Ireland vs Nigeria, Match 35

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier, 2019 | Match 35 | Saturday 26th October | 06:00
 Match Ended
67/2 (6.1) RR:10.86
66/9 (20.0) RR:3.3
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Okay. That was a quick finish. Plenty of time left for the second match of the day, between Bermuda and Netherlands in Dubai at 2.10 pm local (1010 GMT). Should be another one-sider. Do come back and join.

Victorious Ireland captain, Gary Wilson, says that for now, Ireland are on top but they will keep a close eye on Oman's game on Sunday. Praises his side for being ruthless today and also praises Nigeria for fighting, saying further that they will improve gradually. On his team's position, Gary is happy with his unit's performance in the last 2 games. Is looking forward to Tuesday. On being asked about injuries in his side, Wilson says that David Delany has pulled up with a sore knee, so he will be assessed over the next 24 hours.

Nigerian captain, Ademola Onikoyi, says that this is all a learning curve. Hopes that the players learn from this tournament, stay positive and work harder. On being asked about the positives, the skipper says that landing the ball in the right areas is a positive. Believes that his young unit is working hard and will give its best on Sunday.

CRAIG YOUNG HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Young says that there was something on the wicket and he just tried to make the use of it. On being the 5th seamer to be given the ball to, Young says that is the quality of the Ireland attack, as there are plenty of seamers to choose from. Is happy to see Ireland top the group stage.

Chasing 67 in 9 overs was the target for Ireland to top the group and that never looked in threat right from the start. Their bowlers had set up the win, making good use of the juice on the track early in the morning. It was a 10 am start, so perhaps Nigeria should have elected to bowl first. No use in thinking about bygones. Here comes the presentation...

37 balls. That is all what the run chase has lasted for. The Irish batsmen came out all guns blazing. No one had any interest to stay in the middle and just went hard on the bowlers. They had to win this game inside 9 overs to top the group and they achieved that easily. But that is for now. If Oman win on Sunday, they go on top. But the Irish have done all that they could.

lb 3 6.1
Chima Akachukwu to Gareth Delany

MATCH OVER! Full and down the leg side, Delany looks to flick but misses and the ball goes off his pads behind. The keeper runs after it but by that time, three leg byes are taken. That is it. IRELAND WIN BY 8 WICKETS AND 83 BALLS TO SPARE!

Chima Akachukwu returns. 1-0-8-0 so far.

Over: 6 | 10 Runs
0 5.6
Daniel Ajekun to Mark Adair

Nope. Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler. 64/2 IN THE POWERPLAY FOR IRELAND, just 3 needed.

4 5.5
Daniel Ajekun to Mark Adair

FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Adair throws his bat at it and gets it between cover and point. Will this end in the Powerplay itself?

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