Ireland Book Berth For The 2020 World T20
Ireland became the second team after Papua New Guinea to qualify for the next 2020 World T20 set to be hosted by Australia. The Irish team went on to win four out of the six matches in Group B of the ongoing T20 Qualifiers to earn direct qualification for the mega event.
Oman also finished with four wins out of the six matches but Ireland had a better Net Run Rate. Oman required 20 runs off the last over against Jersey but they could only manage five runs and lost by 14 runs.
Ireland would like to continue their good form going.
On the other hand, the USA had to defeat Canada by a mammoth margin for Ireland to not qualify. But it wasn’t to be the case.
Meanwhile, Oman, Hong Kong, and UAE have secured playoff berths from Group B. On the other side, the Netherlands, Namibia, and Scotland booked playoff places from Group A. Four out of these six teams still have a chance to qualify for the next year World T20 in Australia.
Ireland had convincingly beaten Nigeria by eight wickets on 26th October which helped them boost their Net Run Rate. In fact, the Men in Green had won with 13.5 overs to spare.
Nigeria was restricted to a paltry score of 66-9 in their allotted 20 overs and it was always going to be a cakewalk for Ireland. Craig Young was the pick of the Irish bowlers as he scalped four wickets and conceded only 13 runs in his quota of four overs. Thus, he was awarded the Man of the match.
Mark Adair also snared two wickets and gave away only 10 runs in his allotted four overs. In fact, no Nigerian batsman could go past 20 runs and there were only two two-digit scores.
Kevin O’Brien scored 32 runs off just 17 balls to help chase his team chase the target with ease.