Simi Singh Ireland Netherlands Scotland 2018
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Debutant Simi Singh of Ireland became the 17th cricketer to score a fifty and take 3 wickets in a T20 International, against Netherlands at Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam. Unfortunately, he also became the second cricketer to do so in a defeat, after Shane Watson. Watson had scored a 35-ball 59 and had figures of 4-0-15-4 at Adelaide in 2010-11, but could not prevent England from winning off the last ball, by a wicket. Simi was also the second debutant to do this, after Ryan ten Doeschate.

Simi had figures of 3.5-0-23-3 in the Netherlands innings of 144. This included 5 balls in the final over, where he claimed 2 for 5. Netherlands were reduced to 52 for 4 before Bas de Leede (33 in 35 balls, 3 fours) and captain Pieter Seelaar (36 in 28, 4 fours) added 64 in 54 balls. Then Simi came on to prevent Netherlands from scoring in excess of 150.

The Ireland top order never put up a resistance, and were soon reduced to 63 for 7 in 13.1 overs. That was when Simi smashed a whirlwind 29-ball 57 not out. Simi added 33 in 21 balls with George Dockrell and 44 in 21 balls with Barry McCarthy.

With 34 needed off 2 overs, Simi hit a six and 2 fours off Fred Klaasen. With McCarthy also hitting a six, the target came down to 12 off the last over. But Paul van Meekeren bowled an excellent last over, and Simi ran a single in the third ball after running 2 twos. It turned out to be a blunder, as van Meekeren conceded only 2 singles off the last 2 balls.

Brief scores:

Netherlands 144 in 19.5 overs [Bas de Leede 33(35), Pieter Seelaar 36(28); Barry McCarthy 4-0-26-3, Simi Singh 3.5-0-23-3) beat Ireland 140 for 8 in 20 overs [Simi Singh 57*(29); Pieter Seelaar 4-0-25-3, Shane Snater 4-0-25-2, Paul van Meekeren 4-0-20-1] by 4 runs.