With two wins in their opening two games of the ICC World Twenty20 2014, Ireland are two points clear at the top of Group B with one game left. A win against the Netherlands this morning will see them comfortably through to the Super 10 stage. A loss will open the door to both the Netherlands and Zimbabwe – who easily overhauled UAE earlier today – to top the final group standings on Net Run Rate. There can be only one…
Tournament hosts Bangladesh have already progressed to the Super 10 stage on NRR from Group A.
Ireland opening batsman, and man of the match against Zimbabwe, Paul Stirling faces a late fitness test after retiring hurt against UAE.
Netherlands won the toss and put Ireland into bat first.
Ireland total 189 for 4 from 20 overs.
Despite losing Stirling for 7 runs from 9 balls, Ireland made a steady start under captain Porterfield (47 from 32balls). Kevin O’Brien (42 from 16balls) and Andrew Poynter (57 from 38balls) then led from the front to set an imposing total of 189 for 4 from the 20 overs. Ireland the favourites from here.
Netherlands target 190 from 20 overs.
Netherland total 193 for 4 from 13.5 overs.
Netherlands win and secure top spot in Group B on NRR.
From the ICC match report
Opting to field after winning the toss at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium, the Netherlands needed to cross a staggering 190-run target in just 14.2 overs to progress to the Super 10s. In the event, it did so in just 13.5 overs.
Had to miss the Netherlands innings due to some domestic chores, only to return to find that the Netherlands walloped 193 runs from 13.5 overs. Enough to win and better the Zimbabwe NRR to secure a place in the Super 10 stage. Disappointing from Ireland after a promising innings.
Ireland finished third in Group B…