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Ireland becomes second washout casualty

Wisden India logo Wisden India 11-03-2016

The weather gods in Dharamsala had the final say for the second time on Friday (March 11), knocking Ireland out of the World Twenty20 after their game against Bangladesh was abandoned.

The match was reduced to 12 overs a side but only eight overs of the first innings were possible when rain returned to put an end to proceedings and Ireland’s chances. By then, Bangladesh had raced to 94 for 2 after being put in to bat.

The non-result means Bangladesh’s clash against Oman on Sunday will be a direct knockout, while the Netherlands-Ireland match will be a dead rubber.

In the little period of play that was possible, Tamim Iqbal’s whirlwind 26-ball 47 brightened up an otherwise gloomy day at the HPCA stadium. He had said on Wednesday that he was making a conscious effort to take things slow but there was no time for that.

He set the tone in the second over, taking Boyd Rankin for a six and a four and repeated the same against Tim Murtagh in the next over. He never looked back, toying around with the bowling before being dismissed off what was the last ball of the game. The match was officially called off at 10:26 pm.

Ireland looked dazed – perhaps a carry-over of the shock loss to Oman – and were sloppy on the field. Soumya Sarkar was dropped twice – once each by Andy McBrine and Rankin – while Niall O’Brien missed an easy stumping chance to give Tamim a reprieve. There were also plenty of misfields and an overthrow.

Bangladesh had made two changes to the side that defeated Netherlands by eight runs, bringing in Mithun Ali and Abu Hider for Nasir Hossain and Arafat Sunny. Ireland made one change too, bringing in George Dockrell for Craig Young.

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands-Oman game was called off without a ball being bowled.

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