Ireland v West Indies, World T20 2012, Group B, Colombo September 24, 2012

Rain pain for Ireland again

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Ireland 129 for 6 (Gayle 2-21) v West Indies match abandoned
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies qualified for the Super Eights of the World T20 after rain prevented a second innings in their key Group B game against Ireland in Colombo. It meant Ireland exited on the back of a no-result for the second World T20 running, after they were denied the chance to beat England by the weather in Guyana in 2010.

With both teams having lost their first game in the tournament, this was a must-win encounter. But while Ireland will feel understandably aggrieved at the manner of their elimination, they will also reflect that they produced two under-par displays with the bat and that, had the rain that started to fall heavily straight after their innings stayed away, West Indies would have been strong favourites to overhaul a target of 130 in 19 overs. They qualified through virtue of a superior run-rate to Ireland.

The unsatisfactory manner of Ireland's exit will do nothing to improve the reputation of this event, though. Staging such a high-profile tournament during the monsoon season in Sri Lanka was always likely to prove a high-risk strategy and there was something almost inevitable about rain ruining one of the few games in the event so far where the result actually mattered. Tellingly, spectators once again stayed away from this game in their droves.

The result also underlined the importance of winning the toss in this World T20. With the limitations of the Duckworth-Lewis method becoming increasingly apparent in this format, the opportunity to bat second and benefit from D/L is an obvious advantage. Had the rain relented, West Indies could have been set a target of just 44 in five overs with all of their wickets intact.

Ireland will reflect, however, that they never really found much fluency with the bat. William Porterfield, for the second game in succession, was dismissed by the first ball of the match. Perhaps anticipating a repeat of the bouncer that he hooked down the throat of fine leg against Australia, Porterfield was this time beaten by a fine, inswinging yorker from Fidel Edwards.

Perhaps the rain that interrupted their innings after only five overs was also crucial. Before the delay, Ireland were well placed at 33 for 1, with Ed Joyce having guided his first ball to third man and inside edged another boundary later in the over and Paul Stirling looking increasingly fluent. While Ravi Rampaul's first over cost just two, Stirling top-edged a pull to the boundary off Edwards and then greeted Darren Sammy's introduction into the attack in the fifth over by giving himself a little room and crashing a pair of fours through the covers.

Sunil Narine came into the attack after a rain delay of about an hour, with the game reduced to 19 over per side. He soon showed the value of his spin bowling, beating Joyce's outside edge with his first two deliveries and then bowling him as the batsmen attempted a sweep with his third. At the end of the power-play, Ireland were 35 for 2.

Sammy dismissed Stirling, top-edging an attempted pull, in the seventh over, and almost has Gary Wilson in similar fashion later in the same over. On this occasion, however, Wilson gloved the ball over the keeper's head and capitalised by sweeping Narine for one boundary and cover driving Russell for another. The introduction of Chris Gayle accounted for Wilson, though, when he edged an arm-ball to the keeper to leave on 70 for 4 in the 12th over.

A partnership of 26 between Kevin and Niall O'Brien gave the Ireland innings some impetus. Niall pulled one six off Andre Russell, while Kevin drove another off Edwards, but when Gayle beat Niall O'Brien with a quicker ball and Kevin O'Brien, in moving across his stumps to glance, was bowled by a yorker, Ireland's last recognised batsmen had gone.

Narine, perhaps unsettled by Nigel Jones carting him for six over long-on, donated a free-hit to the Irish cause by over-stepping in the penultimate over and Trent Johnston thrashed one six over long-on off Gayle, but their total of 129 for 6 was still likely to prove some way short of par.

West Indies had made two changes to their side for the game. Russell came in for Dwayne Bravo, who had a groin strain, while Darren Bravo replaced Dwayne Smith.

Ireland were without Boyd Rankin. He had not recovered from the illness that has swept through the Irish camp in recent days, so Max Sorensen was drafted into the side in his place. It means that Rankin, who a few weeks ago announced his decision to retire from international cricket with Ireland in order to concentrate on playing Test cricket for England, has probably played his last match for the country of his birth.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AntiDarWIN on September 26, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Why westindies management still considered Ravi Rampaul in starting eleven is a big mystery to me, if he continues to play i am sure if there is a scenerio of 25 runs required in last over and he is bowling it mark my words the team chasing will win it easily, he is a match looser, in 2007 world cup t20 and 2012 world cup t20 both games windies had amassed plus 190 and this guy gifts these runs to opposition without any fuss, he is totally a school cricketer without any knowledge and badree should have come to play instead of this mediocre slow bowler. I wish they had choosen kemar roach over him even if he bowled 10 no balls he wouldnt give that much score as this ravi rampaul gives in 1 over OMG

  • on September 26, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    ANY WI WIN IS A GOOD WIN!

