ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, 71st Match, Preliminary Final: Ireland v Namibia at Dubai (DSC), Mar 24, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - Preliminary final
Ireland won by 9 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)
Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
24 March 2012 (20-over match)

Stirling and Porterfield walk out to start the Ireland chase. They have chased down two targets this tournament without losing a wicket


Snyman to Porterfield, FOUR, and Ireland are away first ball with a confident pull over square leg for four


Snyman to Porterfield, FOUR, another one, they want to get this done with, on the front foot, lofted over extra cover, against the angle from around the stumps


Snyman to Porterfield, 1 run, length ball dabbed behind point for a single


Snyman to Stirling, no run, defended to cover from the crease, those two boundaries have given Ireland the upper hand straight away


Snyman to Stirling, FOUR, and here is a third, he checks his drive to one close to the blockhole, but the timing is so good that he ends up scooping it at great speed over mid on, hardly any followthrough, just a solid hard push


Snyman to Stirling, no run, played out on the leg side

End of over 1 (13 runs) Ireland 13/0 (82 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 13.00, RRR: 4.31)

    • PR Stirling 4 (3b 1x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 9 (3b 2x4)
    • G Snyman 1-0-13-0

Geldenhuys to Porterfield, no run, swinging away and pitching full close to off, squeezed out to cover


Geldenhuys to Porterfield, 1 run, full delivery whipped to a diving midwicket


Geldenhuys to Stirling, no run, moving in from a good length, he misses the slog and is hit on the pad, going down leg


Geldenhuys to Stirling, FOUR, swinging in full again, but he stays in the crease and drills it through the small gap between cover and backward point


Geldenhuys to Stirling, 1 run, has a go at this full delivery on the stumps, it swings in, takes the inside edge and rolls away on the leg side


Geldenhuys to Porterfield, FOUR, goes full again, but down the left-hander's pads and he cashes in with a neat flick behind square

End of over 2 (10 runs) Ireland 23/0 (72 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 11.50, RRR: 4.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 14 (6b 3x4)
    • PR Stirling 9 (6b 2x4)
    • HW Geldenhuys 1-0-10-0
    • G Snyman 1-0-13-0

Snyman to Stirling, 1 run, slowish back of a length ball, he drops it on to the leg side for a quick single


Snyman to Porterfield, no run, dabs a length ball behind point who goes flying to his right to stop it


Snyman to Porterfield, no run, slower one again, worked straight to square leg


Snyman to Porterfield, 1 run, charges out, it is a slower one again, so slow that he is able to stop, get down and paddle it wide of fine leg


Snyman to Stirling, 1 leg bye, off the pad towards square leg


Snyman to Porterfield, 1 run, slow delivery once again, pulled along the ground to fine leg

End of over 3 (4 runs) Ireland 27/0 (68 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 4.00)

    • WTS Porterfield 16 (10b 3x4)
    • PR Stirling 10 (8b 2x4)
    • G Snyman 2-0-16-0
    • HW Geldenhuys 1-0-10-0

Geldenhuys to Porterfield, 1 wide, moves down the leg side with the angle


Geldenhuys to Porterfield, FOUR, shortish ball sitting up, and it is pulled away instantly through square leg, deep square leg gets a hand to it with the dive and parries it away, but fine leg has overrun him and can't prevent the ball from touching the rope


Geldenhuys to Porterfield, no run, worked on the leg side


Geldenhuys to Porterfield, no run, swinging away full on off stump, pushed to mid off


Geldenhuys to Porterfield, 1 leg bye, that looked close, worth a shout anyway, Porterfield misses as he tries to pull one that does not get up much, is hit on the leg in front of middle and leg, that looked gone


Geldenhuys to Stirling, FOUR, whoa, this is some batting, plonks front foot out and just scythes it past a helpless mid off


Geldenhuys to Stirling, FOUR, now he makes room outside leg and slashes hard over backward point, into the third man boundary, Ireland running away to the World Twenty20

