World T20: Dutch hammer Ireland as smaller nations step up

  • AFP, Sylhet
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2014 01:45 IST

The Netherlands smashed the record for most sixes in an innings on their way to upsetting Ireland on Friday, romping into the Super-10 stages in the World Twenty20.

Wesley Barresi hit Tim Murtagh over mid-wicket for the 19th six of the innings to seal an emphatic six-wicket win as the Netherlands chased down a daunting 190-run target in just 13.5 overs. Their rampaging victory means the Netherlands qualify for the Super-10 from Group B at the expense of more fancied Zimbabwe and Ireland. They join Group One in the next round.

Barrage of sixes
In all 30 sixes were hit in the match beating the previous record of 24 set by New Zealand and India at Christchurch in 2009. Australia previously held the record for most sixes in a Twenty20 innings with 18, smashed against England at Southampton last year. The Netherlands needed to notch the target in 14.2 overs.

Brief scores: Netherlands 193-4 in 13.5 overs (S Myburgh 63, T Cooper 45) def. Ireland 189-4 in 20 overs (Poynter 57, W Porrerfield 47) by 6 wickets

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