Bangladesh v Ireland, WT20 qualifier, Group A, Dharamsala March 11, 2016

Persistent rain knocks Ireland out


Match abandoned Bangladesh 94 for 2 (Tamim 47) v Ireland
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tamim Iqbal blitzed a quickfire 47, but rain had the final say © Associated Press

Ireland were knocked out of the World T20, after persistent rain resulted in another washout against Bangladesh in Dharamsala. Play was called off at 10:20pm local time, after rain had stopped the game after eight overs in the Bangladesh innings.

This result means the Bangladesh-Oman encounter on Saturday will decide who goes through from Group A, with both teams on three points each while Netherlands and Ireland are on one point each.

The match was always at the mercy of the weather after rain forced the Oman-Netherlands game earlier in the afternoon to be abandoned. Rain had stopped at around 7:30pm and allowed the match to start at 9:45pm, but it relented for just over an hour.

Bangladesh's innings started like it did against Netherlands, with a dropped catch of Soumya Sarkar in the first over. This time it was Andy McBrine who spilled the chance at deep midwicket. McBrine also conceded four overthrows in the next over before Tamim Iqbal took to the Ireland bowlers with muscular hits.

In the same over, he walked across to the off side to swing Boyd Rankin for a whipped six over fine leg before bunting him down the ground for four to get 16 runs from the over. Bangladesh were quickly up and running.

Tim Murtagh was also hit for a six over mid-off, and four through the covers in the next over. Sarkar then struck three fours off Kevin O'Brien, an over that went for 19, the second of which was dropped by Rankin at mid-off. The third boundary was a scoop which completed Bangladesh's first fifty-plus opening stand in two years.

Tamim welcomed McBrine into the bowling attack with a straight blast for six before the offspinner had Sarkar stumped for 20 off 13 balls. Bangladesh were 63 for 1 in five overs before George Dockrell, who replaced Craig Young, was reverse swept for four off his first ball. Tamim survived a stumping chance off the next delivery before Sabbir Rahman slammed McBrine for a straight six in the next over.

Tamim struck his fourth six in the eight over and three balls later was caught by the Ireland captain William Porterfield at short midwicket, having made 47 off 26 balls with three fours and four sixes.

Rain, accompanied by lightning, interrupted play again as Tamim trudged off, depriving Ireland of a shot to redeem themselves.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Jose on March 14, 2016, 12:40 GMT

    I have tremendous respect for the associates, and strongly feel that they need to be supported. I admire the way they are embracing the game, with hardly any support. In the earlier post, if my attempt at humour had backfired, my sincere apologies. If my plea to ICC and other regular cricketing nations, sounded condescending, once again my apologies. My grandson is my biggest critic and he is the one who pointed out that possibility. Hence, this post, to clarify. The moment he pointed it out.

  • Jose on March 14, 2016, 9:09 GMT

    Rain's ire on Ireland? Yes! Did Scots go scot free & get into the main draw? No! Did Netherland go down to the nether land, instead of surfacing up on the main plank? Yes, the former; not the latter! Hong Kong, honked for a while like a mini King Kong; that was just about it! UAE went Dubai, 'to buy' what? More time, to raise their game further, perhaps.

    Jokes apart, these teams and more like them should get more frequent opportunities to compete at levels a bit higher than their own, accepting the fact that learning is more important than losing. Domestic tournaments like the Counties competitions, Ranji Trophy, Sheffield Shield et al can provide a slot or two to these teams in their domestic competitions, perhaps. That is, if parties on either side are ready and willing.

    Both technicalities, and egos can be the stumbling blocks. I think ICC have a moral obligation to find some viable ways out. Who am I to suggest, anything specific?

    Apologies, if I have transgressed.

  • rony on March 13, 2016, 13:32 GMT

    the way BD batsmen played today, i think any no. 11 batsmen from Aus Ind Sa Eng could have batted the same way against a weak ireland attack. So nothing commendable about that batting performance

  • Sagar on March 13, 2016, 11:55 GMT

    Too bad all these matches are getting rained out. This group was definitely interesting with Netherlands and Ireland more than capable of causing a few upsets. Also , though Bangladesh have been playing well recently , they have lost to teams like Hong Kong, Ireland and Scotland in the past. Would've been interesting viewing.

  • Shoyab on March 13, 2016, 2:09 GMT

    Ireland play good cricket but I don't think they can chase 108 run in 8 overs (DLS) if the match begun after rain, Ban bowlers are in form and they have variety ... I think it is too much for them to score ...

  • Protap on March 12, 2016, 16:34 GMT

    We have to accept cricket is not a very popular sport in Ireland. Main sport in Ireland are Gaelic football and hurling. Cricket in Ireland is a proximity effect of England. Still they play very good cricket, in fact better than some ICC full member nations where cricket is the most popular sport. Same thing applies to Holland.

  • roket on March 12, 2016, 12:38 GMT

    @INDIA_RULES_EVERYBODY: Talking about qualifying fair and square, you must be thinking about the 2007 WC! As for losing to associates, India blazed that trail in 1979, when after playing cricket for 45 years, India lost badly to then Associates Sri Lanka in a world cup match. So much for ruling everybody!

  • Shabbir on March 12, 2016, 11:41 GMT

    Poor scheduling by the organisers as BAN only had 1 day to adjust to the conditions against Neterlands, then the ICC came after BD bowlers with trumped up allegations of unclean bowling, no back up days for rained out matches, mean that BAN are standing eyeball to eyeball with that renowned cricketing nation OMAN for qualification into the next stage of the tournament. The reason why associates are not allowed into the proper tournament is that some of the associates are capable of causing upsets and embarrass much higher ranked teams. This insecurity is simply causing ZIM and BAN to be penalised!

  • John on March 12, 2016, 8:20 GMT

    @CPT.MEANSTER ON MARCH 12, 2016, 1:02 GMT - What has this got to do with test cricket? It seems poor not to have reserve days in qualifying for a world cup and it seems like there are no reserve days for the group stages which is really poor and maybe it would be nice if the associates mixed straight with the bigger sides , but how is test cricket to blame for the scheduling here? BTW - if your argument is that test cricket is killing the development of white ball , there are packed houses at all the Ashes tests (in both countries) and yet in many of the white ball WCs there are not. And some of the crowds for the games which the associates are involved in are embarrassing. No disrespect to the associates meant - and I want their game to grow - but as an example SA vs Scotland , I'm sure you'd be in a minority of 1 who would find that anywhere near as captivating as SA vs NZ or Aus or India

  •   Md Mahmud Chy on March 12, 2016, 8:10 GMT

    Daramsala should not be a cricket venue atlaset for the world cup. One could expect unstable weather almost always near the Himalayan. Ind is a big country with numbers of venue, pls don't mock the effort of associates.

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