 0
Senanayake 7.5 1 27 1
A Mendis 10.0 1 27 3
Priyanjan 3.0 0 11 0
Vithanage 1.0 0 7 0
BBC

The second match of the series is on the same ground on Thursday.

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