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T20 World Cup: Ireland Reach Super 12s

Ireland Reach Super 12s: Paul Stirling’s 32-ball fifty helped Ireland beat the West Indies by nine wickets to book a place in the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup and eliminate the two-time champions. Ireland will play England in the second round if they finish second in their pool.

Ireland has qualified for the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup, knocking out two-time champions West Indies by nine wickets in Hobart.

Ireland is in the second round for the first time since 2009, with West Indies – winners of the tournament in 2012 and 2016 – exiting the first round for only the second time after a crushing defeat at Bellerive Oval.

Paul Stirling (66 not out off 48) and Ireland captain Andrew Balburnie (37 off 23 balls) put on an opening stand of 73 in just 7.3 overs as their side easily chased down the target of 147 runs with 15 balls to spare.

Stirling scored a 32-ball half-century during an unbeaten partnership of 77 off 61 balls for the second wicket.

Leg-spinner Gareth Delaney earlier did the job with the ball for Ireland, taking 3-16 in four overs as the West Indies were restricted to 146-5, with only Brendan King (62 in 48) playing continuous innings.

Ireland lost their opening match against Zimbabwe and was then struggling to chase their runs against Scotland – but they rallied to win the match before recording a famous victory against the West Indies, although the past Against a team without star names.

Ireland currently tops Group B but could drop to second on net run rate if the rain holds off and there is a winner between Scotland and Zimbabwe in Friday’s second shootout in Hobart.

Finishing second will see Ireland join England in the Super 12 pool, with the teams meeting at the MCG on Wednesday, October 26.

Delaney dismissed Eoin Lewis (13), West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran (13), and Rowman Powell (6) during his brilliant spell.

Seamer Mark Adair (0-26 from four overs) was also economical – although his last over was taken for 14 as West Indies plundered 34 from the last three overs.

Set on an achievable but still potentially difficult chase, Ireland put on a full flight, with Stirling and Balbirnie hitting a combined 11 boundaries – Balbirnie hitting three consecutive fours off Odin Smith in the fourth over – that Before the skipper hit the left-arm spinner. Aqeel Hussain indicate.

Smith was later denied Tucker’s wicket for overstepping.

‘It’s a really proud day to be Irish

Ireland captain, Andrew Balburnie: “It means everything. We had a really disappointing loss at this stage last year and thought a lot, a lot of things changed back home. Different personnel, a new coach, who The way we wanted to play. To beat two-time champions in a must-win game, I couldn’t be more proud. It’s a really proud day to be Irish.

“Once you put yourself in that situation, anything can happen. We’re happy. We just want to put ourselves up against the best teams in the world and who knows where that can take us. ?”

Player of the match, Gareth Delaney: “It’s obviously an incredible day for us. This time last year we were all sitting in the dressing room after it and it was probably one of the hardest days for all of us.

“So to cross the line today, the way we did, was amazing. It’s a dream come true and we’re excited about what we’re going to do in the next few weeks.”

Pooran: We let our fans down

West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran: “It’s a learning experience for all of us.

“We let our fans back home down and let ourselves down. It’s tough.

“We are definitely hurting. I am disappointed with the way I have performed. We have not batted well in this tournament and we did not today.

“Ireland batted brilliantly and bowled well.”

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