  • tfjones1978 on September 26, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    This has to be the worst world cup format of all time. The four top sides that topped the groups having to fight it out for two of four semi final positions. Where is the advantage in winning the group stage? The West Indies after losing one and other washed out match will play an easier Super Eights then Australia will, which is rediculous. Also the Associates had nearly no showing. Two warm up matches, two group matches, three super eight matches, semis and final, just stupid. With those nine matches those teams could have played: * Two groups of eight, semis & final. OR * Four groups of seven, quarters, semis & final. or many other formats. Two ideas I think would be better: [1] 32 team world cup (8 groups of 4), winners play in 2 groups of 4, then semis & finals. With rained out matches awarded to higher seeded team. [2] OR a round robin in which 16 teams play a World Series over two years with Super Eights played in a single country, followed by semis & final in that country.

  • ali3148 on September 25, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @Des_65, mark my work words, you will realize soon. so far it has been very predictable program. Think deep to make a logic out of my previous comment.

  • Theoraxius on September 25, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @Khan Irfan Wazir- I'm sorry man but that ain't gonna happen ,India, South Africa and Australia are in the same group. To me it looks like SA Ind WI SL are gonna make it.

  • mngc1 on September 25, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    The live commentary had Gayle's dance as the "chicken". That was really funny. He was trying the GANGDAM by a Korean singer. That video is now the most viral ever with about 300 million hits in a short time, That says that cricket lovers (including me) do not follow music videos. Ha.

  • samincolumbia on September 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    This World Cup will go down as one of the worst ever organized..

  • on September 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    India...Australia,,,,,South africa,,,,West Indies....Gonna be in semi's....I m Pakistani And want Pak in Semi But dnt look any Chance of Them...Australia or India Gonna b the winner...Cricinfo Plz keep Record of it....

  • on September 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @jonesy2 - Our so called whining for more games is not a whine. It's a plea to give us more games, I don't know who you follow but presuming it's a Test side. You have games right throughout the year.

    While Ireland don't play another game for 6 months, then it's playing the UAE. Which we should easily put aside.

    How can Test sides expect us to play the level of associates, then be 100% ready to take on the worlds best come the big world cups. We need more practice outside of world cups to get ready.

    Try being an associate for a while, you will see how great your fixture list is in comparison to ours...

  • Philip_Gnana on September 25, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    It is easy to blaming all and sundry instead of looking at the media's input too. These games could have also been scheduled to start earlier if the rain is to be blamed. SL enjoys the benefit of two seasons either East Coast or West coast. They did have the option of playing at Dambulla too. There was a choice to work around the rain. Late afternoon showers could have been avoided. To have a window to accommodate the World T20 seems to be second to the IPL. Money rules, which is quite evident. May be the IPL needs to be rescheduled? Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • AntiDarWIN on September 26, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Why westindies management still considered Ravi Rampaul in starting eleven is a big mystery to me, if he continues to play i am sure if there is a scenerio of 25 runs required in last over and he is bowling it mark my words the team chasing will win it easily, he is a match looser, in 2007 world cup t20 and 2012 world cup t20 both games windies had amassed plus 190 and this guy gifts these runs to opposition without any fuss, he is totally a school cricketer without any knowledge and badree should have come to play instead of this mediocre slow bowler. I wish they had choosen kemar roach over him even if he bowled 10 no balls he wouldnt give that much score as this ravi rampaul gives in 1 over OMG

  • on September 26, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    ANY WI WIN IS A GOOD WIN!

  • tfjones1978 on September 26, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    This has to be the worst world cup format of all time. The four top sides that topped the groups having to fight it out for two of four semi final positions. Where is the advantage in winning the group stage? The West Indies after losing one and other washed out match will play an easier Super Eights then Australia will, which is rediculous. Also the Associates had nearly no showing. Two warm up matches, two group matches, three super eight matches, semis and final, just stupid. With those nine matches those teams could have played: * Two groups of eight, semis & final. OR * Four groups of seven, quarters, semis & final. or many other formats. Two ideas I think would be better: [1] 32 team world cup (8 groups of 4), winners play in 2 groups of 4, then semis & finals. With rained out matches awarded to higher seeded team. [2] OR a round robin in which 16 teams play a World Series over two years with Super Eights played in a single country, followed by semis & final in that country.

  • ali3148 on September 25, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @Des_65, mark my work words, you will realize soon. so far it has been very predictable program. Think deep to make a logic out of my previous comment.

  • Theoraxius on September 25, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @Khan Irfan Wazir- I'm sorry man but that ain't gonna happen ,India, South Africa and Australia are in the same group. To me it looks like SA Ind WI SL are gonna make it.

