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World exit just latest cruel blow

Boyd Rankin's world view

This is becoming a habit, and not a very nice one. For the third time in four World Twenty20 campaigns - and I have been involved in all of them - Ireland are having to leave the tournament because a game was abandoned by rain.

In the West Indies six years ago we were in a great position to beat England which would have kept us in the competition and in 2012 in Sri Lanka it was the same opposition and the same no-result.

And yesterday in Dharamsala, when we had to beat Bangladesh to give ourselves a chance of reaching the Super 10 stage, the rain toyed with us all day but had the final say. It means our game against the Netherlands tomorrow (9.30am GMT on Sky Sports 2) will be our last in the tournament and we will all be heading home on Monday.

At one stage when the rain was pelting down, it seemed impossible that we would get any play at all - the first game between Oman and the Dutch was abandoned without a ball bowled - but it dried up and we got a start at 9.15pm, reduced to 12 overs a side.

William Porterfield won the toss and we knew Bangladesh were going to come hard and it was going to be difficult if we didn't take wickets up front. But the ball seemed to be coming on well and they were able to free their arms.

When the rain arrived again, after just eight overs, they were 94 for two with Andy McBrine and George Dockrell the wicket-takers.

We would have been chasing around 70-80 in five overs if we had have got out again and who knows what might have happened, but it wasn't meant to be.

The bottom line, though, is that it was the defeat on Wednesday against Oman which cost us.

They played well in patches and took the game to us in the powerplay overs and once we didn't get a wicket in those first few overs they had a licence to play their shots.

We were 10-15 runs short with the bat, yet we still found our way back with the ball and going into the last five overs we had a chance to win it, but a couple of overs cost us.

Max Sorensen got a lot of stick for the last over and was disappointed. We were all gutted for him because he felt he let the side down, but we win as a team and lose as a team.

We needed a couple of dot balls, but in a high pressure situation these things happen and, in general, on the day we just weren't at our best.

Back to yesterday, I don't understand why there isn't a reserve day for rain-affected games. It's a pretty harsh way to go out and all you want is for two teams to have 20 overs and the best team wins.

Now all we have left is tomorrow's last group game and while there is nothing riding on it, it is still a T20 international and if we play well we should beat the Dutch. We want to finish on a high.

As for me, there's not much time off. When I head back it's straight into the build-up to the county season with Warwickshire so there's a lot of cricket and I want to keep myself fit and strong for the summer internationals.

It's three months before the Ireland players are together again, for the games against Sri Lanka in June, and we have two more against Pakistan and the important I-Cup match against Hong Kong at the back end of the season.

We still have Test cricket as a prize if we can win that tournament so there is still plenty to look forward to.

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