Ireland pulverise Netherlands by 4 wickets

Ryan ten Doeschate holds fort for Netherlands

Mid-Innings Report

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Mar 18, 2011

Ireland openers William Porterfield and Paul Stirling clubbed half-centuries as they forged a rollicking century stand to put their 307-run chase on a strong footing against Netherlands at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Stirling was more dominant of the two, regaling his captain at the other end with some scintillating strokeplay on both sides of the wicket and reaching his fifty off just 25 balls. He reach the fifty mark, nudging Ryan ten Doeschate for a single.

Porterfield was willing to let Stirling go hammer and tongs but even he pounced on the loose balls, soon bringing up his half-century, working one off rival captain Peter Borren for a single, but not before clubbing the bowler for an exquisite boundary through the cover region in the same over.

Earlier, Stirling made his attacking intent from the word go, biffing a six off Mudassar Bukhari in the first over, thought not the way he would have liked. The batsman tried to pull but got a top-edge that flew over the slips and over the ropes at third-man.

The right-hander meted out more punishment to Bukhari when he stepped out and clobbered him to the mid-wicket boundary before throwing his bat at a delivery outside off-stump a thick outside edge saw the ball hurtling towards the third-man boundary.

The same over saw Ireland captain William Porterfield getting a life. He went for a pull but got the toe end of the bat and the ball went towards Adeel Raja at third-man who put down a sitter, adding to the frustration in the Dutch ranks.

Porterfield grew in confidence after that dropped opportunity. He flayed spinner Adeel Raja through the covers before he first cut Bukhari for a boundary before working another to the square-leg fence.

Stirling also acquitted himself well against Raja he drove Raja to the mid-wicket before peppering the cover region for two more boundaries to leave the bowler deflated after he had bowled a maiden first over.

He spared none of the Netherlands bowlers. He whacked Bernard Loots for four fours and a six in his first two overs as Ireland openers turned the heat on their opposition.

Netherlands did stem the flow of runs after Ireland raced to 81 for no loss in 10 overs. The induction of Ryan ten Doeschate and Peter Seelaar dried up the boundaries for sometime no boundary was scored for four overs but the shackles were soon loosened when Stirling swept Seelaar to sustain the momentum.

Brief Scores: Ireland: 168 for no loss in 25 overs (Paul Stirling 93*, William Porterfield 65*) vs Netherlands 306 all out in 50 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 106, Peter Borren 84; Paul Stirling 2 for 51, John Mooney 2 for 59).

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