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Ireland to face Sri Lanka in one-day internationals at Clontarf

Updated: Friday, 03 Jan 2014 15:26 | Comments

Prolific bowler Lasith Malinga and his Sri Lanka team-mates bound for Dublin
Prolific bowler Lasith Malinga and his Sri Lanka team-mates bound for Dublin

Ireland will host two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka in May, it has been announced.

Cricket Ireland stated the games will both take place at Clontarf on Tuesday 6 May and Thursday 8 May .

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for our squad to face players of the calibre of Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Matthews, Tillakaratne Dilshan and of course Lasith Malinga.

“They’re going to be tough opposition but Irish conditions in May will be to our advantage.”

It will be only the second visit of a Sri Lankan team to Irish shores, the previous occasion was at Eglinton in 1979 when the match finished in a draw.

In more recent times Ireland lost their only ODI encounter by eight wickets in the 2007 World Cup.

The teams met again at Lord’s during the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, when Ireland lost by just nine runs to the eventual finalists.

Ireland are in action later this month when they tour the West Indies before they take part in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.

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