T20 WC: West Indies advance as rain plays spoilsport

chrisgayle-rcbColombo: West Indies got through to the Super Eight stage as the match was called off due to heavy rains, only 20 overs were bowled and Ireland who were put in to bat could only manage a below par 129 in their allotted quota of 19 overs. West Indies on the basis of their higher run-rate became the second team from Group B to qualify. Australia are already in the Super Eights winning both their encounter of the ICC T20 World Cup.

R Premdasa has seen a lot of rain in the past few days and having a full game was always difficult under the circumstances. Darren Sammy won the toss and decided to field keeping the weather in the mind. William Porterfield who got a golden duck against Australia got a peach of a delivery straight up which rattled his stumps.

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Ireland: 129/6 in 19 overs (Niall O’ Brien 25, Gayle 2-21)

Match Facts:

Ireland: Powerplay 35 runs, 2 wickets

Toss: West Indies

Match Abandoned


Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling than put up a small little partnership, with most of the runs coming behind the wicket and off the edges. Sammy than removed Stirling and Narine got Joyce. Ireland lost half their side before reaching 100. Niall O’Brien rotated the strike well in the middle order and took the Irish score close to the three figure mark before getting out on 25 of a Gayle yorker.

Ireland had a good finish to their innings, as their last three batsmen all hit a six each taking the score close to 130.

Rain started pouring down as soon as the innings got over, at one point it stopped and it looked that the spectators might get an opportunity to see some Gayle magic, but rain gods had different ideas. West Indies’ run rate of -1.8 took them over the line compared to Ireland’s run-rate of -2.


By Indian Sports News Network