Sri Lanka vs Ireland: Match Preview, Match Details, Pitch Report, Match Prediction, 1st Test

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Match Preview

Sri Lanka is going to host Ireland for a two-match Test series starting tomorrow at Galle.

Additionally, the second Test will take place on the 24th of April at the same venue between these two sides.

Dimuth Karunaratne is the skipper of the Sri Lankan Test side and his team has shown dominance at home and will be looking to do the same against Ireland as well.

However, their recent outing against New Zealand didn’t fare well for them as they lost everything there. But, now is their golden chance to turn the tables on the Irish in front of the home crowd.

On the other hand, Ireland too has lost their away Test series against Bangladesh. This was a one-off Test which the hosts won quite easily.

Now, they will be looking to put up a good performance against the Lankan Lions at the latter’s home and also improve their game against spin bowlers.

The skipper of the Irish team will be Andrew Balbirnie and they have quite a good squad that can give some fight to Sri Lanka.

Thus, we can get some entertainment from this Test series between these two sides tomorrow.

Match Details

Match: Sri Lanka vs Ireland, 1st Test

Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle

Date: 16th-20th April 2023

Time: 10:00 AM IST

Pitch Report

The wicket at Galle assists spinners well because it is a spin-friendly track. Furthermore, batters will have to be wary of the spinners as the ball tends to grip off the surface. Therefore, spinners will be dominating the first Test.

Full Squads for Sri Lanka vs Ireland, 1st Test

Sri Lanka

Angelo Matthews, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Kamindu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Mendis (wk), Nishan Madushka (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Asitha Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Milan Rathnayake, Prabhath Jayasuriya, Vishwa Fernando


Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, James McCollum, Murray Commins, Andy McBrine, Curtis Campher, Fionn Hand, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), PJ Moor (wk), Benjamin White, Graham Hume, Mark Adair, Matthew Humphreys, Thomas Mayes

Probable Playing XI for Sri Lanka vs Ireland, 1st Test

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Nishan Madushka (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Matthews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Prabhath Jayasuriya, Lasith Embuldeniya


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

Probable Winner

From the team combinations, we can say that Sri Lanka will win this game against Ireland.

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