Sri Lanka vs Ireland 1st Test, Match Prediction, Weather Forecast, Pitch Report & Expected Playing XI for SL vs IRE

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Sri Lanka vs Ireland, 1st Test Preview

The first Test match between Sri Lanka and Ireland is set to take place at the Galle International Stadium in Sri Lanka. Ireland will be looking to make up for their loss against Bangladesh in the previous Test match, while Sri Lanka will be aiming to bounce back from their series loss against New Zealand.

Sri Lanka has traditionally been stronger at home, and they will be looking to capitalize on this advantage. 

Sri Lanka vs Ireland Weather Forecast:

The Weather is expected to stay clear throughout the game.

Sri Lanka vs Ireland Pitch Report:

Batting is generally favoured on this track, and you can expect to see a lot of runs scored. Also, spin bowlers will get some aid, particularly as the match progresses.

Sri Lanka vs Ireland Playing XI:

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne ©, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal,  Dhananjaya De Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lasith Embuldeniya,  Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando


Murray Commins, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Peter Moor, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker(w), Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Graham Hume, Benjamin White

Record at Venue

Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle (Last 10 Games)

Matches Played 10
Bat 1st Won4
Bat 2nd Won6

Average Score

InnsAvg 1st Inns ScoreAvg 2nd Inns ScoreAvg 3rd Inns ScoreAvg 4th Inns Score

Pace vs Spin


Record at Venue

Sri Lanka Batters (Test Records)

Angelo Mathews46173644.51110131
Dimuth Karunaratne32150950.318674
Dinesh Chandimal31137955.16206*64
Kusal Mendis2171934.2419441
Dhananjaya de Silva1856535.31155*12
Ramesh Mendis1222320.2745*00
Lasith Embuldeniya1011511.54000
Kamindu Mendis161616110

Sri Lanka Bowlers (Test Records)

Ramesh Mendis14311.1393323.747.9
Lasith Embuldeniya11309.1321328.458
Prabath Jayasuriya6216.2291420.444.8
Dhananjaya de Silva1470.170028.460.1
Asitha Fernando558.550038.870.6
Angelo Mathews158440054.8126
Vishwa Fernando121001612

Sri Lanka Top Picks

Dimuth Karunaratne

  • Good form
  • He scored 207 in 2 matches in the last series against New Zealand
  • He had scored 1509 runs at an average of 50.3 at this venue
  • Opener on a good batting wicket.

Kusal Mendis

  • Good form
  • He scored 151 runs in the last series against New Zealand
  • He has scored 719 runs at an average of 34.24 at this venue.
  • He will bat in the top order on a good batting wicket.

Angelo Mathews

  • Good form 
  • Scored 165 in the last series against New Zealand
  • He has 1736 runs at an average of 44.51 at this venue
  • He will bat at 4.

Prabath Jayasuriya

  • He will be bowling bulk overs for sure.
  • He has a matchup advantage as Ireland have too many righties in the batting lineup
  • He was the top wicket-taker in the recent Major League Tournament( first class). He has picked up 67 wickets in 19 innings.
  • Good venue record

Ireland Top Picks

Andy McBrine

  • His all-round value makes him a must-pick for fantasy teams.
  • He had a good test against Bangladesh scoring 91 runs and picking 7 wickets.
  • He is a good player of spin.
  • He will be Ireland’s main spinner.

Harry Tector

  • His all-round value makes him a must-pick for fantasy teams.
  • He had a good test against Bangladesh scoring fifties in both innings.
  • He is a good player of spin.
  • His bowling will be handy in sub-continent conditions.

Mark Adair

  • He had a decent last test against Bangladesh scoring 45 runs and picking 3 wickets.
  • He will bowl with the new ball.
  • Handy with the bat.

Sri Lanka vs Ireland Differential Picks

Ramesh Mendis

  • Spin bowling all-rounder
  • He had a good national super league 4-day tournament( 219 runs and 11 wkts in 3 games)
  • He will bat in the lower order and might be the 3rd spinner for Sri Lanka

Dinesh Chandimal

  • Good form
  • He had decent test series against NZ scoring 180 runs.
  • He scored 111* runs in his last List A game against Kandy

Lasith Embuldeniya

  • Will be the second spin option for Sri Lanka
  • Picked 16 wickets in 2 games in the National 4-day tournament

Sri Lanka vs Ireland Safe Captaincy Picks

Dimuth Karunaratne

Prabath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka vs Ireland Differential  Captaincy Picks

Angelo Mathews

Lasith Embuldeniya

Base Team: SL vs IRE

WK: K Mendis

Bat: D Karunaratne, A Mathews, H Tector

AR: A McBrine, Ramesh Mendis

Bowl : P Jayasuriya, M Adair, L Embuldeniya

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