Ireland, Netherlands out of World T20
DHARAMSALA, India (AP):
Ireland and the Netherlands were knocked out of the World Twenty20 as rain forced abandonment of their second games in Group A yesterday.
Ireland's match against Bangladesh lasted only eight overs while not a single delivery could be bowled in the Netherlands' game against Oman.
Both Ireland and the Netherlands had one point after two games each, leaving Bangladesh and Oman to fight it out for a place in the Super 10s with three points each after two games.
Electing to field, Ireland failed to restrict Bangladesh as the group favourites reached 94-2 in eight overs after the game was reduced to 12 overs per side owing to a rain delay.
Opener Tamim Iqbal bludgeoned a 26-ball 47 with three fours and four sixes and added 61 runs with Soumya Sarkar for the opening wicket but the rain returned to stop the game once again.
Iqbal lofted the ball with ease while also playing some fine pull and sweep shots to frustrate the Ireland bowlers in his short stay in the middle.
Bangladesh's final game against Oman tomorrow will decide who joins India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand in Group Two of the next stage.
Oman pulled off a surprise two-wicket win over Ireland in their first game.