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Caribbean joy despite the damp squib

india Updated: Sep 25, 2012 00:48 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal

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You need to have lot of stamina and strength to carry out the groundsman's duties at the R Premadasa Stadium. Thanks to the hide and seek played by rain in Colombo, most of the running during Monday's World Twenty20 game was done by the ground staff.

Forced to bring on and off around 23 massive covers, five times in a couple of hours, was demanding. The fifth time they had carried out the exercise, the rain gods thought it was enough for the day and decided to pour hard to bring an end to the tie.

The no result sent Ireland out of the tournament on inferior net run-rate as West Indies joined Australia from the group in the Super Eights without winning a game. With so many matches at the start of the tournament affected by weather, the ICC's wisdom in scheduling the tournament in this period has baffled everyone.

Poor weather
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy had his eye on the dense cloud cover when he decided to bowl first.

For the second straight time, Ireland were immediately put on the backfoot when William Porterfield was bowled the first ball of the innings, a peach of a swinging Yorker from Fidel Edwards rearranging the off-stump. The left-handed opener was out first ball in the previous game against Australia too.

From there on, Ireland never really took off. Just as they seemed to consolidate, rain hit. The score then was 33 for one in five overs with Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce looking good.

The game was reduced to 19-overs each side due to a nearly one hour stoppage. And the break did affect the rhythm as on the third ball, Joyce was bowled by Sunil Narine around his legs while trying to sweep.

Stirling was gone five balls later. Looking at ease against the pedestrian pace of Sammy before the stoppage, Stirling was a victim of concentration lapse when he miscued a pull shot.

The two seasoned warriors of Ireland cricket, the O'Brien brothers, couldn't do much either. And, even if the game had run its full course, it is doubtful whether Ireland would have defended their 129 for six.