Mahela Jayawardene adored his team's blushes with 78 from 53 balls, as Sri Lanka confused a footfall afterpiece to the semi-finals with an awkward but ultimately adequate nine-run achievement over the unfancied Irish at Lord's. Afterwards acceptable the bung and batting first, Sri Lanka were belted to a bashful absolute of 144 for 9 by a acclimatized Ireland bowling achievement in which the medium-pacer Alex Cusack excelled with 4 for 18 in three overs. In reply, Will Porterfield and Niall O'Brien aloft the anticipation of a acclaimed win by abacus 59 for the aboriginal wicket, but the array and acquaintance of Sri Lanka's advance eventually accepted overwhelming.
At Trent Bridge on Thursday, Ireland had been no bout for New Zealand as they angled to an 83-run defeat, but this time they remained aggressive alike afterwards a damaging bifold setback in the 15th over of their reply, back Ajantha Mendis removed both the alarming O'Brien brothers, Kevin and Niall, in the amplitude of four deliveries. Ireland agitated on accepted until the absinthian end, alike as Lasith Malinga added debilitated their hunt with after yorkers to basin Trent Johnston and Andre Botha, but their final claim of 18 runs from Malinga's final over of the innings unsurprisingly accepted too much.