Campher creates history with four wickets in four balls to propel Ireland to a seven-wicket win

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18 Oct 2021 | 09:28 PM
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Campher creates history with four wickets in four balls to propel Ireland to a seven-wicket win

Here are some noteworthy stats from Match 3 of the ICC T20 World Cup between the Ireland and Netherlands in Abu Dhabi.

A commanding display with the ball led by Curtis Campher's four-wicket haul powered Ireland to a seven-wicket win against the Netherlands in Match 3 of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. After electing to bat first, Netherlands got off to a horrendous start as Ben Cooper was caught inches outside of the crease in the first over. Despite the stutter, Max O'Dowd and Bes de Leede steadied the innings before the latter was dismissed, trying to attempt a scoop shot for seven. However, the turning point of the game was the 10th over bowled by Campher as he picked up four wickets in four balls to tilt the match in favour of the Ireland side. The right-arm medium pacer was well supported by Mark Adair, who returned with figures of 3/9 in his quota of four overs to bundle out the Netherlands for 106 in 20 overs. 

Chasing 107 for a win in their opening encounter, Ireland started the innings steadily with Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien forging a 27-run partnership before O'Brien was undone by Brandon Glover for nine. Despite the early jitters, Gareth Delany's quickfire 44 off 29 deliveries studded with five boundaries and two sixes helped Ireland register a comprehensive seven-wicket win. Here are some of the notable stats from the game:

Campher rewrites record books

Curtis Campher etched his name in the history books by becoming the third player to pick up four wickets in four deliveries in the shortest format of the game. The 22-year old picked up the wicket of Colin Ackermann for 11 to kickstart the proceedings in the 10th over. The right-arm pacer followed this with wickets of Ryan ten Doeschate and Scott Edwards as the duo were adjudged plumb in front of the wicket. Campher picked up his fourth wicket as Roelof van der Merwe chopped a wide delivery back onto the stumps to help the youngster rewrite the record books. He joins an elite list comprising of Rashid Khan and Lasith Malinga to become the third player to pick up four wickets in four balls in T20 internationals. While Khan achieved this feat against Ireland, Malinga recorded this achievement against New Zealand in 2019. 

Netherlands endure a dismal powerplay

Netherlands got off to a dismal start as they lost their in-form player, Cooper, without troubling the scorers. While O'Dowd and de Leede tried to stitch a partnership together and take advantage of the field restrictions, the duo struggled with their timing before de Leede was dismissed for seven. With two quick wickets, Netherlands managed to score 25/2 in the first six overs, which is the fourth-lowest for them in the powerplay. The team endured a similar run in a match against Sri Lanka in 2014 and crawled their way to 15/4, which is their lowest total in the field restrictions. 

Campher's four-wicket haul derails Netherlands

In the opening match against the Netherlands, Campher's 4/26 in his quota of four overs is the second-best figures achieved by an Ireland player in the history of the T20 World Cup. With 12 dot deliveries in his four-over spell and an economy of 6.50, he is second on the list behind Alex Cusack. Cusack is top of the table with four wickets for 18 runs against Sri Lanka in 2009.

Netherlands slump to the second-lowest total in the World Cup

A four-wicket haul from Campher in the middle overs and an economical spell for Adair resulted in the Netherlands outfit getting bundled out for 106 runs in the first innings, which is the second-lowest total in the history of ICC T20 World Cup. The bowling unit of the Ireland side bowled a nagging length, causing plenty of trouble to the Netherlands batting unit resulting in a below-par performance in this high-voltage clash. While Netherland's 106 is second on the list, Zimbabwe's score of 93/8 against South Africa in 2012 is the lowest total in the iconic event. 

Mark Adair's miserly spellWhile all the focus and attention has been on the heroics of Campher, Adair has been silently going about his business and bowling a consistent line and length. The right-handed pacer returned with figures of 3/9 at an economy rate of 2.3 in his quota of four overs to become the most economical bowler for Ireland in the T20 World Cup among bowlers who have completed their four-over spell. Boyd Rankin is second on the table with figures of 0/11 at an economy rate of 2.8 against Pakistan in June 2009. 

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Ireland vs NetherlandsICC World Twenty20, 2021IrelandNetherlandsCurtis CampherMark AdairPaul StirlingKevin O'Brien

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