By Lee Dolbear
- Ireland and The Netherlands out
- Rain seals their fate
- Oman and Bangladesh head for a deciding showdown
DHARAMSALA, INDIA – Rain sends Ireland packing as their World Twenty20 hopes get washed away.
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It was honours even in Fridays opening game between Oman and The Netherlands in Dharamsala not because of a tie but because of the relentless rain that forced an abandonment without a ball being bowled.
Oman won the toss and decided to field with the gloomy conditions overhead and possibly more rain around. Unfortunately that possibility soon became reality and after the cut off time was passed the game was in the scorers book with the status ‘Match Abandoned’
It was only the second time a game in World Twenty20 history had been called off without any action, the former was in the inaugural tournament in Durban, South Africa where India and Scotland were due to take the field in 2007.
The weather cleared sufficiently enough to let a reduced 12 overs a side game get underway between Ireland and Bangladesh, with Ireland winning the toss and like Oman they decided to field. Bangladesh came out all guns blazing slamming 94 off 8 overs before the ever intrusive rain started again, within the next half hour the rain continued and another abandonment was called, dumping both Ireland and The Netherlands out of the tournament.
Ireland will rue their opening game against Oman and lessons must be learned. The Netherlands were beaten by the group favourites Bangladesh and now with a showdown versus Oman in the group qualifying ‘cup final’ on Sunday, it promises to be a nail biter for cricket fans around the world.
On Saturday we head back to Nagpur for the wooden spoon game of Scotland v Hong Kong, following the mouthwatering Zimbabwe/Afghanistan game with the winner joining Sri Lanka, England, South Africa and the West Indies in the Super 10’s.
It’s too close to call, but the prize for the end result in Group B will be huge.