tossed up full on the stumps and nurdled to leg, that'll do it - Ireland win by seven wickets, with almost five overs to spare. Curtis Campher follows up his four-in-four-balls with the winning runs, decent day's work from him
2.10pm: Time for a word from the captains, starting with Pieter Seelaar: "Obviously not the best Powerplay, although the wicket wasn't the flattest, and then one freak over changed the whole game around. [O'Dowd] He looked very good, and we showed a bit of fight. Defending 105 isn't going to be enough. Some balls kept a bit low, if we'd got to 150-160 it could have been a good game but if you lose four in one over you're always struggling. Can't dwell on it, Namibia in a day's time so we have to regroup quickly, turn around and win the next one."
And Ireland's Andy Balbirnie: "We mentioned before the game that they've had one over on us in T20 cricket, so to lose the toss, bowl first and put in that performance was really satisfying. To chase it comfortably, we're delighted. [Bowling plans] Just accuracy, slow wicket, not too much sideways movement, just attack the stumps as much as possible. Obviously Curtis' four-wicket over he did exactly that. We've had a slow but good build-up, I think we're peaking at the right time. [Chase?] Really good, Paul set up shop and saw us home, Gareth played the innings we wanted, coming in and hitting it from ball one. Kevin played well up top and got us that 20-30 we needed to settle the nerves. A comprehensive win, so we're delighted."
Right, that'll do us for today. Deiva's match report will be in shortly, and then you'll want to head over for all the build-up to Sri Lanka vs Namibia - could we have another shock result in store? Let's hope it's a good one, either way. From myself, PDP and Thilak, it's TTFN. Bye!
2pm: That was pretty comprehensive. Ireland arguably came into this as the underdogs, given their record in T20I against Netherlands, but the youngsters fired and Andy Balbirnie's side have made the perfect start to Group A. The Dutch doubled over in the 10th over of their innings, losing 4 for 0 to Campher's skiddy mediums and never had enough on the board despite Max O'Dowd's 51. Ireland might have got the job done quicker, but Paul Stirling was intent on seeing the the innings through come what may, allowing Gareth Delany to do the bulk of the boundary-scoring on the way to a comfortable win
Curtis Campher, wouldn't you know it, is named Player of the Match: [First wicket review?] "I knew there was glove, I heard a sound. [Third wicket review?] I thought it was dead, definitely hitting leg stump. I didn't feel the best, coming back from injury, just kept trying to bang the length. First over didn't go as planned but Bal kept faith with me. Any day I don't bat is a good day but to knock off 10 runs when I walk in is nice."
Seelaar and van der Merwe have a chat, dragging this out a bit longer
pumped down the ground! Stirling remembers what he's there for and unceremoniously bashes four back through mid-off. Only his second boundary of the innings, levels the scores
Stirling's strike rate dips below 70...
another good-length ball, blocked on off stump
length, 133kph/82mph, Stirling steps out early and taps it away
tucked into the leg side
short and pulled in front of deep square leg, Ackermann can't get around the rope to cut it off. Ireland raise three figures, they are almost there
full length on off, dug out back towards the bowler
Logan van Beek now, just 10 needed
floated up full and again Stirling is happy to tap it back
"Will Ireland symbolically try and get this within 13.5 overs…. Same as 7 years ago?" That would have been some sweet rewenge, Andrew. But Stirling's not in a hurry
tossed up full on middle and leg, defended
darted on the stumps, Stirling blocks
tough straighter, flighted delivery and Campher gets off the mark with a sweep
length ball on off, prodded away
tossed up and stroked through the off side
Rockin' Roela is back
"11.4 Delany passes 500 T20I runs." So he did, MW. He's looking in decent form
lobbed up from round the wicket, prodded calmly to cover
Curtis Campher is out next, Ireland need 12 to win. Two hits?
bowled on the charge! Seelaar yorks Delany as he attempts to come down and finish this quickly... the ball skids into off stump but it's small consolation for the Netherlands captain, with the goose almost cooked
boom goes the dynamite! Seelaar is attempting to turn the ball away from the right-hander, but can't avoid Delany's hitting arc. Gets low and mullers it over long-on for an 86m six
bit more air, wide of off stump and Delany slaps to extra cover
full and straight at 94kph, nurdled to leg
lobbed up outside off, swiped through the covers
Another over for Seelaar
Adam hamdule: "Ireland is no more associate nation right?" Yeh boi, Full Memberz, innit
shortish outside off, Delany whips the hands through an uppish cut to the cover sweeper
|Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|Toss||Netherlands, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 1312|
|Match days||18 October 2021 - day (20-over match)|
|Points||Ireland 2, Netherlands 0|