  • mngc1 on September 25, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    The live commentary had Gayle's dance as the "chicken". That was really funny. He was trying the GANGDAM by a Korean singer. That video is now the most viral ever with about 300 million hits in a short time, That says that cricket lovers (including me) do not follow music videos. Ha.

  • samincolumbia on September 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    This World Cup will go down as one of the worst ever organized..

  • on September 25, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    India...Australia,,,,,South africa,,,,West Indies....Gonna be in semi's....I m Pakistani And want Pak in Semi But dnt look any Chance of Them...Australia or India Gonna b the winner...Cricinfo Plz keep Record of it....

  • on September 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @jonesy2 - Our so called whining for more games is not a whine. It's a plea to give us more games, I don't know who you follow but presuming it's a Test side. You have games right throughout the year.

    While Ireland don't play another game for 6 months, then it's playing the UAE. Which we should easily put aside.

    How can Test sides expect us to play the level of associates, then be 100% ready to take on the worlds best come the big world cups. We need more practice outside of world cups to get ready.

    Try being an associate for a while, you will see how great your fixture list is in comparison to ours...

  • Philip_Gnana on September 25, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    It is easy to blaming all and sundry instead of looking at the media's input too. These games could have also been scheduled to start earlier if the rain is to be blamed. SL enjoys the benefit of two seasons either East Coast or West coast. They did have the option of playing at Dambulla too. There was a choice to work around the rain. Late afternoon showers could have been avoided. To have a window to accommodate the World T20 seems to be second to the IPL. Money rules, which is quite evident. May be the IPL needs to be rescheduled? Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • ifrakurshid on September 25, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    WEATHER SUPPORTS A PROVEN BETTER SIDE WINS PUNTERS MAKE HEY DAY AS WESTINDIES WIN WITHOUT BATTING GAINING 1 POINT WHICH ALSO GIVES A POSITIVE CONSOLITION TO IRELAND THEY DO HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR UPSETTING A SIDE IN T20-20 ONLY.

  • imrankhan76uk on September 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @siri12345 and @all others.... SL , NZ , WI and Eng are in a lucky supereight group... I can safely bet that non of these 4 can win a single match if they are in other group..... I do think now that SuperEight was set up in a way that top favourite are fighting for semi.... and SL & NZ will have relatively comfortable ride to semi finals

  • on September 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Missed out the Gayle storm...

  • i_witnessed_2011 on September 25, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Dr.Thomas : Completely agree with you. Russel is a complete package. WI are not using him properly.

  • on September 25, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Ridiculous scheduling - monsoon season and no reserve day. And as anshu.s said, if there are lights why not just carry on?

    I know these TV companies provide a lot of money but cricket should stop bending over backwards to serve them - isn't it TV who is providing coverage of the event, not cricket providing entertainment for the tv slot.

    Similarly it's largely cause of the TV that there aren't more associate teams in the tournament - the Netherlands and Namibia were desperately unlucky not to make it through the qualifiers and Canada and Kenya were in the mix and would certainly have held their own. A tournament with 4 groups of 4 teams: Sri Lanka, England, South Africa, India would the top seeds as Host,Holder and two highest other ranking teams, and spread out the rest with top two qualifying for the quarter finals. More of a world tournament and more games were the the actual result is significant!

  • CricketMaan on September 25, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - its because its the media and TV viewership that decides where to host and what event...With most or all of the revenues comming from Asia its often scheduled there. But I can't wait to see 2015 WC, Ch 9 coverage, the grounds and Bill Lawry's 'Gone'....and those early morning quiteiness at home while watching a cricket match.

  • Meety on September 25, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @VivGilchrist on (September 25 2012, 07:30 AM GMT) - technically the World XI Test & ODIs were an ICC event, but your point is taken. That said, I doubt that this time of year would of been do-able due to finals in the Footy competitions!

  • Irelandcricketfan on September 25, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    This is crushing. We were far from our best, but 1.5 games is so little to show what we can do. What a terrible format. Now we have no cricket for nearly six months, before matches against.....wait for it...the UAE. No chance to watch my beloved Ireland for half a year. Thanks, cricketing world. It's worth reading Jarrod Kimber's sensible comments on this website, which are eminently sensible.

  • himohan007 on September 25, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @siri12345 lol. This shows how pathetic your analysis.

  • on September 25, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I still don't understand why this tournament is held in Srilanka where there are frequent rains. Just take the count of how many matches were spoiled due to this rain in this tournament. Please... no more srilanka for major tournaments

  • anshu.s on September 25, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Why have ICC allowed only 30 minutes as cut off, why not add extra 3 hours or reserve day, i saw a match at US Open (tennis) finish at 4 a.m, rain stopped after 2 hours yesterday and with lights on you would imagine match would have been finished, cricket community has become a laughing stock in eyes of other sports followers who find it amusing that play can't be finished in a world cup.

