Ireland smashes Oman to reach semi-final of T20 World Cup

Ireland beat hosts Oman by 56 runs in the T20 World Cup Qualifier semi-final.

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Team Ireland beat Team Oman by 56 runs in the World Cup Qualifier to qualify for the Australian tournament happening this year. Oman hardly maintained their run rate being all out for 109 with nine balls remaining while the Irish posted a score of 165-7 in the third over with Gareth Delany being the top scorer with 47 runs.

Even though it is the seventh straight appearance for the Irish team, they had a shaky start to the Global Qualifier A event held in UAE  by losing their first game. But they eventually caught up with consistent wins in Germany and Bahrain, therefore, qualifying for the semi-finals against Oman.

While the Omanis had qualified for the last two World Cups, they never got ahead even as they won the toss and opted to field, eventually getting bowled out for 109. Even with the partnership between Shoaib Khan and captain Zeeshan Maqsood, the brief victory of Oman was taken over by Singh and McBrine in the Irish team, who took five wickets between them. Craig Young and Josh Litte also took two wickets along them.

The 24-year-old Irish, Gareth Delany, pushed the team forward with three sixes and three fours in a rapid 32-ball inning while Harry Tector (35) and Andy McBrine made 36 from 21 before taking two for 24 with the ball contributing valuable knocks.

The Super 12 stage in the T20 World Cup 2021 will find Ireland and UAE; where UAE beat Nepal by 68 runs in their respective semi-final, joining the 12 sides of the main tournament, which will be held on the 16th of October.

The Global Qualifier B event in Zimbabwe will decide the finalists for the T20 tournament in Australia.