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    Ireland vs Netherlands, 1st Semi-Final

    ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019 | 1st Semi-Final | Friday 1st November | 10:10
     Match Ended
    Ireland
    137/9 (20.0) RR:6.85
    Netherlands
    158/4 (20.0) RR:7.9
    • Commentary
    • Scorecard
    • Match Info
    • NetherlandsNED
    • IrelandIRE

    So, that is it from this game. However, action does not stop as the second semi-final will be taking place tonight itself as Papua New Guinea take on Namibia. Join us for that match as the winner between Papua New Guinea and Namibia will face Netherlands in the final. The match starts at 1930 Local (1530 GMT). Till then, cheers and take care!

    Pieter Seelaar, the Dutch skipper, says that he is a happy skipper. On Ryan ten Doeschate's batting, Seelaar says that they look to be flexible. Says that Ryan can play in any situation and with van der Merwe lower down the order, they are superb and things become easy for his side. On their bowling, Seelaar says that the bowlers were excellent. On his captaincy, the Dutch skipper says that they do not have any set formula but they go with the situation.

    Ireland skipper, Gary Wilson, says that after winning the toss, they were disappointed as they allowed the Netherlands to score a big total. Adds that the Netherlands were excellent throughout the game and feels they deserve to be in the finals of this tournament. Believes that they were positive about chasing the total down but felt that they conceded about 20 runs extra. Mentions that playing in the heat of UAE has been tough.

    Roelof van der Merwe has been given the Man of the Match award for his all-around performance. On his batting, Roelof says that there was bounce on the wicket early on and batting wasn't that easy. Mentions that batting with someone as experienced as Ryan ten Doeschate is fun. Adds the bowlers tried to hit the length hard and that helped them. Furthers says that he is elated to be playing the finals of the tournament.

    Earlier in the day, Netherlands got to an above par total of 158 runs on a surface which was not too good for batting. Ryan ten Doeschate was the aggressor-in-chief as he along with van der Merwe scored 56 runs in the final 5 overs. Rankin was the pick of the bowlers but the end of the Dutch innings proved pivotal in the context of the match.

    As for the Netherlands bowlers, Roelof van der Merwe and Pieter Seelaar were the pick. The skipper led the way as he took 3 wickets and stopped the momentum in the middle overs after a good start. Van der Merwe dismissed the openers off consecutive balls and that proved to be the crucial point of the game. Fred Klaasen also bowled well as he picked up a couple of wickets.

    A little flourish from Dockrell but it came too late for Ireland. The Irish openers started the run chase well by adding 52 runs in 7 overs. However, van der Merwe dismissed both the openers in consecutive balls to peg back the run chase. Gareth Delany and Andy Balbirnie added 32 runs for the third wicket stand but a 2-wicket Klaassen over saw Ireland falling flat. Once the stand was broken, the Irish innings never got going. Apart from Stirling, O'Brien, Delany and Dockrell, none of the Irish batters could even cross the double digit mark.

    Over: 20 | 13 Runs
    0 19.6
    Fred Klaassen to Boyd Rankin

    Good length ball outside off, pushed back to the bowler. NETHERLANDS ARE INTO THE FINAL of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers and the Dutch players are delighted.

    1 19.5
    Fred Klaassen to George Dockrell

    Fuller length on the pads, Dockrell flicks it towards the leg side for a single.

    2 19.4
    Fred Klaassen to George Dockrell

    Another short ball, slapped towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.

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