Day report: Netherlands v Oman, Bangladesh v Ireland

It rained heavily in Dharamsala and a result only 8 overs were bowled throught both games.

The Netherlands and Ireland were both left in positions making qualification impossible, knocking them out. It’s been a bad tournament for Europe so far, with remaining hopes all resting on Englands shoulders (Not a chance there then).

The first fixture of the day was a wash out between Oman and the Netherlands, meaning Oman go joint top on points with Bangladesh with an all to play for game between the two to come. The Netherlands were emotional after being eliminated, rightly so since the administration has made them qualify for a tournament twice (a ridiculous system, in America you can’t even be tried for a murder twice) with no mitigation incase rain interrupts, which it did. The worlds premier T20 event looks more like a joke daily, and if there is a good punchline you wouldn’t hear the laughs in the stadiums because only 4 people turn up each game, and of those 4 only 2 are allowed into the ground due to BCCI cock ups.

The Ireland Bangladesh game was also heavily rain affected, with a delayed start reducing the game to 12 overs each. Bangladesh started quickly, with Tamim and Soumya both scoring heavily, 52-0 after 4 overs and some mistakes in the field from Ireland (2 drops, both of which should have been caught, and several misfields), Soumya departed first 20(13) being stumped on a ball that turned away from the bat after soupy charged at it off McBrines bowling.

Tamil fell in what turned to be the last over of the match for a very good 47(26), chipping to midwicket of Dockrell, recalled for this game.

Both spinners bowled well, but with K O’Brien being carted for 19 chasing 94-2 (8) would have been a tall order if the chance had been given.

A disappointing day for neutrals and especially europeans, but a good one for Bangladesh and for Oman, who Netherlands would have fancied their chances against.

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