Dutch beat Ireland in six-over shoot-out

Dharamsala—Paul van Meekeren claimed four wickets as Netherlands left the World Twenty20 with some pride by beating Ireland in a shortened contest.
Netherlands bowed out of the World Twenty20 with a 12-run win over Ireland in a six-over shoot-out following a rain-delayed start in Dharamsala on Sunday.
After rain forced a no result between Bangladesh and Ireland and the abandonment of Netherlands versus Oman on Friday, the weather was again a factor in the Group A dead rubber.
It is credit to the ground staff that a match was held at all as the heavens opened and caused a delay of over three hours.
When the action did begin, Netherlands were put into bat and Stephan Myburgh smashed an 18-ball 27 to help his side to 59-5, Ireland spinner George Dockrell (3-7) doing his part to stifle their attack.
Ireland initially stayed up with the run-rate, but the loss of Kevin O’Brien (0) and Paul Stirling (15) in consecutive balls to Paul van Meekeren (4-11) in the third over slowed them down.
From there, Ireland fell apart as Roelof van der Merwe (2-3) claiming a couple of wickets, before Van Meekeren accounted for Max Sorensen (9) and Dockrell (0) in the final over as Ireland posted 47-7 in reply.—AFP

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