Ireland were eliminated from ICC World T20 2016. Photo courtesy: Cricket Ireland on Twitter
Ireland were eliminated from ICC World T20 2016. Photo courtesy: Cricket Ireland on Twitter

Tamim Iqbal batted with abandon to score a 26-ball 47 but rain caused the Bangladesh vs Ireland ICC World T20 2016 match at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, to be called off  on Friday. Tamim continued on his tremendous form, carrying on from his unbeaten knock against Netherlands in the last match. A win for Bangladesh will virtually assure them of a spot in the final four of the qualifying round, while a loss for Ireland will definitely eliminate them. With both teams needing the match to produce a result, the advent of rain caused a huge delay. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Ireland, ICC World T20 2016, Group A Match 8 at Dharamshala

Tamim and Soumya Sarkar got Bangladesh off to a great start, aided substantially by some downright shoddy fielding from the Irish. Given how Ireland let the match against Oman slip out of their hands — literally, in some ways — it was surprising to see the fielding continue to flounder. Sarkar was dropped off the fourth ball of the innings, and then again in the fourth over. Later on a run-out chance was fluffed and Tamim was given a life when Niall O’Brien failed to properly collect the ball with Tamim well out of his crease. The stumping was missed, but luckily for the bowler George Dockrell Tamim was out soon after. Full Cricket Blog: Bangladesh vs Ireland, ICC World T20 2016, Group A Match 8 at Dharamshala

Tamim ended up scoring 47 off 26 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes, while Sarkar made 20 off 13 with 3 fours. Sabbir Rahman was batting on 13 off 9 balls with 1 six when the match was interrupted with Bangladesh’s score 94 for 2 after 8 overs. The rain was so bad the first match of the day was called off, thereby eliminating the Netherlands. It was in that context that the match, at first reduced to a 12-over per side contest, was interrupted again after 8 overs. At the time, if Ireland were to bat they would need 108 runs in 8 overs. Their targets would be 72 after five overs, 84 after six, 96 after seven, and then 108 after eight. Sadly, in the end no further play was possible and Ireland’s campaign came to an unfortunate end.

Brief scores: 

Bangladesh 94 for 2 in 8 overs (Tamim Iqbal 47; George Dockrell 1 for 18) vs Ireland (no result).

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)