World T20, 12th Match, First Round Group B: Ireland v Netherlands at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014
World T20 - 12th match, First Round Group B
Netherlands won by 6 wickets (with 37 balls remaining)
Played at Sylhet Stadium (neutral venue)
21 March 2014 - day/night match (20-over match)

The Oranges disperse after an intense huddle. The Shamrock's openers are here too. I like their Tees. Michael Swart to start off with his off spin from round the wicket

"Can you please tell the scenarios now? Even if Ireland lose do they have chance to qualify? and what do Netherlands need to do in order to win? " Ayan, if Ireland lose, they are out. If Netherlands win narrowly, they are out too. If Ireland win, they are through. If Netherlands win big, they are through. Zimbabwe have done a great job despite a number of wobbles in that last game against UAE

"A very unproductive 4 hours of work coming up. Really hoping the boys in green continue their good form," same here Neil. For us, it just means a really productive 12-hour day.

3.00 pm Netherlands have won the toss and they are bowling. Peter Borren believes it will get better to bat later on as well.

Here is the Ireland XI: Porterfield. Stirling, Joyce, Poynter, Wilson, K O'Brien, Thompson, Cusack, McBrine, Murtagh, Dockrell

Netherlands XI: S Myburgh, M Swart, W Barresi, T Cooper, P Borren, B Cooper, M Bukhari, L van Beek, T van der Gugten, P Seelaar, A Malik

Ryan: "No disrespect to Ireland, but Zimbabwe get my vote for the last ten! Having said that, Netherlands might just surprise again all odds, which is not a bad thing either. This group has been an interesting one with the different possibilities for the three of the teams, who all still have a chance to the next stage. Good T20 matches!!!"

"The Dutch must bat second. They will then need to chase down Ireland's score in aproximately 13.3 overs. This could be done if Ireland does not score more than 130. In light of this, the Dutch management should consider rejigging the batting line-up. I would not open with Swart," Thanks for those numbers Xolile. I am not sure about the accuracy, but yes, they show that Netherlands have got a tough task at hand.

James: "Good call by the Netherlands. They'll know when they bat exactly what they have to do (unless, of course, they've employed the South African Duckworth Lewis calculator!)."

2.45 pm The qualifying scenario in Group B has boiled down to an appetising finish. Elton Chigumbura's assault on UAE has lifted Zimbabwe above Ireland, on net run-rate, giving this final game rather high stakes. Ireland need to beat Netherlands to progress and wave the Associate flag in the main draw. A Netherlands win will make it a two-way contest between them and Zimbabwe, but Netherlands will have to considerably lift their NRR.

0.1

Swart to Porterfield, no run, floats it wide outside off, the batsman watches it go through to the keeper

0.2

Swart to Porterfield, 1 run, flatter and quicker on the stumps, the batsman punches it down to long on for first runs

0.3

Swart to Stirling, 1 run, he stays back and tucks the flatter delivery to deep midwicket for a single

0.4

Swart to Porterfield, no run, fuller on off, driven in the air, almost back to the bowler.. Some oohs and aahs after that

0.5

Swart to Porterfield, no run, comes forward and pushes the flat delivery straight to cover

0.6

Swart to Porterfield, FOUR, here comes the first boundary! Not exactly where he wanted it from though. He looks to cut and gets thick outside edge

End of over 1 (6 runs) Ireland 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 5 (5b 1x4)
    • PR Stirling 1 (1b)
    • MR Swart 1-0-6-0
1.1

van der Gugten to Stirling, no run, short of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman defends it off the back foot

1.2

van der Gugten to Stirling, 2 runs, wonderfully timed through cover! The batsman goes down on his knees and crunches the fuller delivery to the off side, but there is protection in the deep

1.3

van der Gugten to Stirling, no run, comes forward and punches the length delivery straight to cover

JM: "If Ireland lose narrowly and Zim lose then surely Ireland are through also. get your scenarios right..." ---- Zimbabwe just won, didn't they?

