Hasaranga career-best floors UAE

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Hasaranga finished with career-best figures of 6 for 24.
Hasaranga finished with career-best figures of 6 for 24. © ICC

Sri Lanka vs United Arab Emirates

A collective performance with the bat and Wanindu Hasaranga's maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs helped Sri Lanka make a statement as they began their World Cup Qualifiers campaign with a massive 175-run victory over the UAE. Having posted 355/6, with half-centuries from their top four, Sri Lanka bowled the UAE out for 180. Hasaranga finished with career-best figures of 6-24 with the UAE batters failing to pick the Sri Lankan spinner.

Having been asked to bat, Sri Lanka got off to a good start with Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne adding 95 for the opening wicket. Karunaratne was the quicker of the two as he struck seven fours before getting out to Aayan Khan for a 54-ball 52. Nissanka took 66 balls for his fifty before being bowled by Basil Hameed. Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama then put on 105 for the third wicket, taking only 79 deliveries for their partnership to provide a good platform for Sri Lanka.

Mendis's outing, which included 10 fours, was ended by Ali Naseer on 78 while Samarawickrama was also run out in the 70s. Sri Lanka lost quick wickets in the death overs but Charith Asalanka's blitz - 48 not out off 23, with five fours and two sixes - and Wanindu Hasaranga's entertaining cameo of 23* off 12, powered Sri Lanka past the 350 mark.

UAE started off in a steady fashion in the chase before Rohan Mustafa was out caught and bowled off Lahiru Kumara. Wanindu Hasaranga then ended a promising stand between Muhammad Waseem and Vriitya Aravind, getting rid of the former, and followed it up with the wicket of Basil Hameed in the same over. Hasaranga bagged another, sending Asif Khan back, to leave the UAE at 99/4, which became 119/5 when Aravind fell to Dhananjaya de Silva. Ali Naseer tried to fight for the UAE but Hasaranga kept chipping away as he bagged a five-wicket haul for the first time in ODIs and finished it off with one more to bowl Sri Lanka to a huge victory.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 255/6 in 50 overs (Kusal Mendis 78, Sadeera Samarawickrama 73; Ali Naseer 2-44) beat UAE 180 in 39 overs (Muhammad Waseem 39, Vriitya Aravind 39; Wanindu Hasaranga 6-24) by 175 runs.

Ireland vs Oman

Ireland suffered a shock in their opening game of the Qualifiers as Oman secured a five-wicket victory. George Dockrell and Harry Tector's contrasting knocks were instrumental in Ireland posting 281/7. But the total proved insufficient as Kashyap Prajapati, Aqib Ilyas and Zeeshan Maqsood struck half-centuries while Mohammad Nadeem hit an unbeaten 46 to lead Oman over the line with 11 deliveries to spare.

Ireland's top-order batters got off to promising starts after being inserted, but three of the top five fell in the 20s as Oman struck at regular intervals. Tector's patient half-century came in a 79-run partnership with Dockrell as they helped steady the innings. But more wickets followed, leaving Ireland at 240/7 in 46 overs. Dockrell, who was on 65 off 77, ensured a productive end to the innings as he finished with 91 not out off 89, with seven fours and two sixes, to help Ireland past 280.

Oman did not have the best of starts in the chase, losing Jatinder Singh in the fourth over with only nine on the board. But Ilyas and Prajapati lifted Oman with a 94-run stand for the second wicket, with Ilyas registering a 47-ball fifty. Dockrell ended the partnership in his second over by having Ilyas top edge a slog sweep. Prajapati then got past fifty and put on a positive 63-run stand with Maqsood to keep Oman in the hunt.

Although Prajapati was dismissed, Maqsood's fifty kept the team on track, and he received support from Nadeem as they brought the equation down to 64 off the last 12 overs. Josh Little delivered a key breakthrough as he accounted for Maqsood, dismissing him for 59 to leave Oman four down. Nadeem and Ayaan Khan came up with a crucial partnership for the fifth wicket to bring down the target but the latter was dismissed by Mark Adair with Oman 23 away. Nadeem, however, ensured there were no further hiccups as he, along with Shoaib Khan, helped Oman win in the penultimate over.

Brief scores: Ireland 281/7 in 50 overs (George Dockrell 91*, Harry Tector 52; Bilal Khan 2-64) lost to Oman 285/5 in 48.1 overs (Kashyap Prajapati 72, Zeeshan Maqsood 59; Joshua Little 2-47) by 5 wickets.




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