Dublin: Ajantha Mendis starred with both bat and ball as Sri Lanka enjoyed a comfortable start to their tour of the British Isles with a 79-run win over Ireland in the first one-day international in Dublin on Tuesday. (Scorecard)
Mendis made a useful 18 not out in a total of 219 for eight, where No. 8 Nuwan Kulasekara top-scored with an undefeated 42, and the unorthodox spinner then took three wickets for 27 runs.
Once Sri Lanka, who had been struggling at 95 for five, had set Ireland 220 to win on a slow Clontarf pitch, the game was always out of the reach of the leading Associate or non-Test nation. (Also read: Stuart Broad ruled out of ODI series vs Sri Lanka)