The Netherlands smashed the record for most sixes in an innings on their way to upsetting Ireland in Sylhet yesterday, romping into the Super-10 stages in the World Twenty20.
Wesley Barresi hit Tim Murtagh over mid-wicket for the 19th six of the innings to seal an emphatic six-wicket win as the Netherlands chased down a daunting 190-run target in just 13.5 overs.
Their rampaging victory means the Netherlands qualify for the Super-10 from Group B at the expense of more fancied Zimbabwe and Ireland. They join Group One in the next round.
In all 30 sixes were hit in the match, beating the previous record of 24 set by New Zealand and India in Christchurch in 2009.
Australia previously held the record for most sixes in a Twenty20 innings with 18, smashed against England at Southampton last year.
The Netherlands needed to notch the target in 14.2 overs and they owed their exhilarating chase to a fiery 23-ball 63 by opener Stephan Myburgh, a 15-ball 45 by Tom Cooper and an unbeaten 22-ball 40 by Barresi.
The defeat was a heartbreak for Ireland, who beat Zimbabwe in their opening match, but they failed to stop the rampaging Dutch led by Myburgh.
Myburgh was in a punishing mood as he smashed three sixes in off-spinner Andy McBrine’s second over of the innings, and then as many sixes and one boundary in one Alex Cusack over.
He then brought up his second Twenty20 fifty in the event with a sweetly timed boundary off Tim Murtagh, off just 17 deliveries.
The left-hander equaled the second-fastest T20 fifty set by rival opener Paul Stirling, hit against Afghanistan in Dubai two years ago.
The record for the fastest T20 fifty is held by India’s Yuvraj Singh, who hit a 12-ball fifty against England in Durban in 2007.
Myburgh, who smashed seven sixes and four boundaries, finally holed out off George Dockrell at deep mid-wicket boundary with the total at 98.
Cooper carried on from where Myburgh left off, hitting four sixes off Dockrell’s 11th over. Cooper’s innings had six sixes and a boundary.
Ireland had raced to their second highest Twenty20 total of 189-4 with stocky Andrew Poynter hitting a 38-ball 57, while Kevin O’Brien knocked a whirlwind 16-ball 42 to punish a hapless Dutch attack.
Poynter hit four sixes — three in one Michael Swart over — along with four boundaries, while Kevin’s knock had four towering sixes and two boundaries.
Together the two added a quickfire 101 off just 45 balls to give real impetus to the Ireland innings.
Poynter hit two boundaries and then took a single off Timm van der Gugten to reach his maiden T20 fifty off just 27 balls. He holed out off the last delivery of the final over.
Skipper William Porterfield hit a 32-ball 47, while Ed Joyce chipped in with a 25-ball 28.
ZIMBABWE V UAE
AFP, SYLHET, Bangladesh
All-rounder Elton Chigumbura struck a fiery half-century to help Zimbabwe achieve a five-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Sylhet yesterday.
Chigumbura smashed three sixes and six boundaries in his 21-ball 53 not out to lift Zimbabwe from a struggling 34-4 and surpass a modest 117-run target in 13.4 overs.
The win also lifted Zimbabwe’s net run-rate over Ireland, who faced the Netherlands in a crucial match to decide which team qualifies for the Super-10 stage from Group B.
Bangladesh qualified for the Super-10 from Group A on Thursday.