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Zimbabwe & Ireland victorious

Sylhet: Zimbabwe kept themselves in contention for a spot in the main draw of the World Twenty20, beating Netherlands by five wickets in a Group B qualifying match, here, on Wednesday.

Chasing 141, the Zimbabweans overcame some hiccups to reach 146 for five in 20 overs to stay afloat in the competition after losing their opening match.

Meanwhile, Ireland bolstered their chances of making it to the Super-10 after a disciplined bowling effort helped them post a 21-run win over UAE under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected Group B qualifying match.

Ireland’s second victory in as many matches have put them on top of their group, ahead of the Netherlands and Zimbabwe.

Summarised Scores

Netherlands 140/5 in 20 overs (T. Cooper 72 ..). Zimbabwe 146/5 in 20 overs. Zimbabwe won by 5 wickets.

UAE 123/6 in 20 ovs. Ireland 103/3 in 14.2 ovs (E. Joyce 43). Ireland won by 21 runs via D/L method