O'Brien targeting 'elusive' win against Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka begin their preparations for the upcoming one-day international series against England by facing Ireland in Dublin on Thursday.

Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien believes his side can pull off an "elusive" victory against one of cricket's top nations when they take on the tourists in Malahide.

Sri Lanka are warming up for their five-match series against England with two clashes against Ireland after going down 2-0 in the three-match Test series.

O'Brien sees the two matches against Sri Lanka as a great opportunity to claim a considerable scalp on home soil.

"We are missing that elusive victory against one of the top teams," said the destructive batsman.

"We beat Bangladesh in Stormont a long time ago, we've had some close games in Clontarf and Malahide, but we know we've a good chance over the next two games."

Farveez Maharoof is in line to make his first Sri Lanka appearance since 2012 after earning a recall, while Danushka Gunathilaka, Suraj Randiv, Upul Tharanga and Seekuge Prasanna have also joined up with the squad.

Ireland will be without their regular wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien after he tore his calf playing for Leicestershire, while all-rounder Stuart Thompson withdrew from the squad due to personal reasons.

John Anderson and Max Sorensen were called up as their replacements, while Durham seamer Barry McCarthy is in line to make his international debut.

Kusal Mendis and Dasun Shanaka may make their first ODI appearances for a Sri Lanka side who are in a period of transition.

Sri Lanka have come out on top on both occasions they have played Ireland, at the 2007 World Cup and in a 2014 one-day international in Ireland, while two other meetings were rained off.