  • on September 25, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    there should be two groups and two top teams from each group would reach the semis...

  • on September 25, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    but one good thing is nice bouncy pitches that was noy expected in subcontinent

  • kausani on September 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    A reserve day is a simple solution but the idiot tv execs don't seem to agree

  • on September 25, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    why tournament sheduled in this monsoon season and why no tournament in australia since long this was a question to ICC

  • siri12345 on September 25, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    lol to all those people who thinks one group is easy and one group is difficult.they think one group contains all the winners and one group contains all the loosers.but i request them to dare to see who beat whom and who lost to whom.guys srilanka lost to a team who wouldhave beaten any team that day in those pacy,bouncy ,swinging conditions and india beat a team who would have lost to any team that day in those spin friendly conditions.so doesit mean that india is in top 4 and sl are not.the truth is that sl faced the best opponent and westindies were unlucky due to rain while india and pak beat a little better than minnows opponent.so based on super league result it would be safe to assume that sl,westindies,sa and aus are the 4 best team in this tournament and are most likely to make semis.cricinfo please publish.

  • on September 25, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    So much so for giving the Non-Test/Upcoming teams a chance, the format looks as if it was designed to eliminate the upcoming teams as soon as possible. Dockrell bowled only Once in this tournament and is already on the way home. The WT20 should be scheduled on the lines of the Football WC - with maybe 16 teams in 4 groups with the 2 group toppers from each group playing quarter finals - as seen in numerous FIFA world cups, where un-fancied teams made it to the quarters and at times even the semi's. T20 should be the engine to promote the game to new audiences.

  • VivGilchrist on September 25, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    With all this talk about the SL monsoon season, can someone please tell me why an ICCrun world tournament has not been held in Australia for 21 years?

  • zaman_ash on September 25, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    @Simon Power: i m Bangladeshi & i admit that yes,our team sucks(in test). but what we have is the passion for this game. trust me or not- even if our team keeps losing for 5yrs at a stretch, we will still love our team & most importantly we will not stop loving cricket. Youngsters will never stop playing cricket, local sponsors won't leave cricket. is cricket that much alive in ur country or it's gonna fall once this generation of ur players retire? don't blame icc my friend, they made a mistake by AWARDING(i won't say that we earned it) an EARLY test status, u want them to make the same mistake again?

  • KK_Cricket on September 25, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Its quite a shame that the Associates are given only 2 games to prove themselves.. It would have been better if there were only 2 groups instead of 4 like the ODI world cup last year.. And when will the world cup move to Australia/NZ?? Next T20 world cup is to be held in Bangladesh which is again sad.. why not move to Australia or may be NZ as well for the world cup T20..?

  • on September 25, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Australia won against Ireland in 15.1 overs. Had Australia taken 3 more deliveries to complete the victory, then WI would have taken early plane to home. ICC are lucky. Else the Group B of super eight would have featured Ireland in 3 matches. Bad luck for them. I wish they come strong next time.

  • on September 25, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Hey guys, in the super 8 , group 1 is not strong. but it came to semi that advantage have the group 2, becoz group 2 face less strong team (nz,eng,wi & sri) thats mean in the final there is a 2 strong teams face the crown.

  • on September 25, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    its sad way to go out team like iris team but now on its very tough compition all over all the super 8 teams r there and ireland is no where near this line they r talented but there s waste different between talent and experience and one weak team in super 8 one way should be wide open like Kenya in semies in world cup 2003

  • colombo_SL on September 25, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @UmarRiaz; i think these scheduling are done according to the rankings at the time of scheduling. I agree that groups should be included, two top teams & two second teams in each group. Otherwise qualifying round is a joke & boring.

  • PrasPunter on September 25, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    well what can i say about a format that at times is decided by a 7-overs-a-side slog. Bring on the SA Vs Aus test-series, enough of this slog-fest. Boring stuff. Saurav Ganguly was on the record the other day that one can do whatever he want in t20 , but what he does in Tests matter the most. Well said Sir - happy to hear that. Who cares as to who is gonna win this ! Matters little !!

  • jonesy2 on September 25, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    after whinning about not getting to play more and what not ireland turned up and showed why they dont deserve to play bigger nations. they were poor with the bat, windies bowled very ordinary and ireland were gifting them wickets.

