T20 World Cup 2022 Ireland reach Super 12 and eliminate West Indies

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Paul Stirling shattered the Irish record for number of runs scored in one over with a mind-blowing fifty. This helped Ireland win their match against West Indies, and they will move on to play England, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the second round.

Ireland has made it to the second round of the tournament for the first time since 2009, while West Indies – winners of the WC in 2012 and 2016 – have fallen to an early exit after a crushing defeat at Bellerive Oval.

Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie started the innings with a blistering opening stand of 73 from just 7.3 overs to help Ireland reach their target of 147.

Though they lost their opening match to Zimbabwe, the Irish rallied and took victory against Scotland. Then they beat West Indies despite a team without the star names of old.

Setting about an achievable but still potentially tricky chase, Ireland got off to an absolute flier, with Stirling and Balbirnie biffing a combined 11 boundaries – Balbirnie with three in a row off Odean Smith in the fourth over – before the captain slashed left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein to point.

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