1.4

van der Gugten to Stirling, no run, no movement of the feet, he tries to heave this length delivery over the on side and is lucky that it goes over the stumps after he had missed it

1.5

van der Gugten to Stirling, FOUR, that is some punchy stroke! Only a hint of width and the batsman wallops it through backward point, all along the ground

1.6

van der Gugten to Stirling, no run, comes forward and punches the length delivery firmly to mid-off

End of over 2 (6 runs) Ireland 12/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • PR Stirling 7 (7b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 5 (5b 1x4)
    • T van der Gugten 1-0-6-0
    • MR Swart 1-0-6-0

Third bowler to bowl the third over, Ahsan Malik comes in..

Mik: "People are saying Zim should go through as they are apparently a better team. However if Ireland win all their games in the group, how can you say another team should be in the Super 10 stage? "

2.1

Jamil to Porterfield, 2 runs, good tight delivery on off stump, the batsman steers it through backward point and comes back for a quick second

2.2

Jamil to Porterfield, 2 runs, on the pads, this time he picks up another couple to the other side, whipped to deep backward square leg

2.3

Jamil to Porterfield, FOUR, this is in the air but in the gap too! He didn't look entirely in control as he played at this a touch early, but it went through wide mid-on and races to the boundary

2.4

Jamil to Porterfield, SIX, nothing wrong about this one! This is a length ball and that has been chipped straight over the bowler's head. The timing in that carries it all the way. Superb effort

2.5

Jamil to Porterfield, 1 run, he looks to turn the length delivery on the leg side but gets an outside edge to gully

James: ""For us, it just means a really productive 12-hour day." That's 12 hours (ish) of watching cricket and reading the inane drivel people like me send in? It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it!"

He goes round the wicket

2.6

Jamil to Stirling, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it straight to point

End of over 3 (15 runs) Ireland 27/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • PR Stirling 7 (8b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 20 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • MAA Jamil 1-0-15-0
    • T van der Gugten 1-0-6-0

Van der Gugten comes round the wicket

3.1

van der Gugten to Porterfield, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman nudges it to backward point off the back foot for a single

3.2

van der Gugten to Stirling, OUT, that's the first strike for Netherlands! Poor shot by Stirling as the team was progressing rather well. He tries to throw his bat at a short of length delivery but gets a thick top edge that settles into the hands of the point fielder

PR Stirling c Borren b van der Gugten 7 (14m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 77.77

Ed Joyce is the new man

3.3

van der Gugten to Porterfield, FOUR, this is a sumptuous drive from the captain! Just leans into this length delivery and pushes it through extra cover, the timing takes it through to the boundary. Seemed like just a push

3.4

van der Gugten to Porterfield, no run, stays in the crease and defends the length delivery to midwicket

3.5

van der Gugten to Porterfield, FOUR, another one through covers! Porterfield is looking in good nick. Nothing wrong with the delivery again, it's just a length delivery and the batsman caresses it through the gap

3.6

van der Gugten to Porterfield, no run, back of length now, the batsman defends it to point

Cillian: ""People are saying Zim should go through as they are apparently a better team." Ireland are ranked higher in T20 than Zim - they beat Zim in their game and if the beat the netherlands they go through top of the group How in any way are Zim the better team??"

End of over 4 (9 runs) Ireland 36/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 29 (15b 4x4 1x6)
    • EC Joyce 0 (0b)
    • T van der Gugten 2-0-15-1
    • MAA Jamil 1-0-15-0

Swart is back, he comes round the wicket

4.1

Swart to Joyce, no run, tossed up delivery on off, driven straight to cover

4.2

Swart to Joyce, no run, he looks for a gap in the cover area, but can't find one. Punched straight to the fielder again

4.3

Swart to Joyce, 1 run, flatter delivery on the stumps, the batsman nudges this to the gap at cover with soft hands for a single

4.4

Swart to Porterfield, SIX, whoaa! He just moves to the leg side to give himself some room and slaps it over long off with ridiculous ease! How did that travel so far?