  • mahafuz1983 on September 25, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    @Hayden Field...I was confused like u too...but here how it goes mate....teams have been given constant seed like Aus B1, Eng A2, WI B2 etc...whatever the group standings it will remain same....that's why even SA is top group C, SRI is still C1 and SA is still C2.....if an unseeded team goes into the super 8, it will take their number, lets say BD somehow goes to super 8, even if they are second in the group due to net run rate, they will be D1 and NZ will still be D2....I have to say its peculiar and ineffective and made ENG vs IND a dead game....and IND did't mind to make so many chnges as it wouldnt make any difference if they had lost, they were always going to join AUS, SA and now PAK I guess will be joining, which really makes a strong group...and no offence to SR, WI, ENG and NZ....from what we seen so far, I don't think the 4 strongest teams will be in the semis.....hope it clears for u @Hayden Field and anybody else is confused

  • mihir_nam on September 25, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    So all these calculations say West Indies will Win t20 now like England won after Irish washout. Or Sri Lanka has decided to gift this cup to India as they regularly do in Bi Lateral series

  • mtalhas on September 25, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    this is the most boring world cup ever seen. i can bet that even now ICC wont learn from their mistakes. secondly, world cup should include more teams and cricket should expand further beyond the 8 major nations. world cup should sound like a world cup. it seems a bit tough in ODis but its not impossible at least in t20. all the nations should have equal opportunities to grow and play cricket.

  • on September 25, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @Hayden Field Yeah the groups are pre-determined it doesn't matter if you qualify 1st or second, I think they just did it so that India and Pakistan would be in the same group because that games guaranteed massive viewing figures.

  • on September 25, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    What a farce! WI through to the next round of a world cup without a win.

  • UmarRiaz on September 25, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Assuming Pakistan would win against BD tomorrow. All the top teams from each group will be in G2 and all the runners up will be in G1. Well done ICC. Nice format!!!!

  • on September 25, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    Wow what a tough Group India,SA,Aus & Pak^. It is really tough to call - but India & SA more consistent of the other two teams from the other group def SL & WI.

  • on September 25, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    why did ICC hold the t20 in sri Lanka when they know its rainy season

  • on September 25, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Who was the idiot who said lets have the world cup during monsoon season.

  • tanstell87 on September 25, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    @Vikum72 - Indian fan here i wont call that a bias prediction...its your opinion mate....but i see India making it through to the semis...they are playing at Premadasa in all 3 super eight games.....cant predict India-Pakistan result...but India do have a good chance against Australia & South Africa....Sri Lanka playing on wicket that aids fast bowling might find it difficult to get past England & West Indies...SL always have a upper hand against Kiwis...so my semi finalists are India-Pakistan-West Indies & England.

  • on September 25, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Though this version of the match is entertaining and provides an enthralling pace, the essence of the game along with the skill development is being lost. And although I realize that this format is making a ton of money and is very profitable, the long run says that this current format is hurting the game's player development. The five day test must be retooled and reformatted else it should be eliminated altogether. I can see the ODI's becoming the new five day test and the T20 becoming the new ODI.

  • on September 25, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    not amused by scheduling of tournament in this part of the world..nothng against SL but if u go back in the past,, i found none of the tournaments held in SL without being effected by rain..this is not in the interest of the game, when the matches are being washed out.. one or two matches are bound to be effected by rain, but not every now and again. if any team get to win the trophy decided by D/L method, that's certainly the worst thing for this tournament..i think organizers should think this aspect particularly before deciding the any tournament involving more 3 teams.. wash-out or rain- curtailed matches lessens the interest.

  • on September 25, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Who's idea was it to have the T20 World cup in Sri Lanka in the midst of a monsoon season? Let's give them all a raise and a huge bonus please - pronto????

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 25, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    @Vikum72: Since you are a SL supporter, how about you ask your rain gods to stop showing up during the super 8s. If this weather continues... your team SL could be in serious trouble of failing to reach the semis. They showed the other day they couldn't chase a target in 7 overs. I would be more worried as a SL supporter given the weather. This whole tournaments is a joke.

  • WindiesWillow on September 25, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    I feel very sorry for Ireland. i think they are a quality limited overs side worhty enough not to be referred to as minnows. Some better plan needs to be put in pplace to disallow furhter occurrences of this nature. i remember weather preventing WI to progress in the 2003 World Cup as well. While Ireland may not be ready for Tests, they should be allowed more ODIs & T20s international matches. It will help their cause, as they deserve to progress instead of losing players to England.

  • 99hamzakhan99 on September 25, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    i feel bad for ireland what a heart break didnt even get a chance at defending their score the game should have been completed on a reserve day or something i mean its a worldcup for crying out loud what if 2 teams were fighting for a semifinal spot

  • Sinhaya on September 25, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    For those talking about poor crowds, yes I agree it has been the case when featuring a minnow. But have nt you all seen the full houses when Sri Lanka played South Africa, England played India and when Pakistan played New Zealand? In the previous T20 editions, crowds never filled when minnows were playing. Regarding weather, well compare this with the last T20 world cup where 3 games in the first round was rain curtailed and one was abandoned which featured Ireland. Also, have a look at the BBC and timeanddate forecast for Colombo. Weather for the next few days look far better and hope it stays so.

