The four qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup -- Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland and the UAE -- are all in Australia this week in preparation for next year`s tournament.
Sri Lanka scored 39 runs from the last three overs to leave Ireland a victory target of 220 in the first one-day international at Clontarf, Dublin today.
John Mooney`s second five-wicket haul in the match saw Ireland post a comprehensive victory by 122 runs over Afghanistan to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup final on Friday.
Ireland and Afghanistan qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 after winning their respective matches in the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier UAE 2014 Sunday.
After last year`s entertaining action in Dublin, Ireland indicated they have booked another one-day international date with top-ranked Australia.
Ireland`s cricketers are delighted with the ICC`s decision to reinstate associates in the 2015 World Cup and said the U-turn by the world body is a victory for all the associate nations.
Irish cricket chief has urged the global governing body to run the sport as a "meritocracy" by giving smaller nations the chance to compete in World Cups and achieve Test status.
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has said that his team will not experiment much against Ireland in the second ODI.
Riding on Stirling`s third ODI ton, Ireland post 238 for eight against Pakistan.
Ireland captain William Porterfield sees the two match ODI series against Pakistan as a "massive one" in getting a favourable decision from the ICC.
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