The Netherlands smashed the record for most sixes in an innings on its way to upsetting Ireland in Sylhet on Friday, romping into the Super-10 stage in the ICC 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.

Its big victory means the Netherlands qualifies for the Super-10 from Group B at the expense of more fancied Zimbabwe and Ireland.

The Netherlands joins 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 reach the target in 14.2 overs and it owed its 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 which beat Zimbabwe in its opening match but it failed to stop the rampaging Dutch led by Myburgh.

Myburgh was in a punishing mood as he smashed three 6s 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.

Ireland had raced to its second highest Twenty20 total of 189 for four with Andrew Poynter hitting a 38-ball 57 while Kevin O’Brien knocked a whirlwind 16-ball 42 to punish a hapless Dutch attack.

Earlier, Elton Chigumbura struck a fiery half-century to help Zimbabwe achieve a five-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in Sylhet.

Chigumbura smashed three sixes and six boundaries in his 21-ball 53 not out to lift Zimbabwe from a struggling 34 for four and surpass a modest 117-run target in 13.4 overs.

The scores : UAE 116 for nine in 20 overs (Swapnil Patil 30, Khurran Khan 26, S. Williams three for 15) lost to Zimbabwe 118 for five in 13.4 overs (E. Chigumbura 56 n.o., M. Guruge two for 18).

Ireland 189 for four in 20 overs (A. Poynter 57, W. Porterfield 47, K. O’Brien 42 n,o., Ahsan Malik two for 26) lost to the Netherlands 193 for four in 13.5 overs (S. Myburgh 63, T. Cooper 45, A. Barresi 40 n.o.). — Agencies

Raining sixes

In all 30 sixes were hit in the Netherlands vs Ireland match, beating the previous record of 24 in the New Zealand-India encounter at Christchurch in 2009

The Netherlands (19) rewrote Australia’s record (18, vs England, Southampton, 2013) for most sixes in a Twenty20 innings

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