Ireland were knocked out of the World T20, after persistent rain resulted in another washout against Bangladesh in Dharamsala. Play was called off at 10:20pm local time, after rain had stopped the game after eight overs in the Bangladesh innings.
This result means the Bangladesh-Oman encounter on Saturday will decide who goes through from Group A, with both teams on three points each while the Netherlands and Ireland are on one point each.
The match was always at the mercy of the weather after rain forced the Oman-Netherlands game earlier in the afternoon to be abandoned. Rain had stopped at around 7:30pm and allowed the match to start at 9:45pm, but it relented for just over an hour.
Bangladesh’s innings started like it did against Netherlands, with a dropped catch of Soumya Sarkar in the first over. This time it was Andy McBrine who spilled the chance at deep midwicket. McBrine also conceded four overthrows in the next over before Tamim Iqbal took to the Ireland bowlers with muscular hits.
In the same over, he walked across to the off side to swing Boyd Rankin for a whipped six over fine leg before bunting him down the ground for four to get 16 runs from the over. Bangladesh were quickly up and running.
Tim Murtagh was also hit for a six over mid-off, and four through the covers in the next over. Soumya then struck three fours off Kevin O’Brien, an over that went for 19, the second of which was dropped by Rankin at mid-off. The third boundary was a scoop which completed Bangladesh’s first fifty-plus opening stand in two years.
Tamim welcomed McBrine into the bowling attack with a straight blast for six before the offspinner had Soumya Sarkar stumped for 20 off 13 balls. Bangladesh were 63 for 1 in five overs before George Dockrell, who replaced Craig Young, was reverse swept for four off his first ball. Tamim survived a stumping chance off the next delivery before Sabbir Rahman slammed McBrine for a straight six in the next over.
Tamim struck his fourth six in the eight over and three balls later was caught by the Ireland captain William Porterfield at short midwicket, having made 47 off 26 balls with three fours and four sixes.
Rain, accompanied by lightning, interrupted play again as Tamim trudged off, depriving Ireland of a shot to redeem themselves.