Windies progress to Super Eights after wash out
The West Indies secured a place in the Super Eights thanks to a superior run rate after their make or break game against the Irish was abandoned because of heavy rain at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
With both teams needing a victory to advance, heavy rain started to fall during the innings break after Ireland had recorded a total of 126-6 from their 19 overs after rain during the early stages of the match.
With no let-up in sight the umpires were forced to call the match off at 10.30 local time much to the delight of the West Indies who progress ahead of the Irish thanks to a better run rate.
Having been put into bat first the Irish lost William Porterfield () in the opening over after the skipper was bowled by Fidel Edwards (1-23) with the first delivery of the match for the second game in a row.
Paul Stirling (19) and Ed Joyce steadied the inning with a 2nd wicket stand os 33 which was ended by Sunil Narine 1-21) in the 5th over after a 25 minute delay because of rain which shorted Ireland’s innings to 19 overs.
Niall O’Brien (25) and Gary Wilson (21) enjoyed brief cameo’s but with wickets falling at regular intervals the West Indies remained in control to leave them with a run chase of just 130 after the Irish were restricted to a total of just 126-6.