Ireland survived an inspired spell of swing bowling from Zimbabwe's Tinashe Panyangara to scrape through for a three-wicket win on the last ball of their Group B encounter in Sylhet on Monday. Panyangara (4-37), who was smashed for 18 in his first over by Stirling, also dismissed the dangerous Kevin O'Brien (17) in the 18th over and returned to bowl the final over of the innings with Ireland needing four runs for victory.
The victory means the Netherlands qualify for the Super-10 from Group B at the expense of Zimbabwe and Ireland and they will join Group One in the next round. According to Sport24, the Dutch hit a total of 19 sixes in the match, beating the previous record of 24 set by New Zealand and India at Christchurch in 2009, while Ireland hit 11 sixes, bringing the total to 30 sixes.
The Netherlands smashed the record for most sixes in an inni ngs on their way to upsetting Ireland in Sylhet on Friday, romping into the Super-10 stages in the World Twenty20. In all 30 sixes were hit in the match beating the previous record of 24 set by New Zealand and India at Christchurch in 2009.
Before this, Australia had made the 18 sixes record against England at Southampton in August 2013. Netherlands opener batsman Stephan Myburgh made second fastest half-century off 16 balls after hitting most seven sixes and 4 fours against Irish bowlers. Netherlands and Ireland set another record after hitting the 30 sixes in innings match while Australia and India had made the 24 sixes record on May 7, 2010 in Bridgetown.
Stephan Myburgh smashed the second fastest 50 in Twenty20s to launch Netherlands past a stunned Ireland and Zimbabwe into the main draw of the World Twenty20 yesterday. Wesley Barresi, 40 not out off 22 balls, finished off the Irish with dot-6-dot-4 and a final six over deep mid-wicket to seal the deal in unbelievable fashion.
Chigumbura smashed three sixes and six boundaries in his 21-ball 53 not out to lift Zimbabwe from a struggling 34-4 and surpass a modest 117-run target in 13.4 overs. The win also lifted Zimbabwe's net run-rate over Ireland who face the Netherlands in the crucial match to decide which team qualifies for the Super-10 stage from Group B. Bangladesh qualified for the Super-10 from Group A on Thursday.
Leading the charge was top-scorer and Man of the Match, Stephan Myburgh, who smashed 63 off a mere 23 balls to set the stage on fire at the Sylhet Stadium. Chasing a stiff target of 190 in 14.2 overs to qualify for the next stage, the Netherlands completed the task with 37 (13.5 overs) balls remaining, with the winning team hitting a staggering world record 19 sixes. The Netherlands` Ahsan Jamil (2/26 in fours overs) was the best bowler of the match in this high-scoring game.
Wesley Barresi plays a forcing drive through the off side, Ireland v Netherlands, World T20, First Round Group B, Sylhet, March 21, 2014. The Dutch power hitting completely overshadowed the Irish pair of Andrew Poynter and Kevin O'Brien, who smashed 101 in 45 balls for the fourth wicket to take Ireland to 189 for four.
Wesley Barresi hit Tim Murtagh over mid-wicket for the 19th six of the innings to seal an emphatic six wicket win as the Netherlands chased down a daunting 190-run target in just 13.5 overs. Myburgh was in a punishing mood as he smashed three sixes in off-spinner Andy McBrine's second over of the innings and then as many sixes and one boundary in one Alex Cusack's over.
The Netherlands smashed the record for most sixes in an innings on their way to upsetting Ireland in Sylhet yesterday, romping into the Super-10 stages in the World Twenty20. In all 30 sixes were hit in the match, beating the previous record of 24 set by New Zealand and India in Christchurch in 2009. The win also lifted Zimbabwe's net run-rate over Ireland, who faced the Netherlands in a crucial match to decide which team qualifies for the Super-10 stage from Group B. Bangladesh qualified for the Super-10 from Group A on Thursday.