End of over 4 (14 runs) Ireland 41/0 (54 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.25, RRR: 3.37)

    • PR Stirling 18 (10b 4x4)
    • WTS Porterfield 20 (14b 4x4)
    • HW Geldenhuys 2-0-23-0
    • G Snyman 2-0-16-0

Klazinga to Porterfield, no run, hit on the pad outside leg as he tries to work on the leg side


Klazinga to Porterfield, OUT, he is gone this time, Namibia have something to smile about, Porterfield has flicked in the air towards midwicket who has gone down to his left to hold on to a very sharp chance

WTS Porterfield c Burger b Klazinga 20 (16b 4x4 0x6) SR: 125.00


Klazinga to Joyce, 1 run, length ball pushed down to long on


Klazinga to Stirling, FOUR, this is too easy, full and down the pads, he flicks it well wide of short fine leg


Klazinga to Stirling, FOUR, take that, Stirling could well be having a nets session, stays in the crease to a pitched up ball and lifts it over extra cover without any trouble at all


Klazinga to Stirling, 1 run, down to long on

End of over 5 (10 runs) Ireland 51/1 (44 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.20, RRR: 2.93)

    • PR Stirling 27 (13b 6x4)
    • EC Joyce 1 (1b)
    • L Klazinga 1-0-10-1
    • HW Geldenhuys 2-0-23-0

van der Westhuizen to Stirling, no run, leading edge as he tries to work on the leg side, falls short of the bowler


van der Westhuizen to Stirling, SIX, poor delivery, full and down leg, and he has paid for it, Stirling goes down on his knees and forcefully sweeps it flat and over the deep backward square boundary


van der Westhuizen to Stirling, 1 wide, tries to repeat the shot again, misses


van der Westhuizen to Stirling, no run, pushed towards the bowler who parries it to extra cover with a dive


van der Westhuizen to Stirling, 1 run, helpful bowling this, full toss down the pads, swung down to deep square


van der Westhuizen to Joyce, 2 runs, worked away in the air wide of deep midwicket


van der Westhuizen to Joyce, FOUR, lovely stroke, leans forward and times the ball through the packed off side field

End of over 6 (14 runs) Ireland 65/1 (30 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.83, RRR: 2.14)

    • EC Joyce 7 (3b 1x4)
    • PR Stirling 34 (17b 6x4 1x6)
    • LP van der Westhuizen 1-0-14-0
    • L Klazinga 1-0-10-1

Burger to Stirling, no run, rolls away off the pad close to the pitch on the leg side


Burger to Stirling, no run, worked in the air but on a couple of bounces to midwicket


Burger to Stirling, 2 runs, leading edge almost carried to a diving point, he fell forward but it went through, good attempt


Burger to Stirling, 1 run, tries to mow it away out of sight, mistimed off the inside edge to deep square leg


Burger to Joyce, 1 run, pushed in the air past the non-striker to long off


Burger to Stirling, 1 run, walks across and softly pushes from outside off on to the leg side

End of over 7 (5 runs) Ireland 70/1 (25 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 1.92)

    • PR Stirling 38 (22b 6x4 1x6)
    • EC Joyce 8 (4b 1x4)
    • SF Burger 1-0-5-0
    • LP van der Westhuizen 1-0-14-0

van Schoor to Stirling, 1 run, pushed in the air but falls short of long off


van Schoor to Joyce, 1 run, length ball hit down to long on

Ireland have been hardly tested today, what a dominating performance


van Schoor to Stirling, FOUR, and another four, Stirling makes some room and slaps this one through cover off the back foot


van Schoor to Stirling, 3 runs, and again, slightly mistimes this, forced away through cover, it is pulled back just inside the rope


van Schoor to Joyce, 1 run, on the pads, worked down to long on


van Schoor to Stirling, FOUR, this is a no-contest, fifty for Paul Stirling, width outside off, he stands in the crease and thrashes it past point, it was in the air, it was also very powerfully struck

