Video of 4 Wickets in 4 Balls : 1st Hat-Trick of T20 WC 2021

A clinical performance by Ireland as they beat Netherlands comfortably and opened their account in the T20 World Cup qualifiers. Apart from the toss, nothing really worked for the Netherlands in this clash. They lost Ben Cooper in the first over of the match itself and got off to a really poor start earlier in the day.

Max O’Dowd played a responsible knock, but Curtis Campher’s over where he bagged four wickets in four successive deliveries, was where Netherlands were defeated. After bowling a rather expensive over, Balbirnie stuck with Campher and the all-rounder delivered a match-defining over, becoming the third bowler in T20Is to claim four wickets in four consecutive balls.

And having restricted the opposition to a low total, the Irish batters made sure to finish off the run chase nonchalantly with Delany playing an aggressive innings and Stirling playing a rather slow one, but winning is what really matters.

Stat : This is Ireland’s first win against Netherlands in T20 World Cups! Netherlands had the wood over Ireland in T20Is, having won seven of the 11 completed matches against them.

Seelaar, Netherlands captain: “It wasn’t the best powerplay. And that put us behind in the game. We could not recover from that freak over (by Campher). Defending 105-odd was never going to be enough, but in the end we fought. It was a tough wicket with the ball holding up a bit.

Getting 150-160 and it would have been a good game, but with that total we were always struggling. It’s not going to be easy to win three games, so we’ll try to bounce back against Namibia in the next game.”

Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland captain: “Feels really good. Losing the toss and chasing that total was good. We just tried to attack the stumps, we were disciplined. It was a brilliant performance.

We got a couple of reviews, so that’s great in T20 cricket. Gareth played the innings we wanted him to. It was a pretty comfortable chase in the end.”

Curtis Campher | Player of the Match: “I knew there was a glove on it, I heard a sound and thought it had to be the glove (On Ackermann’s review). I thought it was definitely hitting the leg stump and I said to Balb to please go upstairs (On Edwards’ review).

To be honest I didn’t feel the best out there coming back from injury, tried to bang the wicket down and keep hitting the hard length, the first over didn’t go to plan but the skipper had the faith in me and it worked out well.

The bowling department has been working hard; on the yorkers and change ups. Any day I don’t bat is a good day, this one to just knock off 6-10 runs was very nice.”

Teams : 

Ireland: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Kevin O’Brien, 3 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 4 Gareth Delany, 5 Curtis Campher, 6 Harry Tector, 7 Neil Rock (wk), 8 Simi Singh, 9 Mark Adair, 10 Josh Little, 11 Ben White

Netherlands: 1 Ben Cooper, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Bas de Leede, 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Ryan ten Doeschate, 6 Scott Edwards (wk), 7 Roelof van der Merwe, 8 Pieter Seelaar (capt), 9 Logan van Beek, 10 Fred Klaassen, 11 Brandon Glover


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