SL vs IRE Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Apr 16, 2023

SL vs IRE Match Prediction - Apr 16, 2023

Tournament: Ireland tour of Sri Lanka, 2023.

Date: April 16, 2023.

Format: Test

Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka.

Time: 04:30

Sri Lanka will take on Ireland in a two-test series between the two countries in Sri Lanka from 16th April 2023. This match between Ireland and Sri Lanka will be played at Galle International Stadium, in Galle, Sri Lanka. In this article, we will take a look at the betting tips, weather report, and match prediction for this game. 

Sri Lanka Vs Ireland Head-To-Head

There is no head-to-head record available for these two teams as they are playing test cricket against each other for the first time.

Sri Lanka Vs Ireland Live Streaming and Broadcast

The live telecast for this game will be available in India on Sony Sports, and Ten 5 TV channels. The live streaming for this game will be available on the SonyLiv app and also on their site.

SL vs IRE Team Previews

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan team management has decided to drop Dickwella from their side and has opted for recalling Embuldeniya for the 1st test match against Ireland. This move to drop the wicket-keeping batsman Niroshan Dickwella from the 15-member team for the first test against the Irish outfit has come as a surprise to many. The Sri Lankan board has decided to include Sadeera Samarawickrama and Nishan Madushka as their wicket-keeping alternatives for this match. Some key members of the team that played against New Zealand such as the quick bowlers Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha have been rested for this game.

Some other players such as Oshada Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, and Asitha Fernando have been left out of these matches. As the Sri Lankan team is playing in their home conditions, it is expected that they will place a lot of emphasis on spin bowlers to take charge of the bowling attack. The left-arm spinner for Lanka, Lasith Embuldeniya has been called back to the team and they will also play a new leg spinner Dushan Hemantha for this match. Madushka played his first game for Sri Lanka in the recently concluded test match against New Zealand in Wellington where he took the place of Dickwella who failed with the bat in the earlier game.

Samarawickrama is making a return to the test matches after a long time. He played 4 tests as a specialized batsman in 2017. Dimuth Karunaratne has decided to step down as the Sri Lankan captain after this series. He has informed this decision to the selectors. This series between Ireland and Sri Lanka is not a part of the WTC cycle however will complete the scheduled number of games for Sri Lanka in this period. Sri Lanka has managed to play 8 test matches in the last year. They have gone through a gap of more than 6 months for a home test series after playing a series against Australia.

Sri Lanka Playing 11

Dimuth Karunaratne, Nishan Madushka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando.


Initially, the Ireland team was scheduled to play one test and two one-day international matches in Sri Lanka in this series. But this tour was extended and another test match was included in the series. One of the top batters for Ireland is Paul Stirling. He will be joining forces with the Irish outfit for this test series for the second match. The original Ireland tour of Sri Lanka was scheduled for one test and two one-day internationals. But, the host country Sri Lanka was trying to get more red ball experience and as a result, the two ODI games were replaced by an additional test.

This is the first test match assignment for Ireland that is not a one-off test series. This also means that by the end of the summer, Ireland would have doubled their test match count. They also have another one-off test match against England scheduled for June at Lords in England. After earning a test match status in 2017, they have played 3 test matches to date. All of them were played in a home series against Pakistan, against Afghanistan, and one against England in 2019 in Lords. Both Sri Lanka and Ireland are precariously positioned in the Super League points table for ODI games. They are sitting in number 10 and number 11 positions at the moment. 

Ireland is going into this test series after four losses in a row in their last 4 attempts against Afghanistan, England, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The last test match Ireland played was against Bangladesh earlier in the month. Bangladesh won that game easily with a margin of 7 wickets. Batting first, Ireland scored 214 runs in their first innings. Bangladesh replied with a score of 369 runs in their first innings. The Irish second innings folded at 292 runs and the Bangladesh team managed to chase down the target of 138 runs with the loss of 3 wickets only.  

Ireland Playing 11

Murray Commins, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Peter Moor, Lorcan Tucker, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Ben White.

SL vs IRE Toss Prediction

The wicket on offer at the Galle International Stadium in Galle is a batting-friendly one. However, it has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for the spinners. It also depends on the prevailing weather conditions to decide who will benefit from the surface the most. Most teams winning the toss will opt to bat first and avoid having to face the spinners in the 4th innings.

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

It has been a while since any team decided to bowl first after winning the toss in Galle. It is still unclear how this track will behave for this game on the first day morning. None of the sides is likely to gamble and take to the field first after winning the toss. The Sri Lankan team boasts of quality spinners and so will be keen to bowl last on this track.

We will get temperatures of close to 32 degrees during the test match. The skies are likely to remain clear for the first 2-3 days of the test. You can expect winds in the region of 13 km/hr and relative humidity is likely to be close to 85% during the game. We might get some cloud cover during the last two days of the game. 

SL vs IRE Betting Tips

Sri Lanka starts as clear favorites to win this game and take an early lead in the series. The Sri Lankan team is not only playing at home, most of the players are well aware of the conditions on offer. Ireland, on the other hand, does not play too much cricket and it will be tough for them to even salvage a draw in this game let alone win it. We will bet with Sri Lanka to win this match.

Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. Betway


    Angelo Matthews to score more than 39 runs in the first inning of the test match.



Angelo Matthews is an experienced all-rounder from Sri Lanka. He was in good form in the last few test matches played by Sri Lanka. So, you can bet on him to score big runs in the first inning.

  1. 10CRIC


    Prabath Jayasuriya to emerge as the leading bowler for Sri Lanka in the Ireland first inning.



Jayasuriya is a crucial bowler for the Lankans. You can bet on him for this game to emerge as the leading bowler. The wicket at Galle will suit his kind of bowling.

  1. Rajabets


    Sri Lankan batsmen to score more than 3 runs in the 6th over of the first inning.



Most top-order batsmen take a bit of time to settle down in test matches. The same thing will apply for this test and you can bet on the in-form Sri Lankan opening batters to score more than 3 runs in the 6th over of their first inning.

Today Match Prediction

Sri Lanka To Win the Match, 1.16

Bet Tip Here

Who will win SL vs IRE

Sri Lanka 84.21% (16)
Ireland 15.79% (3)
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