Ireland defeated the two-time T20 World Champions, West Indies, by nine wickets at Bellerive Oval in Hobart today, qualifying for the Super 12s.
Hobart: Ireland defeated the two-time T20 World Champions, West Indies, by nine wickets at Bellerive Oval in Hobart today, qualifying for the Super 12s. Ireland’s previous records in the World Cup’s shortest format were dubious, as the team had failed to advance past the first round in five previous T20 World Cup appearances.
It was a fantastic all-round performance by the entire Irish side. Earlier, the West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Irish bowlers were on target from the first ball of the match, and they stuck to their plans, and the fielders backed them up with their incredible fielding effort, limiting the Caribbean to 146 runs. The leg spinner, Gareth Delany, was the pick of the bowlers, grabbing three wickets at the expense of 16 runs in his four overs.
The West Indies batter Brandon King showed some resistance for the team by scoring 62 runs in 48 deliveries, but otherwise the entire batting unit of the team failed to cope with the disciplined bowling of Ireland. There was no devil in the pitch, so the Irish batters hammered the Caribbean bowlers all-round the park and surpassed the target in 17.3 overs.
Paul Stirling played a heroic knock of 66 and remained on the wicket till the end. But the player of the match award went in favour of Gareth Delany for his tremendous bowling effort. He deserved this award.
Ireland, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands have cemented their place in the Super 12s. Who’ll be the fourth team? Scotland or Zimbabwe? It will be decided in a few hours. The crucial match has been progressing at the moment.