  • on September 25, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    And btw this was a different rain out than last time. We would not have won this one - but chasing 120 in the Windies against England last time we really could have made .....

  • on September 25, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    So, I post on here, win or lose, in support of Ireland. I dont think we did enough to go through to the super 8's and the tournament was a disappointment for us. However we beat 2 test teams in warm ups (Zim and Bang) so I think in terms of keeping our name in the face of the ICC for test status we made par. Its funny how we so often are talked about in the same sentence as Zim and Bang when looking at "miinows" and yet they are allowed to play tests and we are not. This was a well coached, talented Irish team - no we are not good enough to be at the top table but we are good enough to be encouraged and even perhaps funded on a level with other teams?

    I long for the day Porterfield leads Ireland out against Bangladesh in the new national cricket stadium in Dublin for a test game. I hope he doesn't get a golden duck that day :-) But honestly does anyone reading this disagree that we are worthy of test games against Bang/Zim. We dont hate or envy them we want to be like them!

  • mumerashfaq on September 25, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    really miserable ending of Ireland's campaign in this world cup.

  • Gizza on September 25, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    The DL Method was designed for 50 over cricket and that too for games up to the 90's. We really need an updated version ASAP.

  • Sricula on September 25, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    It is a pity that the matches are washed out and the spectators are cheated out of the games. Very poor scheduling of such an event. Considering the events so far, it may not be surprising to see only a few matches of the super eights go the full distance.

  • on September 25, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @Pointmidon. Ireland have a right to feel ire-land at the bad luck or rain interruptions in two world cups. They will be dire-land, if they keep on losing good players to other countries. They are not S A, with plenty to spare. Poaching from a weaker affiliate is like stealing from the beggar's bowl!

  • on September 25, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    D/L was designed keeping the 50 overs game in mind; not a 20 over one. Any decent mathematician would know that, a dynamic formula to be re-adjusted for every over and every wicket fall over a 50 over span CAN NOT be just interpolated for a 20 over format. How come, ICC with all its resources is not seeking help to come up with a better recalculating routine, and appropriate sub-routine suitable for a 20-over span?

  • Vikum72 on September 24, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Super 8 groups; Eng,NZ,WI & SL in one group and Aus,Ind,Pak & SA in the other.(Pak has to beat BD) My guess is WI & SL has the best chance of making it to the semis from their group while SA & one of the other 3 teams from their group. If I take away Aus based on their inconsistent performances in this format, it will be either Ind or Pak. My prediction is WI,SL,SA&Pak in semis and SL vs SA in the final. Well.. of course I'm a SL fan, so my prediction could be bias! Any other predictions?

  • on September 24, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    I too am concern that too many cricket games can be determine by the spin of the coin. The team that bat second has the advantage in a DWL situationand very likely to win. But that is cricket it will continue to evolve.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 24, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    JUST WAIT AND SEE HOW MANY MORE MATCHES OF SUPER 8 WILL BE EATEN UP BY THE RAINS.

  • on September 24, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    How have they figured out the Super 8s before the final game is played? NZ is down to play Sri Lanka, but if Pakistan beat Bangladesh...would that not put them through as the A qualifier?

  • Midonoff on September 24, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    @Dr.Thomas, I see your point but I will stick with Charles for that fast burst, which he had given West Indies many occasions in T20 and can be devastating when he gets going.

  • drnaveed on September 24, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    there should have been a reserve day for every game in this all important T 20- world cup, keeping in mind the prospects of rain in most of the matches.the organizers should have thought about it as well. WI through to the super 8 round ,without winning a single game, and Ireland were knocked out of the world cup ,in this game , not by their opponents , but ........ by the rain.

  • Glorizee on September 24, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    So guys, now Ireland is actually an ire-land, and for obvious reasons. Phew!

  • Des_65 on September 24, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    ali3148, How come you are so sure? You must be good at throwing a coin or a die! T20 is unpredictable!

  • on September 24, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    This tournament is a farce with these dodgy rain affected games

  • Des_65 on September 24, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Hi George Dobell, you said "Had the rain relented, West Indies could have been set a target of just 44 in five overs with all of their wickets intact." I'm not sure whether a T20 match be reduced to less than 7 overs.

  • on September 24, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    @SirViv1973...There's nothing wrong with a tournament being held in Bangladesh because Number 1 unlike Sri Lanka, you will always see pack grounds and last years World Cup 2 quarter finals held in Dhaka not involving Bangladesh still saw jammed packed crowd. Even the Pak-Ind match at Dhaka saw a full crowd so atmosphere won't be a problem regardless of who plays. Also weather in Bangladesh is very good because rain in this country tends to be a lot but in short time. So really the next World Cups held in Bangladesh, India, Australia and England will be much much more positive as compared to this tournament held in Sri Lanka but yeah I agree that this tournament has not at all liven up.

