Malahide - Kusal Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna both made career-best scores as
Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 136 runs in the second one-day international
at Malahide on Saturday.
Victory saw Sri Lanka enjoy their second
heartening win in a matter of days as they took the two-match series 2-0
and gave them a confidence boost ahead of their upcoming five-game ODI
campaign in England.
Put into bat, they amassed 377 for eight.
Perera top-scored with an ODI best 135 and Prasanna made 95 - his
highest score at this level.
Ireland, in reply, were bowled out for 241.
Lanka, again sent into bat as they had been in their 76-run win in the
first ODI at Malahide on Thursday, were well-placed at the half-way
And when Suranga Lakmal and the recalled Farveez Maharoof
removed Ireland's top three with just 41 on the board, the rest of the
match proved a formality.
John Anderson, an accountant and the
only amateur in the Ireland side, showed promise for the future with 34
and Andy McBrine, batting at No 8, finished the innings in some style
with 79 from 64 balls, including seven fours and two sixes.
and Boyd Rankin (18 not out) delayed the inevitable with a last wicket
stand of 54 - both making their highest scores for Ireland and Sri
Lanka captain Angelo Mathews had to bring himself back to break the
partnership and win the match with five overs to spare.
put in on another excellent batting pitch, made the perfect start with
Kusal Perera and Danuska Gunathilaka sharing an opening stand of 147.
was the first to go, in the 27th over, for 63, just two short of his
ODI best, but both Perera and Prasanna easily passed their previous
highest scores at this level.
Prasanna, promoted to a
pinch-hitting role at number three, played his role to perfection to
more than double his career best in a superb display of hitting.
was dismissed five runs short of a deserved century having faced just
46 balls with nine sixes and five fours and he dominated the second
wicket stand of 161 with Perera which took just 93 balls.
reached his second ODI hundred from 105 balls with 10 fours and two
sixes and added another 35 before he was caught at mid-wicket off
Middlesex's Tim Murtagh.
In all he faced 128 balls and finished with 16 fours and two sixes.
Lanka were on course for a total in excess of 400 but Ireland pulled
them back by taking four wickets for 13 runs in the last three overs,
although by then the damage had been done.
Barry McCarthy, a
23-year-old seamer in only his second international, was Ireland's most
impressive bowler, finishing with two for 52.
By contrast Boyd
Rankin, in his first home series for five years after appearing for
England, finished with one for 86 from his 10 overs.
Ireland will now look for an improved showing when they face Pakistan in a two-match home ODI series in August.