End of over 8 (14 runs) Ireland 84/1 (11 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 10.50, RRR: 0.91)

    • PR Stirling 50 (26b 8x4 1x6)
    • EC Joyce 10 (6b 1x4)
    • R van Schoor 1-0-14-0
    • SF Burger 1-0-5-0

Burger to Joyce, no run, full ball nudged to midwicket


Burger to Joyce, no run, worked from around middle to midwicket


Burger to Joyce, 1 run, inside edge towards square leg as he looks to drive on the off side


Burger to Stirling, 1 wide, wide one well down the leg side


Burger to Stirling, no run, moves forward to a slower one and pushes to cover


Burger to Stirling, 2 runs, walks across and work wide of deep midwicket for a couple


Burger to Stirling, 1 run, would have been a wide had he not swatted it straight to short fine leg, who then concedes an overthrow

End of over 9 (5 runs) Ireland 89/1 (6 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.88, RRR: 0.54)

    • PR Stirling 53 (29b 8x4 1x6)
    • EC Joyce 11 (9b 1x4)
    • SF Burger 2-0-10-0
    • R van Schoor 1-0-14-0

Satyansh: "I've been a great fan of ireland ever since their win over england.. Afganistan and ireland are sure to present some surprises this time as well.. Go IRISH..!"


van der Westhuizen to Stirling, 1 run, nudged from middle to square leg


van der Westhuizen to Joyce, no run, slaps a full ball to cover from the crease


van der Westhuizen to Joyce, no run, steps out and pushes to cover again


van der Westhuizen to Joyce, 1 run, whips a full delivery down to long on


van der Westhuizen to Stirling, 1 run, nudges a flighted one behind square leg


van der Westhuizen to Joyce, no run, pushed in the air to the bowler off the back foot

End of over 10 (3 runs) Ireland 92/1 (3 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.20, RRR: 0.30)

    • EC Joyce 12 (13b 1x4)
    • PR Stirling 55 (31b 8x4 1x6)
    • LP van der Westhuizen 2-0-17-0
    • SF Burger 2-0-10-0

Opperman to Stirling, FOUR, Stirling ends it in style, goes down to reverse sweep a full delivery between backward point and short third man, immediately punches the air, raises his bat towards the dressing room

That is it from us for this game then. Cheers

Sorensen is Man of the Match for his spell of 4-2-8-2. Sorensen: "We stuck to our game plan, bowled with great intensity, batters came out and did the job. I came with a mindset that it was going to be tough, tried to hit my areas, was under a bit of cosh against Canada, skipper was clear what he wanted to do, I did just that. The pitch had a lot more pace today compared to the one we played on yesterday but it was very flat."

William Porterfield: "We have been clinical last couple of games. It was nipping around there a bit [on the decision not to use left-arm spinner Dockrell]. Makes it a lot easier when Stirling is striking it at over 200. We had to come through the hard way through the group stage, stepped up during the big stages, thanks to all our supporters."

Sarel Burger: "They bowled outstandingly, and played well throughout. We lost a couple of early wickets and could not recover. This tournament was a great experience and gave the guys an opportunity to do well."

Stirling and Joyce embrace in the middle, Ireland are through to the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September. Ireland are a quietly satisfied lot, like a side who have only done what they expected they would do comfortably. They had lost by four runs to Namibia in the group stage, but when the big game came, they just blew their opponents away. Ireland will now meet Afghanistan in the final later this evening at 6 pm local time.

Shearo: "Great to see the lads so convincingly qualify for the World T20... Bring it on!"

Riaz: "Let's enjoy the bowling of Afghanistan vs batting of Ireland tonight!"

Dinesh: "Two good upcoming teams qualify for the World T20 event. I've great respect for both these teams. Looking forward for World T20 this September."






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Hours of play (local time) 14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.20, Interval 15.20-15.40, Second Session 15.40-17.00

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