Ireland face Sri Lanka today in the second game of their bid to qualify for the second phase of the T20 Cricket World Cup.

The game will be shown live at 3 PM Irish time on Sky Sports. T20 games take on average around three hours to complete.

Both teams won their opening matches in this round-robin stage putting them in pole position to qualify for the Super 12’s. The winner of today’s game will be the favourite to win the group which would put them in a Super 12’s round playing against England, Australia, West Indies and South Africa, as well as the runner up from the other qualification group.

The runner up from Ireland’s group will be in with India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan as well as the winner from the other quailifier.

Head Coach Graham Ford and captain Andrew Balbirnie have a full squad to pick from today as there are no fitness concerns within the playing group.

“On Sri Lanka, probably about half the squad I know pretty well, and the coach I know very well,” said Ford who coached the side twice in the last seven years.

“We know they are going to be a very competitive and energetic unit – they have had previous successes in this format in previous years and previous T20 World Cups. So, it will be a huge game for us, but I think it will be a really exciting challenge – we’ll focus on going out and really enjoying this opportunity.”

“They have a special group – and have some players that can do some unorthodox stuff – but our lads have a lot of information on them, and at the end of the day, it will be all about how we play on the day. We pitched up against the Netherlands with real positive energy and commitment, and if we bring that again on Wednesday then we give ourselves a good chance.”

 

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