4.5

Swart to Porterfield, no run, looks to chop this one through the off side, but gets a bottom edge

4.6

Swart to Porterfield, no run, comes forward and punches the length delivery straight to cover

End of over 5 (7 runs) Ireland 43/1 (RR: 8.60)

    • WTS Porterfield 35 (18b 4x4 2x6)
    • EC Joyce 1 (3b)
    • MR Swart 2-0-13-0
    • T van der Gugten 2-0-15-1

Another change in bowling. Mudassar Bukhari comes in

Toby Pearl: "People worry too much sit back watch cricket enjoy it! whichever team goes on to win the group deserves to go through! No matter who you think should get through. I want England to win the T20 world cup is that going to happen? Not a chance. So sit back relax and let the magic of T20 happen."

5.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Joyce, no run, he serves a fuller delivery to Joyce, who drives it straight to the cover fielder

5.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Joyce, no run, a loose shot outside off! the batsman sees the width and tries to crash it through point without getting close to the line, is beaten

5.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Joyce, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman waits and pulls it over midwicket for a single to the fielder in the deep

5.4

Mudassar Bukhari to Porterfield, FOUR, this is such a teaser! The batsman flicks it to the right of short fine leg fielder. Van de Gugten could have stopped it straightaway as it was not very far, but he chooses to run along and looses the race

gav: "To be brutally honest both teams deserve to be in the World T20 group stage but hey"

5.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Porterfield, no run, he is in some form! Gets a fuller delivery and thumps it on the up to cover, but finds the fielder this time

5.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Porterfield, no run, slower delivery on the stumps, the batsman waits and tries to run it down to third man, but hits it straight to point

End of over 6 (5 runs) Ireland 48/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 39 (21b 5x4 2x6)
    • EC Joyce 2 (6b)
    • Mudassar Bukhari 1-0-5-0
    • MR Swart 2-0-13-0

Tommy Cooper comes in to bowl some offspin, starting from round the stumps

6.1

TLW Cooper to Joyce, 1 run, it's a drop! Joyce must have had his heart in the mouth, he skipped down the track and chipped it straight to long on, but the fielder - Ahsan Malik - doesn't get down in time.. He gets a hand, but can't hang on

6.2

TLW Cooper to Porterfield, no run

6.3

TLW Cooper to Porterfield, 1 run, pushed through on the pads, it's punched down to long on for a single

6.4

TLW Cooper to Joyce, 1 run, moves away to the leg side and punches this delivery to deep cover

6.5

TLW Cooper to Porterfield, 1 run, drives this one on the up to the cover and the fielder is not able to stop it cleanly, allows a single

6.6

TLW Cooper to Joyce, FOUR, this is smartly chipped over extra cover! Again, what timing from the batsman.. Looked like a mere push, but it lands just a couple of meters inside the rope

End of over 7 (8 runs) Ireland 56/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • EC Joyce 8 (9b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 41 (24b 5x4 2x6)
    • TLW Cooper 1-0-8-0
    • Mudassar Bukhari 1-0-5-0

The captain brings himself on. Borren Time

7.1

Borren to Porterfield, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, that is worked away to deep midwicket for a single

Phil: "people moan about T20 being the poor relation of cricket, but i'm glad the ICC have finally smelt the coffee and are beginning to be more inclusive, the associate nations have had great exposure in this tournament, and done themselves proud, hopefully ireland will fly the flag in the next round. long may this format continue."

7.2

Borren to Joyce, 1 run, he waits in the crease and punches it to wide long on off the back foot

7.3

Borren to Porterfield, 2 runs, he comes down the pitch and makes room too, drives the full delivery through extra cover for another single

7.4

Borren to Porterfield, 1 run, on the pads, neatly clipped to deep square leg for an easy single

Arpan: "I have an irish and holland work collegue... none of them have any clue about this game... but when told about scenario... both gear up... lucky for me atleast they understand scorecard.... "

7.5

Borren to Joyce, 1 leg bye, loud appeal for lbw as the batsman misses his flick, but that pitched outside leg. The batsmen take a leg bye to backward point

7.6

Borren to Porterfield, 1 wide, loses direction and bowls this well down the leg side

7.6

Borren to Porterfield, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman pushes it on the up straight to cover

maxximoo: "we should start a petition to get Ireland test status. They deserve it. We want them touring in Australia because they are cool (and they are getting pretty competitive)" ---- sign it here

End of over 8 (7 runs) Ireland 63/1 (RR: 7.87)

