Toss: Ireland won the toss and chose to field first.
Venue:Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Umpires: Aleem Dar & Chris Brown
What Actually Happened
Winner: Namibia won by 8 wickets
Scores: Ireland 125/8 – Namibia 126/2
Player of the Match: David Wiese
Jan Frylinck – 3/21
Curtis Campher – 2/14
Paul Stirling 38 (24)
Gerhard Erasmus – 53* (49)
Moments of The Day: Namibia Hold Nerve As Ireland Crash Out
Paul Sitrling & Kevin O’Brien have served Irish cricket for more than a decade and they continued to deliver. A 62-run partnership in seven odd overs set the platform for Ireland. Unfortunately they could not capitalize.
Although the batters have been in focus in Namibia’s progress, do not discount the collective bowling performance. With Frylinck (3/21), Scholtz (1/25), JJ Smit (1/27), Wiese (2/22), and Trumpelmann/Ya France (economical), Ireland only added 59 runs in the last 76 balls.
Let us talk about the captain Gerhard Erasmus. Although Wiese got a player of the match for quickfire 28* (14) with two sixes, Erasmus held Namibia together (and Wiese himself said Erasmus should have received the award). Scoring 53 (29) and staying unbeaten to see his team through was an emotional moment. The mature innings magnified his leadership.
Broken Cricket Dream of the Day: Ireland Get a Taste of Their Own Medicine
The Ireland cricket team was the pioneer of Associate nations. Their victory over Pakistan in 2007 CWC and further progress over the decade saw them receive Test status. They defeated Pakistan, England, West Indies in various stages and what happened today? Ireland were ‘upset’ by Namibia. Full circle. Crash out of the World Cup.
The qualification complicacies and Round 1 of the T20 World Cup make it near impossible for certain Associate teams to join the big teams in the Super 12s. Namibia did it the hard way, by defeating at least 15 different nations.
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Max O’Dowd – 123 runs (Netherlands, 3 Matches)
Shakib Al Hasan – 9 wickets (Bangladesh, 3 Matches)
Moments of The Day: Hasaranga Here, Hasaranga There, Hasaranga Everywhere
Josh Little comes to the party – Little has been one of the positives from the Irish campaign. He gave Ireland the early boost with wickets of consecutive deliveries. What is the batter is the manner of dismissals – wonderful bowleds!
The Hasaranga-Nissanka partnership – Then came the game changing partnership – 123 (82). It was well paced. Not only did they provide recovery, they accelerated towards the end to get Sri Lanka to a winning total of 171.
Karunaratne (2/27)-Chameera (1/16)-Theekshana (3/17)-Hasaranga (1/12)-Kumara (2/22) near unplayable – With Stirling-O’Brien out early, Ireland never really built momentum. Each bowler contributed nicely. Although the mystery spinners are in focus, do not discount this fast bowling unit. Watch out for this Sri Lankan team in UAE conditions.
Broken Cricket Dream of the Day: Ireland Fail to Assert Pressure
Sri Lanka were reeling at 8/3 in 1.4 overs with star batters Perera-Chandimal-Fernando out. However, Ireland failed to appoly pressure and saved the brilliant Josh Little for later. Why not go for the jugular right at the front?
Toss: Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat first.
Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Marais Erasmus & Rod Tucker
What Actually Happened
Winner: Ireland won by 7 wickets
Scores: Netherlands 106/10 – Ireland 107/3
Player of the Match: Curtis Campher
Curtis Campher – 4/26 (& Mark Adair 4-0-9-3)
Fred Klassen – 1/18
Max O’Dowd – 51(47)
Gareth Delany – 44 (29)
Moments of The Day: Ireland Medium Pacers, Top Order Give Them First Victory in T20 World Cup Over Netherlands
Curtis Campher’s historic 4 in 4rules the day for Ireland. Netherlands were nudging along nicely at 51/2 with Max O’Dowd stabilizing the innings. Then came the young all-rounder. Caught behind, LBW, LBW, bowled. Ackerman, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards, Roelof van der Merwe. Netherlands 51/6. Campher joins Rashid Khan & Lasith Malinga. Second T20 World Cup hat-trick after Brett Lee in the inaugural 2007 T20 WC.
Mark Adair restricts Netherlands – History repeats itself, or does it? The day before Ireland were at a similar position before coming back to score 140. At 88-6 with Max O’Dowd still there, anything could have happened. Not to be though after Adair took his wicket and ended with miserly figures of 4-0-9-3.
Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany finish it off. Stirling’s uncharacteristic 30* (39) ensured no collapses for Ireland. However it was Delany’s 44* (29) with 5 fours and 2 sixes that made sure Ireland win with a comfortable net run rate.
Broken Cricket Dream of the Day: RTD and RVDM
Ryan Ten Doeschate and Roelof Van der Merwe, Dutch legends, came back to the international squad for this World Cup after employing their trades in T20 cricket and County cricket for a few years. However, the rustiness was apparent as they were victims of the 4 in 4.