Monday 26 September 2016

Murtagh hoping to shine under lights

David Townsend

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

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Murtagh: "I think there’s going to be some pretty exciting games to come"

Tim Murtagh expects Ireland to be "alright on the night" when their World T20 campaign opens against Oman in Dharamsala on Wednesday, after suffering contrasting fortunes in two warm-up matches ahead of the biennial tournament which is being staged across India.

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The veteran seamer preferred bowling after dark when Ireland romped to a 10-wicket victory over Hong Kong on Thursday, than in less helpful daylight conditions that saw Zimbabwe inflict a six-wicket defeat on the Boys in Green on Saturday.

Murtagh exploited movement under the lights to bowl a maiden and take 2-21 as Hong Kong were restricted to 120-7 but with less to work with in the sun, his two overs went for 17 and he could do nothing to prevent Zimbabwe overhauling Ireland's 155-8 with 13 balls to spare.

"The other night was sort of nice for bowling," Murtagh said. "The ball swung around under the floodlights, and our first two games in the tournament are under lights, so I think it will do a little bit more through the air in those matches.

"Against Zimbabwe in the daytime it didn't quite do as much. We are playing on pretty good wickets but when the lights come on and the dew comes, the ball starts to skid on quite nicely to the bat. I think there's going to be some pretty exciting games to come."

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