    • WTS Porterfield 45 (28b 5x4 2x6)
    • EC Joyce 9 (11b 1x4)
    • PW Borren 1-0-6-0
    • TLW Cooper 1-0-8-0

Pieter Seelar comes in now

8.1

Seelaar to Joyce, 2 runs, flighted and full on the pads, it's nudged softly through square leg for a quick couple

8.2

Seelaar to Joyce, 1 run, comes down the pitch and punches the flighted delivery to deep midwicket

8.3

Seelaar to Porterfield, 1 run, stays in the crease and pushes the length delivery to deep midwicket again

8.4

Seelaar to Joyce, 1 run, takes a step down the pitch and calmly pushes the flatter delivery to long on

8.5

Seelaar to Porterfield, no run, he was in some trouble here! Porterfield goes for a reverse sweep, misses it as it sneaks under his bat and he had no idea where it went. It was in the keeper's gloves and he took out the leg stump. Luckily for the batsman, he kept his back leg inside the crease

8.6

Seelaar to Porterfield, 1 run, allows the ball to turn in, then clips it to deep midwicket for a single

archie: "is it fair to have the final deciding matches of the group being played at different times. it gives the last teams to play unfair advantage. i think icc should copy fifa."

End of over 9 (6 runs) Ireland 69/1 (RR: 7.66)

    • WTS Porterfield 47 (31b 5x4 2x6)
    • EC Joyce 13 (14b 1x4)
    • PM Seelaar 1-0-6-0
    • PW Borren 1-0-6-0

Ahsan Malik, aka MAA Jamil, comes in again

9.1

Jamil to Porterfield, OUT, What have you done Porterfied! Three short of his fifty, the captain decides to go for a cross-batted heave after advancing down the pitch.. But that probably came slower than he anticipated, it slides under his bat and knocks the off stump back

WTS Porterfield b Jamil 47 (36m 32b 5x4 2x6) SR: 146.87

Andy Poynted is the new man

gert: "interesting that everyone wants somebody to progress to the next state, but to be quite honest, it should not be a two stage tournament anyway. They already qualified and now the associates have to qualify for a second time. This way they never really play against the big guns." ---- True Gert, we have hit our head on the walls a few times about this already

9.2

Jamil to Poynter, 1 run, length delivery on off, he takes a single down to long off

9.3

Jamil to Joyce, no run, allows the back of length delivery to come to him, defends it to cover

9.4

Jamil to Joyce, 1 run, slow off the pitch again, the batsman has to wait a bit before he whips it down to long on from outside off

Azeem: "Darn it Porterfield held the key. Zimbabwe probably celebrating harder than the Dutch now."

9.5

Jamil to Poynter, no run, this one is actually a slower delivery, the batsman plays his flick too early and gets hit high on the pad

sjrn: "Being a Pakistani living in Belfast,I must admit that even though a huge majority of them doesn't understand Cricket but even a farmer in a remote county doesn't forget to remind me of their win against us in 2007! "

9.6

Jamil to Poynter, no run, this could have been close! The batsman looks to push the slower offcutter to the off side, but gets an inside edge that lobs off his pads to the leg side.. Borren ran in, but couldn't quite make it in time

End of over 10 (2 runs) Ireland 71/2 (RR: 7.10)

    • AD Poynter 1 (3b)
    • EC Joyce 14 (16b 1x4)
    • MAA Jamil 2-0-17-1
    • PM Seelaar 1-0-6-0
10.1

Seelaar to Joyce, SIX, he comes down the pitch and gets a juicy high full toss, no problems in hammering that over deep square leg with a heavy swing of the bat

10.2

Seelaar to Joyce, 1 run, waits on the back foot and punches this flatter delivery to deep cover

10.3

Seelaar to Poynter, no run, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

10.4

Seelaar to Poynter, 1 run, tossed up and full, the batsman drives it straight down the pitch. The bowler doesn't stop it cleanly which allows a single. Possibly a chance too. That was in the air and had the bowler got down in time, it could have been curtains for Poynter

10.5

Seelaar to Joyce, no run, flatter and lower this time, the batsman pushes it straight to cover

10.6

Seelaar to Joyce, 1 run, comes down the pitch and takes the flighted delivery on the full, punches it to long on

