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Ireland secure easy win against Netherlands

Photo: ESPNcricinfo Photo: ESPNcricinfo

Ireland got the better of the Netherlands in the Group-A opener beating them by 7 wickets with 29 balls in hand. 

This game was nowhere near the mouthwatering one as the previous ones between these two, especially the one in 2014.

Chasing a measly target of 107, Ireland didn’t face any difficulties, thanks to a 59 runs partnership between Paul Stirling (30 off 39) and Gareth Delaney(44 off 29). Brandon Glover, Pieter Seelar and Fred Klassen took 1 wicket each for the dutch.

Earlier, Netherlands won the toss and decided to bat first but couldn’t do justice to their decision. Nobody could step up for them except opener Max O’Dowd with his 51(47). Pieter Seelar’s 21(29) was the only other innings worth mentioning. 

Ireland bowlers were brilliant on the other hand. Curtis Campher, who took 4 wickets in 4 deliveries-- becoming the 3rd in T20I and first in T20 World Cup history to do so, did the real damage. 

Mark Adair with 3 for only 9 runs and Joshua Little (4-0-14-1, most economic bowling for Ireland in T20Is) were also impressive.

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