Ireland’s destruction is sealed by an SL spin trap

Sri Lanka vs Ireland

Sri Lanka secured a dominant win by an innings against Ireland within three days of the opening Test, taking a 1-0 lead.

The credit for this victory goes to the spinners, who outplayed Ireland twice in as many days, leading to their downfall.

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With a total of 10 wickets to his name in the match, Prabath Jayasuriya played a crucial role in ending Ireland’s first innings early on the third day by claiming two of the last three wickets.

Given the circumstances, it was an easy decision for Sri Lanka to enforce the follow-on.

Nonetheless, Ireland encountered a challenging time during their second innings as well.

In this phase, Ramesh Mendis and Prabath Jayasuriya combined to take seven wickets, with the duo bowling 44 of the 54 overs.

Sri Lanka clinched their most significant victory in Test cricket, which could have been even more impressive if not for some valiant resistance from the lower-order batsmen.

At a certain point, Ireland had slumped to 40/5, with Vishwa Fernando delivering the first blow to the top-order.

Following his double-wicket burst, the spinners took over to dismantle the middle-order.

Nonetheless, the lower-order batsmen of Ireland showed some resilience and contributed crucial runs, helping the team cross the 150-run mark.

Despite their efforts, it wasn’t adequate to avoid an ignominious outcome for the visitors.

Here are the summarised scores of the match: Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 591/6 (with Dimuth Karunaratne scoring 179 and Kusal Mendis contributing 140, while Curtis Campher took 2/84 for Ireland).

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In response, Ireland managed only 143 runs, with Lorcan Tucket top-scoring with 45, and Prabath Jayasuriya picking up an impressive 7/52.

Following the follow-on, Ireland were all out for 168 runs, with Harry Tector making 42 and Ramesh Mendis taking 4/76. Eventually, Sri Lanka triumphed by an innings and 280 runs.