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Sri Lanka, Scotland, Oman progress to Super Six; Ireland eliminated

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Last updated on 25 Jun 2023 | 04:05 PM
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Sri Lanka, Scotland, Oman progress to Super Six; Ireland eliminated

Wanindu Hasaranga starred with yet another five-wicket haul, while Brandon McMullen struck his maiden international hundred

Sri Lanka powered into the Super Six stage of the Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament with a crushing 133-run win over Ireland on Sunday (June 25) that eliminated their opponents. Scotland also made it three wins from three in Group B as they beat Oman by 76 runs, with both teams joining Sri Lanka in reaching the next round.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne made a run-a-ball 103 and Sadeera Samarawickrama hit 82 as Sri Lanka compiled an imposing total of 325 all out off 49.5 overs after being put in to bat in Bulawayo. Mark Adair took 4 for 46 and Barry McCarthy claimed 3-56 but Ireland's pace spearhead Josh Little conceded 78 runs in eight wicketless overs.

"If I get a start, I want to go for the big one," said Karunaratne.

"In the morning, there was something for the bowlers, but when the swing stops we can get some boundaries. I was waiting for that... don't try to hit them hard, just time them well."

Karunaratne and Samarawickrama put on 168 for the third wicket after Kusal Mendis was trapped lbw first ball by McCarthy. Charith Asalanka (38) and Dhananjaya de Silva (42*) also chipped in as Ireland sought to limit the damage in the closing overs.

Ireland needed a victory to keep their qualification hopes alive, but they lost experienced opener Paul Stirling for six and the wheels soon came off. Captain Andy Balbirnie's dismissal reduced Ireland to 57 for 3 and Lorcan Tucker was bowled for a duck the next over before Wanindu Hasaranga pinned Harry Tector in front for 33.

Curtis Campher, who made a century in the gut-wrenching loss to Scotland, briefly countered in his knock of 39 but once he top-edged to the wicketkeeper Ireland were all but doomed. "We knew they had good spinners and they bowled well and cleaned us up," said Balbirnie.

"Hugely disappointing not to get to the Super Sixes but you've got to move on."

Hasaranga finished with 5 for 79, giving the Sri Lankan leg-spinner 16 wickets in three qualifiers so far in Zimbabwe.

In the group's other game, Brandon McMullen smacked 136 off 121 balls -- his first ODI century -- and skipper Richie Berrington added 60 as Scotland set Oman a target of 321. 

Oman slumped to 72 for 4 in response before wicketkeeper Naseem Khushi made an entertaining 69. He was one of five wickets to fall to Chris Greaves as the leg-spinner picked up 5 for 53 and Oman ended well short on 244 for 9.

"We've had three different matchwinners which shows our character," said Berrington, whose side take on Sri Lanka in their final group game.

"We know the importance of every point, so Tuesday's going to be a big one against Sri Lanka. We have a lot of belief and know we need to get better with every game."

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka vs Ireland

Sri Lanka 325 in 49.5 overs (Dimuth Karunaratne 103, Sadeera Samarawickrama 82; Mark Adair 4 for 46) beat Ireland 192 in 31 overs (Curtis Campher 39, Harry Tector 33; Wanindu Hasaranga 5 for 79) by 133 runs.

Player of the match: Dimuth Karunaratne

Scotland vs Oman

Scotland 320 in 50 overs (Brandon McMullen 136, Tom Mackintosh 32; Bilal Khan 5 for 55) beat Oman 244 for 9 in 50 overs (Naseem Khushi 69, Shoaib Khan 36; Chris Greaves 5 for 53) by 76 runs

Player of the match: Brandon McMullen

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