Johannesburg, Mar 18: The Netherlands and Ireland have swept ahead in the opening round of the World Twenty20 at Bangladesh on Monday following their respective victories over United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe respectively.
Six qualifiers, along with hosts Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, are competing in the first round and winners of each group will then contest the Super-10 round with the top eight Test nations – Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, England, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies – from March 21.
According to Sport24, the Netherlands have eased to a six-wicket win against first-timers UAE at Sylhet Stadium, overhauling a modest 152-run target with seven balls to spare, in their bid to progress from Group B for a place in the main rounds.
Meanwhile, Ireland beat Zimbabwe by three wickets in the same group earlier in the day at the same stadium on St Patrick’s Day, with opener Paul Stirling smashing 60 off 34 balls to set his team up for a last-ball victory.
The report mentioned that hosts Bangladesh beat Afghanistan and debutant Nepal downed Hong Kong in Group A matches on the opening day of the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
The final is on April 6 in Dhaka, the report added. (ANI)