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Ireland just couldn’t get into groove during T20 World Cup loss to Sri Lanka, says Andrew Balbirnie

Skipper admits it was tricky after loss sets up winner-take-all Namibia duel

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In vain: Ireland’s Josh Little celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando. Credit: INPHO/Pankaj Nangia

In vain: Ireland’s Josh Little celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando. Credit: INPHO/Pankaj Nangia

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Andrew Balbirnie walks after Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Kumara takes his wicket. Credit: INPHO/Pankaj Nangia

Andrew Balbirnie walks after Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Kumara takes his wicket. Credit: INPHO/Pankaj Nangia

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In vain: Ireland’s Josh Little celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando. Credit: INPHO/Pankaj Nangia

Ireland face a winner-takes-all match against Namibia on Friday to reach the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup after getting a taste of what they can expect at the business end of the tournament.

Set an imposing 172 for victory, they were bowled out for 101, their fifth lowest total, by an impressive Sri Lanka attack which included two bowlers reaching speeds of 150kph.


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