Wednesday, November 30, 2022

T20 WC: Ireland eliminate West Indies; Zimbabwe in Super 12

Paul Stirling smashed a glittering half-century as Ireland eliminated two-time champions West Indies from the T20 World Cup and advanced to the Super 12 phase with a nine-wicket thrashing in Hobart on Friday.
The burly redhead’s unbeaten 66 from 48 balls helped Ireland mow down a modest total of 146/5 with 15 balls to spare on a cloudy afternoon at Bellerive Oval.
Brandon King scored an unbeaten 62 for the West Indies but had little support as the Caribbeans made their earliest exit from the global showpiece since the inaugural 2007 tournament in South Africa.
Zimbabwe also sailed into the Super 12 for the first time, topping Group B after their five-wicket victory against Scotland.
In the first match, Ireland all-rounder Gareth Delany sucked the wind out of the West Indies’ batsmen, capturing 3/16 with his legspin in the later middle overs.
The West Indies knew their total was below par but were powerless to defend it as Stirling and captain Andy Balbirnie stormed to a 73-run opening partnership before Balbirnie was caught cutting for 37.
It is only the second time Ireland have made the second round of the T20 tournament since the last time in England in 2009.
After losing their opener to Zimbabwe, Ireland produced a brilliant chase to beat Scotland on Wednesday and were virtually flawless against the West Indies.
Electing to bat in the second match, Scotland managed 132/6 with opener George Munsey topscoring with 54.
Zimbabwe’s chase was not without hiccups, but Craig Ervine produced a captain’s knock of 54 and Sikander Raza smashed a breezy 40 as they overwhelmed the target with nine balls to spare.

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