Canada stun Ireland by 12 runs in T20 WC

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Canada won their first match at any Twenty20 World Cup (WC) when they stunned Ireland by 12 runs in a Group A game in New York Friday.

Defending a target of just 138, the non-Test nation Canada bowled and fielded expertly to hold Ireland to 125/7 from their full 20 overs.

Ireland collapsed spectacularly to 59/6 and come the last five overs they still needed 64 more runs to win – a rate of more than 12 an over.

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George Dockrell (30 not out) and Mark Adair (34) reduced the target to 17 off the last six balls.

But Canada paceman Jeremy Gordon held his nerve superbly, conceding just three runs and dismissing Adair with the second ball of the 20th over when he held a skied caught and bowled chance.