End of over 11 (9 runs) Ireland 80/2 (RR: 7.27)

    • EC Joyce 22 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • AD Poynter 2 (5b)
    • PM Seelaar 2-0-15-0
    • MAA Jamil 2-0-17-1
11.1

Swart to Joyce, 1 run, flatter and quicker from Swart, the batsman pushes it through cover

11.2

Swart to Poynter, no run, this one is definitely a drop! the batsman punched this full delivery straight back at the bowler, that was hit hard and high and Swart is not able to hold on. The umpire was falling to his right to avoid that too

11.3

Swart to Poynter, 1 run

11.4

Swart to Joyce, 1 run, comes forward and punches this to deep cover for a single

11.5

Swart to Poynter, 1 run, full and flighted, the batsman flicks it to deep midwicket

11.6

Swart to Joyce, 1 run, almost in the blockhole, the batsman digs it out to long on

End of over 12 (5 runs) Ireland 85/2 (RR: 7.08)

    • EC Joyce 25 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • AD Poynter 4 (8b)
    • MR Swart 3-0-18-0
    • PM Seelaar 2-0-15-0
12.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Joyce, 2 runs, bowls it full and bowls it on off stump, the batsman punches it past the bowler's left.. That was not too far from the bowler

12.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Joyce, 1 run, short of length delivery, he pulls it to long on without much timing

John Kachere: "Gert: The associates need to qualify twice. Once on their own. The second time against the lower end Big Guns Zim and Bangladesh. They can not just play India... just like that."

12.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Poynter, OUT, that was too cheeky and a bit unnecessary! Joyce maybe gone here. The bowler tried to create room, the bowler followed him and hit his pads, the ball dropped close to the stumps. Can't see a run in that. But Joyce calls the striker anyway. The keeper does well to comes in and hit the stumps at close range

EC Joyce run out 28 (35m 25b 1x4 1x6) SR: 112.00

KOB comes in..

12.4

Mudassar Bukhari to O'Brien, 1 run, he punches the first ball down to long on to pick up his first runs

12.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Poynter, 1 wide, another single close to the stumps as the batsman chops the ball.. This time though the batsmen are quicker and make it through. The keeper fires a throw at the non-striker's end, but the batsmen were alert and take a single of the ricochet

12.5

Mudassar Bukhari to Poynter, 2 runs, on the pads, this one is flicked easily to fine leg for a single

12.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Poynter, 1 run

End of over 13 (8 runs) Ireland 93/3 (RR: 7.15)

    • AD Poynter 7 (11b)
    • KJ O'Brien 1 (1b)
    • Mudassar Bukhari 2-0-13-0
    • MR Swart 3-0-18-0

Borren comes in

Magic: "I think this is a fair-enough format for the associates to make a statement. While it is important they get more chances against the big guns, too much one-sided cricket will make the tournament not too impressive."

13.1

Borren to Poynter, SIX, poor first delivery, this is a full toss down the leg side and the batsman just helps it on its way, flicking it all the way to the boundary.. It hits the rope flush on the skirting

13.2

Borren to Poynter, 1 run, this one is on the pads too, pushed to deep square leg

13.3

Borren to O'Brien, FOUR, short ball on the middle and leg, poor again from Borren. He doesn't have the pace to scare anyone. The batsman just smacks it to deep backward square leg boundary

13.4

Borren to O'Brien, 1 run, on the pads, this is easily worked away to deep square leg for a single

13.5

Borren to Poynter, no run, a good slower delivery from the Borren, it beats the batsman's attempted heave

13.6

Borren to Poynter, 1 run, on the pads again, easily flicked fine on the leg side for a single

End of over 14 (13 runs) Ireland 106/3 (RR: 7.57)

    • AD Poynter 15 (15b 1x6)
    • KJ O'Brien 6 (3b 1x4)
    • PW Borren 2-0-19-0
    • Mudassar Bukhari 2-0-13-0
14.1

Mudassar Bukhari to Poynter, no run, it's on the pads and the batsman misses his flick. the ball grazes the pads on way to the keeper

14.2

Mudassar Bukhari to Poynter, FOUR, this was actually a very good delivery, a yorker outside off. The batsman though just squeezes it out towards off and beats the fielder at short third man

14.3

Mudassar Bukhari to Poynter, 1 run, moves to the off side and whips the length delivery down to fine leg

14.4

Mudassar Bukhari to O'Brien, SIX, that's in the arc and it's out of the park! Walloped over long on with utter ease..

