Dominant Ireland qualified for the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and eliminated two-time champions West Indies after a thumping nine-wicket win at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval on Thursday.
Chasing 147 for victory, Ireland crossed the finish line in 17.3 overs. Paul Stirling (66 not out), Andrew Balbirnie (37) and Lorcan Tucker (45 not out) made the chase a cakewalk for the Irish side.
Leg-spinner Gareth Delany had earlier starred with the ball for Ireland, bagging 3-16 in his quota of four overs as West Indies were restricted to 146/5, with only Brandon King (62 off 48) playing a sensible knock.
“It’s a really proud day to be Irish”
“We had a really disappointing loss at this stage last year and did a lot of thinking, a lot of things changed back home. Different personnel, new coach, the way we wanted to play. To beat the two-time champions in a must-win game, I couldn’t be prouder. It’s a really proud day to be Irish,” Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie said in the post-match presentation.
“Once you put yourselves in that situation [the Super 12s] anything can happen. We are delighted. We just want to pit ourselves against the best in the world and who knows where that can take us?”
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Well done, Ireland. That is another extraordinary result. But it is tinged with sadness at what has happened with the pioneers of T20 cricket. But c'est la vie.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 21, 2022
West Indies first time not qualified for the World Cup.The players are happy playing T20 leagues all over the world but no pride playing for their own country. Very disappointing how Pooran has led the side #T20WorldCup2022
— Madan Lal (@MadanLal1983) October 21, 2022
Super proud of the @cricketireland lads for their hard work and dedication over the last few months. Outstanding achievement qualifying for the next stage, Well done all the boys in green. Enjoy your travels throughout wonderful Australia boys. Keep enjoying your cricket men.
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) October 21, 2022
Well done Ireland! 🍀
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) October 21, 2022
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 21, 2022
What a performance by Ireland. Class & clarity. West Indies out; Ire for the Super 12s! #T20WorldCup
— Alison Mitchell (@AlisonMitchell) October 21, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 21, 2022
Great win that from the lads!! ☘️☘️☘️
— William Porterfield (@purdy34) October 21, 2022
— Boyd Rankin (@boydrankin) October 21, 2022
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) October 21, 2022
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) October 21, 2022
The joy of qualifying for the Super 12 😃
— ICC (@ICC) October 21, 2022
What it means! 👊
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 21, 2022