World Twenty20: Coach John Bracewell says Ireland can still qualify for main draw

Ireland coach John Bracewell is upbeat despite the shock defeat by Oman at the World Twenty20 tournament
Ireland coach John Bracewell is upbeat despite the shock defeat by Oman at the World Twenty20 tournament

John Bracewell insists Ireland can still qualify for the main draw of the World Twenty20 despite Wednesday's shock defeat by Oman.

The Irish must beat group favourites Bangladesh on Friday to keep alive hopes of reaching the Super 10 stage of the tournament in India.

Bracewell's side lost by two wickets with two balls to spare by Oman.

"It puts us in a difficult position but it doesn't put us in an impossible one," said the Ireland coach.

Ireland need to beat Bangladesh and the Netherlands in their remaining two fixtures, and hope the Netherlands beat Oman.

"We knew we had to win three games, now with the way the way it is and [playing] Bangladesh tomorrow, we have to narrow the gap by beating them.

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Thrilling last over of Oman's T20 win

"It comes down to the Netherlands game where it could come down to run rate

"They are a good side and will probably tip over Oman, and we could all end up on twos [points] if we win well tomorrow."

Bracewell does not anticipate making many changes to the starting eleven despite losing to the tournament newcomers.

Oman needed 14 off the final over and Max Sorensen endured a terrible spell bowling two no-balls, one of which went for four and another which went for four byes to end the match.

"We are all devastated at the loss, and perhaps the nature of it was quite a shock, it's hit us between the eyes and everyone is a bit disappointed.

"We were 90 per cent delighted with the way we went about our business.

"When you're only losing the game because of 2 overs, I mean that happens in T20 cricket so I don't think we're in a situation where we're going to throw the baby out with the bath water."

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