14.5

Mudassar Bukhari to O'Brien, 1 run, a low full toss on off, the batsman digs it out towards cover for a single

14.6

Mudassar Bukhari to Poynter, 1 run, another good delivery, in the blockhole. The batsman pushes it to long on for a single

End of over 15 (13 runs) Ireland 119/3 (RR: 7.93)

    • AD Poynter 21 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • KJ O'Brien 13 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • Mudassar Bukhari 3-0-26-0
    • PW Borren 2-0-19-0

Swart comes in to bowl his last

15.1

Swart to Poynter, 1 run, he makes room and looks to heave it on the on side, but gets some inside edge behind square

15.2

Swart to O'Brien, 1 run, fuller and flatter, darted in towards the leg stump, the batsman punches it down to long on

15.3

Swart to Poynter, SIX, Poynter gets the length to get under! It's a half-volley and the batsman whacks it over deep midwicket for a big one

15.4

Swart to Poynter, SIX, make that two in two! Same ball, same shot! Poynter has enough muscle to smack these over and over again

15.5

Swart to Poynter, SIX, that's a hat-trick of sixes here! But this is the best of the lot. It's full outside off and Poynter plays an inside out drive that keeps defying gravity till it crosses the ropes

15.6

Swart to Poynter, 1 run, full on the pads, the batsman whips it to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 16 (21 runs) Ireland 140/3 (RR: 8.75)

    • AD Poynter 41 (24b 1x4 4x6)
    • KJ O'Brien 14 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • MR Swart 4-0-39-0
    • Mudassar Bukhari 3-0-26-0

Van der Gugten comes back..

Ben: "I agree with John. Allowing a situation where the minnows play and suffer heavy losses to India or Australia too early in their development might lead to humiliated cricketers that lose their passion and a despondent public. Instead of that, Nepal won a game. Look at the public response! "

16.1

van der Gugten to Poynter, FOUR, full toss on the pads, Poynted is rocketing towards his fifty..He whips it neatly into the gap at deep square leg. The fielder put in the dive, but the batsman could have frankly played it anywhere

16.2

van der Gugten to Poynter, FOUR, Poynter, Poynter! He gets another juicy full toss and picks his spot beautifully.. A boundary in the same area again..

16.3

van der Gugten to Poynter, 1 run, he gets to his half-century with a soft push to cover.. He has taken just 27 balls to get there, first one for him. What an effort this has been! Silent. Effective

16.4

van der Gugten to O'Brien, no run, he tries to launch this over cover but misses the length delivery completely

16.5

van der Gugten to O'Brien, 2 runs, a low full toss outside off, the batsman hits it to wide long-off from the toe of his bat, the lack of timing allowing them to come back for a second

16.6

van der Gugten to O'Brien, SIX, whoaaa! Now KOB joins in. vd Gugten commits the mistake of serving up a length delivery outside off and the batsman flexes his muscles, launching this up, up and away .. over extra cover for a huge hit

End of over 17 (17 runs) Ireland 157/3 (RR: 9.23)

    • KJ O'Brien 22 (9b 1x4 2x6)
    • AD Poynter 50 (27b 3x4 4x6)
    • T van der Gugten 3-0-32-1
    • MR Swart 4-0-39-0

Ahmar_Jami: "150 in 17 overs for Ireland. Does this mean Zimbabwe players are busy packing their lugguage????"

17.1

Jamil to Poynter, no run, this one doesn't get up much after pitching on length, slides under the batsman's swing

17.2

Jamil to Poynter, 1 run, comes down the pitch and punches the length delivery to long off

17.3

Jamil to O'Brien, 1 run, full toss on the pads, KOB flicks it straight to fine leg..

