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Ireland ended their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with a disappointing 12-run defeat to Holland in a match reduced by rain to six overs in Dharamsala.
Already out of the tournament after a shock defeat to Oman on Wednesday was followed by a washout against Bangladesh on Friday, the Irish side were unable to end their campaign with a win after another rain affected defeat.
Chasing 60 to win, Will Porterfield’s men started well with 19 runs from the nine balls, but they were undone by the loss of wickets at key moments.
Will Porterfield went first after lofting high the leg side and being caught at mid-on for five and he was followed by Kevin O’Brien for zero after he was superbly caught by Pieter Seelaar at deep midwicket.
And the Dutch made it two wickets in two balls when Sterling picked out shirt third man to leave Ireland under huge pressure.
Ireland, needing 28 from 18 balls at the halfway stage, were looking for a partnership, but they were undone again when the Dutch struck twice in two balls to account for Gary Wilson, who picked out short third man, and Andrew Poynter.
With 25 runs required from 12 deliveries, Mudassar Bukhari conceded just five from the penultimate over, before man of the match Paul van Meekeren, whose four for 11 restricted Ireland to 47 for seven, complete the job to secure a 12-run win for the Netherlands.