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Ireland and Afghanistan qualify for ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - Ireland v Hong Kong
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Modified 16 Jan 2019, 16:51 IST
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Ireland and Afghanistan qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 after winning their respective matches in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2014 on Sunday.

Ireland downed Hong Kong by 85 runs for its seventh successive victory while Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 34 runs that gave the Asia side its sixth win in seven matches. Sunday’s results mean Ireland and Afghanistan have topped their respective groups and, as such, have qualified automatically for the event proper.

This is Ireland’s fourth successive qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 after it also played in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 tournaments, whereas for Afghanistan, it will be the third time when it will feature in the event after appearing in the West Indies and Sri Lanka editions.

In the other matches of the day, Canada defeated Italy by five wickets at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; Namibia defeated Uganda by 38 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1; United Arab Emirates (UAE) defeated United States of America (USA) by 14 runs at Abu Dhabi Oval 1; Scotland defeated Denmark by 75 runs at ICC Academy Oval 2, Dubai; and PNG defeated Bermuda by 25 runs at ICC Academy Oval 2.

With four places in the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 still up for grabs, Hong Kong will now face Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will square off against the Netherlands on Wednesday 27 November with the two winners also qualifying for the Bangladesh event that will be staged from 16 March to 6 April. Both the matches will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Also on Wednesday 27 November, Namibia will take on Papua New Guinea (PNG) at Abu Dhabi Oval 1 and Scotland will face off Italy Abu Dhabi Oval 2.

On Thursday 28 November, the winners of Namibia-PNG and Scotland-Italy matches will lock horns against the losers of Hong Kong-Nepal and UAE-Netherlands matches, in cross-over games at Zayed Cricket Stadium, with the two winners completing the line-up of the six qualifiers for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.

At Zayed Cricket Stadium, Paul Stirling was in devastating form when he smashed a 46-ball 77 with five fours and a six and then returned figures of 4-0-10-4 to help Ireland collect its 17th consecutive victory in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. Ireland had last lost in this competition on 13 March 2012 when it was defeated by Namibia by four runs.

Electing to bat first, Stirling and William Porterfield (38) put on 91 runs for the first wicket, while for the fourth wicket Kevin O’Brien (62 off 27 balls with three fours and five sixes) and Gary Wilson (19) added 39 runs for the fourth wicket in almost two overs.

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Ireland scored 70 runs off the last five overs, including 24 off the final over in which O’Brien clobbered three sixes and a four off Munir Dar who finished with figures of one for 49.

Hong Kong made a brisk start and reached 92 for two in the 10th over before Stirling got his acts together and broke the batting side’s back by claiming the wickets of Jamie Atkinson (48), Nizakat Khan (13), Mark Chapman (one) and Tanwir Afzal (two) as Hong Kong was bowled out for 122 in 17.1 overs with the last eight wickets falling for 30 runs in just over seven overs.

Stirling was well supported by left-arm spinner George Dockrell who picked up the scalps of Munir Dar (seven) and Aizaz Khan (six).

At Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Afghanistan batted first and collected 148 for nine from the stipulated 20 overs. Noor Ali Zadran with a 48-ball 50 (4×4, 1×6) starred in the innings as he also featured in a 48-run second wicket partnership with Karim Sadiq (30). Najibullah Zadran’s vital 25-ball 33 helped Afghanistan post a competitive score on the board.

Kenya, in its chase, was spun out by Samiullah Shenwari who recorded his Twenty International (T20I) best figures of five for 13 as the African side was bowled out for 114 with 10 balls to spare.

Rakep Patel was the only batsman to offer any resistance when he scored 52 off 38 balls with two fours and three sixes, while Steve Tikolo was the other batsman to reach the 20-mark when he slapped five fours in a 20-ball 25.

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For full match reports from each of today’s matches, please click here.

Scores in brief:

At Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Italy 104-6, 20 overs (Damian Crowley 61; Jeremy Gordon 3-15)

Canada 105-5, 19.2 overs (Rizwan Cheema 34, Jimmy Hansra 32; Shan Munasinghe 3-18)

Result: Canada won by five wickets

Man of the Match: Jeremy Gordon

At Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Ireland 207-4, 20 overs (Paul Stirling 77, Kevin O’Brien 62 not out, William Porterfield 38; Nizakat Khan 2-36)

Hong Kong 122 all out, 17.1 overs (Jamie Atkinson 48; Paul Stirling 4-10, George Dockrell 2-18)

Result: Ireland won by 85 runs

Man of the Match: Paul Stirling

At Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi

Namibia 125-7, 20 overs (Nicolaas Scholtz 38, Sarel Burger 34; Charles Waiswa 2-26)

Uganda 87-9, 20 overs (Phillimon Mukobe 35; LP van der Westhuizen 3-12, Bernard Scholtz 3-18, Louis Klazinga 2-15)

Result: Namibia won by 38 runs

Man of the Match: Bernard Scholtz

At Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi

UAE 151-5, 20 overs (Khurram Khan 61 not out, Mohammad Azam 28; Karan Ganesh 2-21, Danial Ahmed 2-32)

USA 137-7, 20 overs (Steven Taylor 42, Karan Ganesh 22; Khurram Khan 3-30, Shadeep Silva 2-16)

Result: UAE won by 14 runs

Man of the Match: Khurram Khan

At ICC Academy Oval 2, Dubai

Scotland 205-4, 20 overs (Matt Machan 90 not out, Calum MacLeod 41, Michael Leask 41)

Denmark 130-6, 20 overs (Carsten Pedersen 43, Hamid Shah 25)

Result: Scotland won by 75 runs

Man of the Match: Matt Machan

At ICC Academy Oval 2, Dubai

PNG 168-5, 20 overs (Mahuru Dai 64 not out, Tony Ura 47, Charles Amini 32 not out; Malachi Jones 2-28)

Bermuda 143-9, 20 overs (David Hemp 64; Janeiro Tucker 42; Willie Gavera 3-17, Christopher Amini 2-25, John Reva 2-26)

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Result: PNG won by 25 runs

Man of the Match: Mahuru Dai

At Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Afghanistan 148-9, 20 overs (Noor Ali Zadran 50, Najibullah Zadran 33, Karim Sadiq 33; Duncan Allan 2-8, Collins Obuya 2-11)

Kenya 114 all out, 18.2 overs (Rakep Patel 52, Steve Tikolo 25; Samiullah Shenwari 5-13, Merwais Ashraf 2-27)

Result: Afghanistan won by 34 runs

Man of the Match: Samiullah Shenwari

Published 24 Nov 2013, 21:45 IST
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