  • girlyshann on September 24, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    What a shame, Irish worked hard to qualify only to be tossed out by bad weather.

    Why organize a tournament in the part of the world where bad weather is definite around this time of year. And if they had to, why not add in additional day for a wash out.

    Not only is this discouraging to the Irish team, but also to team's following.

  • ali3148 on September 24, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    so the Semi finalists are Srilianka & Westindies from G1 and from G2 Pakistan & Austrailia with odds on SA. So predictable isnt it.....!

  • SirViv1973 on September 24, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @Vinod Barat, Agree with you there should be a reserve day for games, theres noone in the stadiums anyway!

  • Dr.Thomas on September 24, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    I dont think it is fair to see Johnson Charles play ahead of Andre Russel! I mean come on. I am suret that Russel is a better batsman than Charles. They said that what the selectors wanted from Charles is a "fast burst 30 or 20".....sighhh :(. Honestly i would put my money on Russel any day to give me a quick firing 30 or more than Charles. No offence to Charles but Russel is a better, more valuable and simply safer pick ahead of Charles. We have seen time and time again what the young man can do with the bat and how he adds value in the field! I would definitely try him up the order. It would be highly entertaining, and i would not even consider it a risk. Charles or even Simmons is more of a risk in my book. Come on selectors he deserves a try. His bowling is not good at all which is something which he has to work on but I have seen "batsmen" and he might be what Westindies needed all along :)

  • gudolerhum on September 24, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    I am convinced that at least in this form of the game there must be a penalty of having fewer wickets when chasing a reduced target. The present calculations make a mockery of the game in these circumstances. There was a revision after SA were set 22 to get in one over of a World Cup match several years ago and there now needs to be some resetting of the rules. The authorities must not wait until crowds get fed up with the format when this happens and there is a lack of crowd support as is happening already.

  • leabertshaw on September 24, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    it would have appeared that it is a common phenomena with cricket organisers around the world to me they seemed to be just a set of bufoons who just do what they feel like without any cosiderations for the fans who make this game so popular,i definitely agree with the j kumar on that point ,how could they organized such an important tournament like this in the peak time of the monsoon season in a country like sri lanka what do they expect the weather is going to be different because cricket is playing there?real idiots just like the west indies cricket board believing that scheduling games in guyana and trinidad inthe peak of their rainy season is a good thing meanwhile leaving out venues in jamaica and other drier places is ok they also beleived that the west indies was going to be a better team without their ipl players real stupidikies lol

  • SirViv1973 on September 24, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    The ICC really need to have a think about the format of this competition and the competition itself. The minnows go home before the competition starts, either give them a fair crack at the whip (4 or 5 games) or just arrange a tournament between the top 8 teams.It seems as if the likes of Ire shld have just flown out to help the big teams get ready for the tournament by playing a few warm up games! If both the big teams in each group beat the minnow then they play a dead rubber against each other which makes no sense.This is suppose to be a WC & the grounds are empty and there is no atmosphere. The next one has already been confirmed for Bang, is this going to any better ? Until this tournament is established would it not have been better to keep it between Eng,Aus,Ind & SAF. To be totally honest i'm not convinced we need a T20 WC, its too late now but perhaps T20 should have been left to domestic leagues rather than Internationals.

  • cricketeria on September 24, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    If only we could have scheduled this tournament in April/May when it doesn't rain much in SL. The IPL is ruining international cricket....!

  • on September 24, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Why don't they play the game next day. It might inconvenience some people, but at least you play cricket and get some concrete resul ( like we do with baseball in U.S. )!!!

  • on September 24, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    I am FUMING with anger now. WHY do the clowns in the ICC schedule a major tournament at this time of the year and that too in SL ? This is so ridiculous and a big let down for teams like Ireland. I am so frustrated that I almost broke my TV in the living room. Why are the administrators committing the same mistakes over and over again ? When will they learn NOT to host games in SL during this time of the year ! This nonsense ONLY happens in the sport of cricket. Now I know why Canadians and the Americans hate cricket so much ! Pfff....

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 24, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @xylo (post on September 24 2012, 19:34 PM GMT): Yup, they could do some dancing too and score points for that... I think Gayle would be up for that!

  • on September 24, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @Vinod Barot

    Agreed. Group one has weaker teams. Group has all the strong teams, which is not fair for Group 2 teams.

  • xylo on September 24, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    We might as well get all teams indoors, and declare a winner based on a video game.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 24, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Oh I don't know... If Ireland had got Gayle, Charles, Bravo, Samuels, Pollard, Russell, Sammy and Ramdin out cheaply, there would have been every chance of an upset there in the making... Shame on you rain!