17.4

Jamil to Poynter, no run, dropped by the bowler! Well, this was a difficult chance high to his right! He beat the batsman with the slower delivery, and the batsman's slow shot beat the bowler's timing of the jump.. He got a hand but couldn't hold on

17.5

Jamil to Poynter, 1 run, fuller on off, the batsman digs it out to cover

17.6

Jamil to O'Brien, 1 run, comes down the pitch, but gets beaten as this cuts in to the batsman, hits him on the body.. Poynter calls for a quick single anyway

End of over 18 (4 runs) Ireland 161/3 (RR: 8.94)

    • KJ O'Brien 24 (11b 1x4 2x6)
    • AD Poynter 52 (31b 3x4 4x6)
    • MAA Jamil 3-0-21-1
    • T van der Gugten 3-0-32-1

Two to go.. this is already a huge total.. Van Beek comes in to bowl

18.1

van Beek to O'Brien, SIX, wow! how? This if a low full toss outside off and the batsman slices it over point.. all the way for a six.. how easy it can be

18.2

van Beek to O'Brien, SIX, this is not a driving range! But it doesn't matter for KOB, who murders a full toss way way over the long on boundary..

18.3

van Beek to O'Brien, 1 run, slower bouncer from the bowler, the batsman can only drag it as far as short fine leg

18.4

van Beek to Poynter, no run, finally a good yorker! It's wide outside off and skids under the bat

18.5

van Beek to Poynter, 1 run, full delivery on off, punched straight to extra cover

18.6

van Beek to O'Brien, FOUR, wonderful shot this one! KOB was making room by moving to the leg side, but the bowler delivery this full and wide outside off and he had to stretch to reach it. He not only manages to get some bat on it, gets enough to power it over point

Prashant: "So much for batting second and knowing the equation."

End of over 19 (18 runs) Ireland 179/3 (RR: 9.42)

    • KJ O'Brien 41 (15b 2x4 4x6)
    • AD Poynter 53 (33b 3x4 4x6)
    • LV van Beek 1-0-18-0
    • MAA Jamil 3-0-21-1
19.1

Jamil to Poynter, no run, he could have been run out twice! First the bowler misses the throw as Poynter gives up after taking a few steps down the pitch.. The keeper then gathers the throw and he too, misses.. Poynter can't believe his luck

19.2

Jamil to Poynter, 1 leg bye, a good offcutter from round the stumps, the batsman gets hit on the thigh pad but takes a single

19.3

Jamil to O'Brien, 1 run, he was standing way outside the leg stump! Takes the delivery on the full and punches it to deep midwicket

19.4

Jamil to Poynter, 4 leg byes, another good cutter! This one beats the batsman's waft towards leg side, but hit the thigh pad and is deflected fine to the off side.. a boundary again..

19.5

Jamil to Poynter, FOUR, another one! This brings up the century of the partnership as well! The batsman gets it off the middle as he whacks it to deep midwicket.. The fielder dives forward, but is not able to get under it.. It slides to the boundary

19.6

Jamil to Poynter, OUT, he looks for the same area at deep midwicket but holes out this time, taken easily by the fielder

AD Poynter c van Beek b Jamil 57 (46m 38b 4x4 4x6) SR: 150.00

But this is not what Netherlands were signing up for! That is too many runs. 190 is a tough enough total to chase in 20 overs, and Netherlands have to do it in 14.2 overs.... What a stirling innings by Poynter. And KOB, he is unbeaten on 42 off only 16. Will be back in ten for the chase

Ankit Arora: "Looking at the depth of batting that Ireland have and the way these two batsmen are thrashing Dutch bowlers, Ireland deserves to enter Super 10. They're going to be a major threat to group 1 teams."

Vipul: "Ireland have proven time and again, they are head and shoulders above other associate nations. With all three associate trophies with them, this team deserves matches against better opponents. "

ZCFOutkast: "I still believe in the Dutch. Probably not regretting that Cooper was smuggled in now. Do it for Zimbabwe!"

End of over 20 (10 runs) Ireland 189/4

    • KJ O'Brien 42 (16b 2x4 4x6)
    • MAA Jamil 4-0-26-2
    • LV van Beek 1-0-18-0
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WATCHESPN: 12th Match, First Round Group B: Ireland v Netherlands at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014
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