Bad weather ends Ireland’s World Twenty20 hopes

Ireland are out of the ICC World Twenty20 after heavy rain prevented a result in their match against Bangladesh in Dharamsala.

Bad weather ends Ireland’s World Twenty20 hopes

The bad weather relented temporarily to allow William Porterfield’s team to start a contest already reduced to 12 overs per side.

But after in-form Tamim Iqbal powered Bangladesh to 94 for two in only eight of those overs, rain and lightning returned.

Ireland have therefore paid a heavy price for Wednesday’s shock defeat to Oman, and can no longer qualify for the Super 10 stage against Test-playing nations — irrespective of the outcome of their final Group game with Holland.

In what play was possible against Bangladesh, Ireland caught and fielded moderately in awkward conditions after Porterfield won the toss.

But following an opening stand of 61 in under five overs, Andy McBrine had Soumya Sarkar stumped with one that turned.

Then Tamim, who hit four sixes and three fours in his 47 from 26 balls, chipped a simple catch to midwicket off George Dockrell.

Within seconds of his dismissal, though, the rain began falling again — and with no resumption this time, Ireland and Holland will therefore be playing only for pride back at the same venue on Sunday.

Bangladesh and Oman’s group decider will follow that match.

Porterfield reflected on the consequences of Ireland’s unexpected setback two days earlier.

“The loss against Oman is even harder to take when the rain interrupts here,” he told Sky Sports 2.

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