  • on September 24, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    I talked to ICC today and they said that the prescheduling of the super 8 stage was for the convenience of teams and media and public to know beforehand and also to facilitate the ticket sales!

  • on September 24, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    I do not understand as to why the winners of each group i.e. A, B, C, D are playing against each other in Group 2. Whereas, the second ranked teams are playing each other in Group 1. Why the playing format was determined before the group reults were obtained?

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 24, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Feel so bad for a team like Ireland because another rain ruined their game affected their chances but regardless, this T20 tournament has not gone as successful for me I mean lack of crowd, rain, bad scheduling etc.

  • on September 24, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    I think ICC should be more careful about the locations and time of the year they pick for these tournaments. It is very frustrating to see important matches wash down in rains like this. Who knows, WI might have gotten all out for 57 like they did against bangladesh last summer? Bad luck Ireland! But good to see WI in super 8. This WI team looks really good. I hope ICC will consider T20 tournaments a being a bit longer like the 50 over World cups Each team should face the other 5 before deciding semi finalist and stuff. We want to enjoy more t20s.

  • on September 24, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    is ICC nuts to host a world cup at a place where its always raining in this season. Common grow up! By doing this you are not doing service to the game; rather you are frustrating millions of fans. Any place where there is little to gain for and a lot to loose, its not worth taking a shot. They could have avoided Lanka at this time of the year and hosted the tournament somewhere else. or arrange something so that countries like Ireland who have won many hearts with their spirited performance whenever given an opportunity do not go back dejected. At least even if they have to loose then let them loose respectfully. Seeing international calender its difficult to do much but then more than IPL Big Bash and what not, its more important to bring new countries to the game. Even almost after 100 years of cricket, there are only 10 test playing teams. Rather making rich richer, do something progressive for the game.

  • on September 24, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    I do not understand why they do not start the game sooner than the regular time as the rain is going to shorten the game

  • bishun on September 24, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    West Indies have the one of best team in the t20 world cup , it will take consistent performances from them to win this cup, the bowling needs to step up and perform. the windies need to choose the right batting and bowling combination, maybe 2 spinners with russel taking the new ball or badree .

  • Stark62 on September 24, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Let me guess, the whole tournament is going to be rained off now?!?!

    The jokers at the icc must be congratulated!!

  • on September 24, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I hate this now! Im worried that the world cup might be washed away by the rains :(

  • on September 24, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Dear ICC what a waste of tournament lol, must have think of weather before. It was just one game but many more important matches to come i don't think so it will go fine...

  • OmanBiek on September 24, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    WI won on sheer batting reputation alone!

  • Worldex on September 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    T20 isn't going anywhere ... so we all might as well build covered stadiums !!!!

  • on September 24, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Rain is ruining the game..

  • Kristy on September 24, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    This is poor match scheduling.. All the Super 08 matches played in Colombo will be same..

  • Deowooo on September 24, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    this tournament is designed to beat up on the associate teams andthe next phase is for the big teams, ICC doing their best to limit cricket to only 8-10 teams. A world cup with only 8 nations -- sad. Windies need to perform better than this to win against the other squads. Where is Simmons?

  • warneneverchuck on September 24, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    I can't understand why they r arranging tournament in SL. Any tournament held in India Aus ENG or SA will be superhit

  • Narkovian on September 24, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Is this the rainy season in Sri Lanka or something.? T20 is a bit silly anway, without all this rain.

  • RJ1995 on September 24, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Ah well its another drubbing on the card

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Forget it W.I don't have d power to deal with rain

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  • BRUTALANALYST on September 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Forget it W.I don't have d power to deal with rain

  • RJ1995 on September 24, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Ah well its another drubbing on the card

  • Narkovian on September 24, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Is this the rainy season in Sri Lanka or something.? T20 is a bit silly anway, without all this rain.

  • warneneverchuck on September 24, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    I can't understand why they r arranging tournament in SL. Any tournament held in India Aus ENG or SA will be superhit

  • Deowooo on September 24, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    this tournament is designed to beat up on the associate teams andthe next phase is for the big teams, ICC doing their best to limit cricket to only 8-10 teams. A world cup with only 8 nations -- sad. Windies need to perform better than this to win against the other squads. Where is Simmons?

  • Kristy on September 24, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    This is poor match scheduling.. All the Super 08 matches played in Colombo will be same..

  • on September 24, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Rain is ruining the game..

  • Worldex on September 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    T20 isn't going anywhere ... so we all might as well build covered stadiums !!!!

  • OmanBiek on September 24, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    WI won on sheer batting reputation alone!

  • on September 24, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Dear ICC what a waste of tournament lol, must have think of weather before. It was just one game but many more important matches to come i don't think so it will go fine...