Curtis Campher took a memorable hat trick to hand Ireland victory over the Netherlands
Clinical Ireland registers their first victory of the T20 World Cup campaign against the Netherlands by seven wickets in their opener of Group A at Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Ireland marked their first victory of the T20 World Cup campaign against the Netherlands by seven wickets, courtesy of Curtis Campher for taking a hat-trick.
After winning the toss, Netherlands opted to bat first. They started the innings quite well and things had started improvising until Curtis Campher came to ruin the party with the match-winning performance.
The right-arm pacer picked up four wickets in four balls to put his side on the driving seat. Campher has become the third bowler in the T20I history to achieve the feat.
Campher had decent support from the other end by Mark Adair who also bowled impressively on 3-9 in the four overs spell, to become the most economical bowler for Ireland in the T20 World Cup.
The Netherlands got bad news in the first over when Ben Cooper lost his wicket in a mix-up.
Max O’Dowd took charge from the other end and scored a decent 51 runs for his side to become the top runs-scorer for the Netherlands.
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Campher sent back Colin Ackermann (11) on the second ball of the over then Ryan ten Doeschate (0) and Scott Edwards (0) for a hat-trick and then bowled Roelof van der Merwe (0) in a historic over.
He becomes the third bowler in the T20I history to achieve this milestone after Rashid Khan from Afghanistan and Lasith Malinga from Sri Lanka.
The skipper Pieter Seelaar scored 21 runs to get the Netherlands across 100 runs mark. The men in yellow posted 106 runs after being bundled out in the 20th over.
The run chase was a simple task for the Irish batters. The Netherland bowlers managed to pick up three wickets of Kevin O’Brien (9), Andy Balbirnie (8), and Gareth Delany (44) but couldn’t defend the lowest total.
Opener Paul Stirling and Curtis Campher took Ireland across the line after remaining unbeaten on 30 and seven respectively in the 16th over.