SYLHET, Bangladesh: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 at 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, 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’s 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 equalled 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.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Elton Chigumbura struck a fiery half-century to help Zimbabwe achieve a five-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in Sylhet yeserday, keeping their hopes of reaching the next round alive.
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.
Chigumbura added a match-winning 55 for the sixth wicket with Timycen Maruma who made 22 not out.
Before that Zimbabwe were jolted by left-arm paceman Manjula Guruge (2-18) who dismissed Hamilton Masakadza (two) and Sean Williams (nought) in successive overs Agencies