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Canada upset Ireland in New York thriller


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How Canada completed their New York upset

Canada’s bowlers limited Ireland’s top order superbly in the first half of the innings, denying any of their opponents’ big names from letting loose.

An unusually subdued Paul Stirling was first to fall, caught behind for nine from 17 balls, and the wickets fell at frequent intervals to prevent any significant momentum with the bat for the Irish.

And a calamitous run out to send Lorcan Tucker packing left Ireland in big trouble on 50/4 at the halfway point of the chase, needing a big finish to avoid a World Cup upset.

A dangerous partnership between George Dockrell (30* from 23) and Mark Adair (34 from 24) almost saw Ireland pull off a sensational rescue job.

But Adair fell to the second ball of the final over, and Ireland fell flat as they looked for boundaries at the death, ending 12 runs short to suffer a demoralising defeat that leaves them needing something special to reach the Super 8 phase.

Jeremy Gordon (2/16 from 4) and Dilon Heylinger (2/18 from 4) were the pick of the bowlers, with Junaid Siddiqui and Saad Bin Zafar also amongst the wickets.

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