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Ireland crashed out of the ICC World Twenty20 following an amazing onslaught from the Netherlands batsmen who chased down 190 to win in just 13.5 overs.

It had seemed an unlikely scenario at the half-way stage, as following Zimbabwe's emphatic win against the UAE, it meant the Dutch would need to pass what looked a daunting Irish total of 189-4 in just 14.2 overs to overhaul their net run rate and top the group.

What followed though was absolute carnage as The Netherlands scored the quickest first 100 runs in T20 International cricket, hitting the most sixes - a quite incredible 19, leaving the Ireland bowling attack shell-shocked.

Man of the Match Stephan Myburgh scored the second quickest T20I half century, taking just 17 balls, sharing an opening stand of 91 with skipper Peter Borren (31).

Myburgh's 63 came from just 23 balls, which saw him clear the ropes an incredible seven times in a whirlwind knock.

He and skipper Borren's controlled clean striking gave their team-mates the belief that the seemingly impossible was achievable, and once they grasped the initiative, they never relinquished it.

Logan Van Beek went cheaply - a second wicket for Kevin O'Brien - but Irish heads dropped when Tom Cooper survived a dropped chance when he had made just a single to smash 45 from just 15 balls (1 four, 6 sixes) to take his team to the brink.

He crashed four consecutive sixes off left-armer George Dockrell before being caught in the deep by O'Brien off the bowling of Tim Murtagh with victory in sight.

It was left to Wesley Barresi whose unbeaten 40 from 22 balls included 3 fours and 3 sixes to strike the winning runs to spark off great scenes of jubiliation amongst the Dutch camp.

Earlier, Ireland's total had been built around a century partnership in just 44 balls between Andrew Poynter and Kevin O'Brien.

Clontarf batsman Poynter's 57 in just 38 balls contained 4 fours and 4 sixes, but that was almost pedestrian compared to O'Brien's blitzkrieg which saw him make 42 not out in just 16 balls (2 fours, 4 sixes).

Their powerful striking saw Ireland strike 11 maximums of their own taking full advantage of the shortish boundaries and excellent batting track.

The pair had built on the solid foundations offered by William Porterfield (47) and Ed Joyce (28).

However, the Irish efforts were completely overshadowed by the events which followed in the second half of a quite amazing encounter.

The Netherlands move on to Chittagong where they will face New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and England - whom they famously defeated at Lord's in this competition in 2009.

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