It has barely been a day to the start of the T20 World Cup, but one could hardly take his/her eyes off the matches even if the Round 1 games are going on and the main event is yet to be played. While Scotland upsetting Bangladesh a day before was not enough to announce the arrival of the greatest T20 spectacle, Ireland’s Curtis Campher’s brilliance on the field on Monday forced everyone to stick to watch his bowling and laud the player’s performance.
Campher amazed everyone with his bowling as the pacer took as many as four wickets in four balls to change the scenario of the game within minutes. Ireland are currently playing against Netherlands in the 3rd match of Round 1 of ongoing T20 World Cup. With 51/2 in 9.1 overs, Netherlands could have hardly imagined such a downfall, but Campher’s splendid bowling made it possible. He dismissed Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards, and Roelof van der Merwe in successive deliveries to reduce Netherlands to 51/6 in no time.
Campher got his first scalp when Ackermann edged a ball going down the led side. On the second delivery, Doeschate was caught plumb in front of the stumps. A similar delivery outfoxed Edwards who got a clear pad on the ball. However, the onfield umpire felt differently and gave it not out. Sensing it was a wicket, Campher convinced Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie to go for a review which eventually worked in favour of the bowling side and Campher completed his hat-trick.
While many thought that the fun would end on the next ball, van der Merwe made sure the entertainment goes on as he threw his bat to a delivery travelling outside off and chopped it in on his stumps, giving Campher his fourth wicket on the trot.
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Netherlands bundled out for 106
Despite Max ODowd’s 51 off 47, Netherlands could post just 106 on the board in 20 overs. While Campher finished his quota of four over with 4/26, Mark Adair was the another star from the Ireland camp returning figures of 3/9. Joshua Little also picked up a wicket and the rest two batters became victims of run-out.