Ireland Knocks Two-Time Champion West Indies Out, Scotland Knocked Out by Zimbabwe

Veteran opener Paul Stirling slammed an unbeaten 66 as Ireland made the T20 world cup Super 12 on October 21, 2022 and sent two-time champions West Indies crashing out in a stunning upset.Scotland miss out on Super 12s after defeat to Zimbabwe

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Disciplined bowling restricted the Caribbean side to 146-5, with Gareth Delany taking a career-best 3-16 before the Irish romped to their target for the loss of just one wicket with 15 balls to spare in Hobart.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, West Indies could reach only 146 for five, with Brandon King scoring an unbeaten 62. Ireland’s spinners played their part with Gareth Delany taking three for 16 and Sami Singh one for 11 from his two overs. Odean Smith added a rapid 19 late in the innings, but the 147 targets always looked modest.

This means everything to us. We were so disappointed to miss out at this stage last year,” the Ireland captain, Balbirnie, said afterward. 

The West Indies captain, Nicholas Pooran, said: “It’s definitely hurting. I’m disappointed in myself and how it has gone but we will live to fight another day. I want to say congratulations to Ireland, they batted and bowled fantastically today. This is a learning experience for us.

Electing to bat in the second match, Scotland managed 132 for six with opener George Munsey top-scoring with 54.

Zimbabwe’s chase was not without hiccups but Craig Ervine produced a captain’s knock of 54 and Sikandar Raza smashed a breezy 40 as they overwhelmed the target with nine balls to spare.

It’s satisfying and humbling and emotional as well,” player-of-the-match Raza, who also took a stunning catch and claimed a wicket, said.

Zimbabwe joins India, Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage. Ireland faces England, New Zealand, Australia, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka in Group 1.

Written by Istafa Ali


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