World T20 Live - Ireland v West Indies

World T20 Live - Ireland v West Indies

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    Kevin O'Brien trying to make room but Edwards follows him with his delivery.
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    And a great straight six from Kevin to end the over, 8 runs off and Oreland now 96 for 4
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    Gayle bowls Niall O'Brien and it's 96 for 5
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    Niall goes fro 25 off 21 balls, another good dig from the left-hander, but he would have loved to stay on until the end with his brother.
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    Trent Johnston comes up the order ahead of Alex Cusack and he must try and get Kevin O'Brien on strike.
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    Misfield and Kevin gets a single off the third ball of the over.
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    Single for Johnston and O'Brien back on strike as Gayle bowls a wide as Ireland go to 100.
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    TJ clobbers a six to a similar are as his famous match-winning maximum against Pakistan. 107 for 5
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    Kevin O'Brien bowled first ball of Rampaul's second spell as he tried to move across to the off side and hit to leg. Irelanmd 107-6 and Nigel Jones strides to the wicket.
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    Ireland 112-6 off 17 and in need of two bi, big overs to finish here. Need to try and get to 130 at least.
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    Spinner Narine back on.
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    Jones hit Narine for a big 6 over wide mid-wicket
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    91 metres that dig.
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    Narine bowls a no-ball and a free hit to come.
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    Pollard takes a great catch and Ireland take a single 122-6 and 1 over to go.
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    Rampaul for the last over
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    Stumble from fielder Russell and Ireland run two.
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    Very smart bowling from Rampaul here, 3 runs from 3 balls
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    128-6 with 1 ball to go
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    8 runs from the final over and Ireland 129-6 off 19 overs, meaning 130 off 19 for the West Indies.
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    Ireland will know it's all about how they bowl in the powerplay overs and how they restrict Gayle (as in take his wicket) and the likes of Samuels and Pollard. With Rakin out of the picture it will mean a huge effort from Trent Johnston and Max Sorensen with the new ball. Or will spinner George Dockrell be given the white ball first up? Join me Emmet Riordan in 10 minutes to see how they get on.
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    The bad news is that the rain has returned, and heavier this time. This doesn't suit Ireland on any level as the West Indies will go through if the game is abandoned or a shortened chase will play into the hands of the Windies' big hitters.
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    With close of play at 6.30 Irish time, play will need to restart about 6.10pm. If it's a 5-over game the target for the Windies will be 44.
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    So the irony for Ireland's cricketers is that a home summer season decimated by rain could end with a rainy night in Colombo ending our World T20 hopes.
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    You have to wonder why the ICC schedule a tournament of this stature during the rainy season in this part of the world.
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    Still pelting it down in Colombo as the clock ticks, have about 30 minutes to get back on the pitch.
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    Water pooling on the tarpaulins, with the lights gleaming off it. This will take at least 15 minutes to clear so rain needs to stop in next 15 minutes or it's all over.
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    In fact 6.19pm is the offcial cut-off time for a restart.
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    30 minutes left to official cut-off for a 5-over second innings, but time will be needed to clear the ground and make it ready for play. This is not looking good I'm afriad.
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    The worrying thing is that there's not even any sign of the groundstaff at the Premadasa, and they're the ones who know all about the rain in Colombo. I would imagine the game will be abandoned in the next 5 to 10 minutes and the West Indies will go through and Ireland will go home from a T20 tournament cursing the weather yet again.
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    And the match is abandoned and Ireland are on the way home from the tournament.
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    Desperately disappointing for the players and supporters in Colombo and Irish cricket fans everywhere. Barring out opening World T20 tournament in England in 2009, this competition has not been much fun for Ireland.
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    And Ireland bid farewell to Boyd Rankin, who will retire from Ireland duty in a bid to play Test cricket for England. Trent Johnston may also consider his future, with the next 50-over World Cup not until 2015. The likes of Ed Joyce may not make it that far either, so we could see a new generation of players coming to the fore.
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    That's it from me Emmet Riordan as the rain ends Ireland's hopes yet again at a World Twenty20 finals. Bah! humbug!
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