CAN vs IRE: Canada set 138-run target for Ireland in T20 World Cup match

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New York: Canada set a 138-run target in their second match of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Canada, which is being played at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Friday.

Canada had a poor start as the Irish bowlers dominated and removed their top order in the first nine overs for just 53 runs. It looked like yet another low-scoring encounter in New York but Nicholas Kirton and Shreyas Movva saved them.

The two batters combined for a crucial 75-run partnership which steered Canada to a defendable total. Kirton played a commendable knock, missing out on his well-deserving half-century by just one run as he got out after scoring 49 runs on 35 balls.

However, Movva remained on the wicket till the last ball and helped his team conclude their innings at 137-7.

For Ireland, Craig Young and Barry McCarthy took two wickets each while Gareth Delany and Mark Adair managed to get one each.

Earlier, Ireland’s skipper Paul Stirling won the toss and opted to bat first.

Playing XIs
Ireland: 1 Paul Stirling, (c) 2 Andy Balbirnie, 3 Lorcan Tucker, 4 Harry Tector, 5 Curtis Campher, 6 George Dockrell, 7 Gareth Delany, 8 Mark Adair, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Josh Little, 11 Craig Young

Canada: 1 Aaron Johnson, 2 Navneet Dhaliwal, 3 Pargat Singh, 4 Nicholas Kirton, 5 Shreyas Movva (wk), 6 Dilpreet Bajwa, 7 Saad Bin Zafar (capt), 8 Junaid Siddiqui, 9 Dilon Heyliger, 10 Kaleem Sana, 11 Jeremy Gordon

Canada played the T20 World Cup 2024 opener against the USA and they posted a 195-run target for the home side. Despite a brilliant display by their batters, the bowlers couldn’t replicate the performance and they ended up losing the match with the USA’s Aaron James starring for the side.

On the other hand, Ireland began their World Cup campaign against Rohit Sharma-led India at today’s venue but they didn’t have the most memorable outing in New York. The entire Irish team was bundled out for just 96 runs in 16 overs and the Blues chased the target without much difficulty.

With both teams having lost one match each, a win today is crucial their chances of qualifying for the Super Eight would take a great blow if they lose.