Windies, rain knock Ireland out
The West Indies qualified for the Super Eight section of the ICC World Twenty20 after their match against Ireland ended as a no-result after heavy rain at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
Full Scorecard: Ireland v West Indies
Ireland posted 129 for six after the match had been reduced to 19-overs per side after a rain delay during their innings.
However, the rain returned during the dinner break and no further play was possible.
The West Indies and Ireland had both lost their respective opening matches of the tournament, against Australia, but West Indies went through to the next stage of the competition due to their superior net run-rate.
The West Indies had won the toss and elected to field and Ireland, as they did in their last match against Australia, lost their first wicket off the first ball of the innings when William Porterfield (0) was bowled by paceman Fidel Edwards.
Seven Ireland batsmen reached double figures but they failed to build on their starts with the best score of the innings being just 25.
A lengthy rain delay then meant that the match was reduced to a 19-over per-innings match and when play did get underway Ireland lasted just three balls before off-spinner Sunil Narine bowled Ed Joyce (17).
The dismissal broke a 33-run second-wicket partnership that Joyce had shared with Paul Stirling (19) who departed in the next over when he spliced a delivery from seamer Darren Sammy to Chris Gayle at midwicket.
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Narine held the upper hand over the batsmen with his mix of traditional off-breaks and leg-spinners causing conniptions amongst Ireland’s batting line-up and he ended with the deserved figures of 1-21 off four overs.
Gary Wilson did his best to keep Ireland afloat with 21 off 22 balls but when he edged a delivery from off-spinner Chris Gayle though to keeper Denesh Ramdin Ireland had sunk to 70 for four.
Niall O’Brien weighed in with 25 before he was bowled by a yorker from Gayle.
Gayle ended with 2-21 off three overs while seamer Ravi Rampaul was economical as he claimed 1-20 off four overs.
IRELAND: WTS Porterfield (capt), PR Stirling, EC Joyce, NJ O'Brien, GC Wilson (wk), KJ O'Brien, DT Johnston, AR Cusack, MC Sorensen, GH Dockrell, NG Jones
WEST INDIES: CH Gayle, J Charles, DM Bravo, MN Samuels, KA Pollard, AD Russell, DJG Sammy (capt), D Ramdin (wk), SP Narine, R Rampaul, FH Edwards