Live updates from the 12th match of 2014 ICC World Twenty20, between Ireland and the Netherlands being played at Sylhet Stadium, Sylhet.
Zee Media Bureau
Over 20 || Score 189/4
In a much win game, A 101-run fourth wicket partnership between Andrew Poynter and Kevin O'Brien set up a big total for Ireland.
The pair scored 70 runs in the last five overs. Poynter departed in the last ball, trying to clear midwicket boundary, where Timm van Beek took the catch.
Kevin O'Brien was left stranded on 41 from 15 balls, which included four sixes and two fours.
For the Netherlands, Ahsan Malik took wicket conceding 26 runs.
Over 18 || Score 161/3
This has been a superior batting display by the Irish team. Unlike other Associate teams, Irish batsmen can find the boundary at will and at the same time, can control their urge to make quick runs. This has been the difference between these teams.
With Poynter in the centre is Vevin O'Brien, on 24 from 11 balls with two sixes and one four.
50 for Andrew Poynter.
The Middlesex batsman reached his fifty – hist first in T20s, with a single towards cover off Timm van der Gugten (16.3 overs). Two balls earlier, he creamed the bowler with two successive boundaries.
Over 16 || Score 140/3
Andrew Poynter is showing true meat here. Three consecutive sixes for the Irish middle-order bat and suddenly the score reads 140.
The 25-year-old burly batsman has quickly reached 40s from 24 odd balls.
Over 12.3 || Score 88/3
Awful way to get out.
The Dutch wicketkeeper effected the run out to get rid of experience Ed Joyce.
The Mudassar Bukhari delivery followed the batsman, who was trying to get some room for stroke-play, and hit the pads. The ball dropped too close to the stumps, but Ed thought there was a run.
It proved suicidal.
Ed Joyce run out 28 (25b)
Over 12 || Score 85/2
The experience Ed Joyce is utilising all his skills in keeping the Ireland innings tick. The innings run-rate is at a healthy seven an over.
For the Dutch, as many as seven bowlers have tried their stock but only Timm van der Gugten and Ahsan Malik have tasted success.
Over 9.1 || Score 69/2
Malik strikes gold at Sylhet.
Ireland skipper, who was batting so beautifully and showing intimidation, played an awfully derisive shot.
Poterfield came down and tried playing a cross-batted shot only to find his stumps disturbed.
William Porterfield b Ahsan Malik 47 (32b)
Over 6.3 || Score 50/1
50 up for Ireland. It took only 38 balls.That's some start from the Irish top-order.
In one Ahsan Malik over, Poterfield creamed for 15 runs. It seemed selectively targeting the medium fast bowler, as other bolwers have managed to contain the batting onslaught.
Chances also came. Ahsan Malick failed to hold on to a Ed Joyce teaser at long on two balls earlier off Tom Cooper.
Over 5 || Score 43/1
Despite the fall of Stirling's wicket, Ireland are placed better. Their run-rate, at the end of first five overs, is over eight. With lot more hard-hitting batsmen to come in, they can hope to post a relatively higher score.
By the way, Poterfield is on song. Has reached 35 off just 18 balls. Chigumbura, where are you...
Over 3.2 || Score 28/1
Paul Stirling chased a widish delivery only to get a thick edge. At point, Netherlands skipper Peter Borren took the resultant catch.
Paul Stirling c Peter Borren b Timm van der Gugten 7 (9b)
Over 3 || Score 27/0
Superb start from the Irish openers, especially their skipper William Porterfield.
In the first three overs, they have posted 27 runs without any loss of wicket. Potterfield, on 20 from 10 balls with one six and two fours, is with Paul Stirling, on seven from eight balls.
Toss: Netherlands have won the toss and invited Ireland to bat first.
Here are the teams:
Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Andrew Poynter, Gary Wilson (wk), Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Thompson, Alex Cusack, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, George Dockrell
Netherlands: Stephan Myburgh, Michael Swart, Wesley Barresi (wk), Tom Cooper, Ben Cooper, Peter Borren (c), Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Timm van der Gugten, Pieter Seelaar, Ahsan Malik
Sylhet: After that Elton Chigumbura show earlier today, the final match of the group stage will witness Ireland taking on fellow Associate team, the Netherlands for a spot in the Super 10.
Now, it`s a do-or-die for the Irish team following Zimbabwe`s convincing win over UAE. A win over the Dutch will make Ireland group topper. If Ireland lose, the 10th team for the next stage will be decided on net run-rate between two table toppers – Ireland and Zimbabwe.