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Canada won the first match in T20 World Cup: Nicholas-Movva took the score to 137 runs; Heiliger stopped Ireland at 125

Canada won the first match in T20 World Cup: Nicholas-Movva took the score to 137 runs; Heiliger stopped Ireland at 125


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Nicholas Kirton was adjudged Player of the Match. He played an important innings of 49 runs.

Canada has achieved its first victory in the T20 World Cup. This team, playing for the first time in the tournament, defeated Ireland by 12 runs. For the second consecutive match, a Test playing nation has suffered defeat from a lower ranked team. A day earlier, Pakistan’s team was the victim of an upset.

Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl at Nassau County Stadium in New York. Canada scored 137 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Ireland could only score 125 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. Nicholas Kirton was the player of the match. He played an important innings of 49 runs. He also played an important innings of 75 runs with Shreyas Movva.

Interesting Facts

  • For the first time, a score of more than 100 runs was made at Nassau Cricket Stadium.
  • Canada has become the 22nd team in the world to win a T-20 World Cup match.
  • Canada has become the 11th team to defeat Ireland in the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh has also been defeated by 11 teams in this tournament.

Players performance: Fifty partnership of Nicholas-Shreyas, 2 wickets for Heiliger
Batting first, Nicholas Kirton scored 49 and Shreyas Movva scored 37 runs for Canada. There was a partnership of 75 runs between the two for the 5th wicket. Craig Young and Barry McCarthy took 2-2 wickets. Mark Adair, Gareth Delaney and Curtis Campher got one wicket each.

In the run chase, Mark Adair scored unbeaten 34 and George Dockrell scored unbeaten 30 runs for Ireland. Both shared a 62-run partnership. Dillon Heyliger took 2 wickets. Jeremy Gordon, Junaid Siddiqui and Saad Bin Zafar got one wicket each.

CAN Match Winners

Performance of IRE players

Reasons for Ireland’s defeat

  • Ireland’s bowlers had a good start. The team had taken 4 wickets of Canada for 53 runs. From here the Irish bowlers could not create pressure in the middle overs. In such a situation, the pair of Nicholas and Shreyas managed to take their team to 137 runs by making a partnership of 75 runs.
  • Slow start, only 2 fours were hit in the powerplay Chasing a target of 138 runs, the Irish team had a very slow start. The team could score only 31 runs in the powerplay after losing one wicket. Only two fours were hit in these 6 overs. Whereas the Irish team did not lose any wicket for 5 overs.
  • Top-5 batsmen failed, scored a total of 47 runs The Irish team’s top order failed in the run chase. The team’s top-5 batsmen could score just 47 runs. The team batted slowly in the middle overs.
  • Dockrell-Adair could not play big shots in the death overs The pair of Dockrell and Adair brought the team back into the game with a fifty partnership, but both these batsmen failed to play big shots in the last overs. Together, they hit 7 boundaries, out of which only two were sixes.

Match report from here…

Canada has a bad start in the powerplay, score 37/2 in the powerplay
Batting first, Canada had a bad start. The team lost the wickets of the openers in scoring 37 runs in the first 6 overs. Navneet Dhaliwal returned to the pavilion after scoring 6 runs and Aaron Johnson returned after scoring 14 runs. Mark Adair and Craig Young got one wicket each.

Nicholas-Shreyas partnership crossed 100
After losing the fourth wicket at 53 runs, Nicholas Kirton and Shreyas Movva made a fifty partnership and took Canada’s score past 100. After 16 overs, the team was 110/4. The team scored 73 runs in the middle 10 overs without losing any wicket.

Mixed start for Ireland in run chase
Ireland had a mixed start in the run chase. The team lost the wicket of captain Paul Stirling after scoring 31 runs in the first 6 overs. Stirling was out after scoring 9 runs. Jeremy Gordon gave the first success to the Canadian team.

The Irish innings collapsed in the middle overs, losing 5 wickets in scoring 57 runs
Ireland’s innings faltered after the powerplay. The team lost 5 wickets in scoring 57 runs in the middle 10 overs. No batsman of the team could score more than 20 runs. The team’s score after 16 overs was 88/6.

Fifty partnership of Dockrell-Adair, both returned unbeaten
After losing the sixth wicket at 59 runs, George Dockrell and Mark Adair made a fifty partnership for the 7th wicket and took the team past 100. Both added 62 runs, but could only take the team to 125 runs.

Playing XI of both the teams for the match

Ireland: Paul Stirling (captain), Andy Balbirnie, Lorcan Tucker (wicketkeeper), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delaney, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little and Craig Young.

Canada: Saad Bin Zafar (captain), Aaron Johnson, Navneet Dhaliwal, Pargat Singh, Nicholas Kirton, Shreyas Mowva (wicketkeeper), Dilpreet Bajwa, Junaid Siddiqui, Dilon Heyliger, Kaleem Sana and Jeremy Gordon.

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