ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Group A November 16, 2013

Azam leads UAE to victory

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UAE 121 for 5 (Azam 51, Scholtz 2-25) beat Namibia 120 for 9 (Viljoen 35, Mustafa 3-14)

UAE's bowlers restricted Namibia to a middling total, which their batsmen chased with an over to spare to record their second win of the competition. After winning the toss, UAE reduced to 81 for 9 before the last-wicket partnership propped up the score to 120. Opener Christi Viljoen top scored with 35, while JJ Smit made 23 at No. 9. No one between them reached double figures. Rohan Mustafa was the pick of UAE's bowlers, taking 3 for 14 in four overs.

Mohammad Azam led UAE's chase with a half-century, making 51 off 56 balls. Though they lost wickets at regular intervals after a steady start, UAE had enough resources to fall back on. Their captain Khurram Khan contributed 23 to a victory that was sealed in 19 overs.

Ireland 168 for 5 (Johnston 39*, Hansra 2-24) beat Canada 166 for 3 (Bagai 67*, Gunasekera 65, Sorensen 2-23) by two runs

Ireland's Alex Cusack held his nerve in the last over to hand Canada their second loss in the tournament. Cusack was defending 14 runs against two set batsmen and was hit for a six off the third delivery that brought down the equation to seven off three balls for Canada. But he gave away only four runs in the next three deliveries. Canada's Ashish Bagai and Ruvindu Gunasekera both scored half-centuries and shared a 125-run partnership after they had lost two wickets off the first two balls of the innings, but ran out of steam. Ireland were put into bat and lost two early wicket, but Kevin O'Brien and Niall O'Brien resurrected the innings with a 58-run stand before Trent Johnston's quick 39 pushed the total to 166.

Hong Kong 107 for 6 (Afzal 26*, Mukasa 4-23) beat Uganda 105 (Okia 31, Afzal 3-12) by four wickets

Tanwir Afzal starred with both bat and ball to help Hong Kong edge past Uganda in a tight match in Abu Dhabi. Afzal smashed 26 off 12 balls from No 8 after Hong Kong had been reduced to 69 for 6 in chase of 106. He hit two sixes and two fours in the innings and shared an unbeaten 34-run stand for the seventh wicket with Nizakat Khan to help the team cross the target with 11 balls to spare. Earlier, Afzal bowled a tight spell of 4-1-12-3 to restrict Uganda to 105. His three wickets came in the space of seven deliveries early in the innings and Uganda never picked up momentum in the innings as they lost regular wickets.

Italy 163 for 4 (Berg 90) beat USA 160 for 5 (Taylor 91) by six wickets

A rapid innings by Italy opener Gareth Berg laid the foundation of Italy's solid win against USA in a Group A match in Abu Dhabi. Berg smashed 15 fours and one six in his 47-ball 90 and helped Italy race to 112 in the 13th over by the time he was dismissed. Italy were left with 49 to get from seven overs and Carl Sandri hit 27 off 16 balls to ensure they got to the target with four balls to spare. USA's innings was symmetrical to Italy's with Steven Taylor scoring 91 in 56 deliveries, that included five sixes, but the target proved to be just short.

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  • Pierre on November 16, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Agree with Jonah58 re lack of T V coverage . The LIVE streamingby ICC is a big plus .But in the case of 3 countries in this fascinating 20/20 tournament ICC opted not to broadcast any of their matches on LIVE streaming. Zero. Not a single match.ICC choose the Venues and the Pool Matches to be LIVE streamed around the World. Most of the 16 countries playing have 2 and a favoured few 4 matches LIVE streamed during the Group stage.What have the fans and supporters of those 3 outcasts, with no LIVE coverage at all, done to deserve this invisibility ?

  • Joe on November 16, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Crunch time tomorrow in the UAE v Ireland match this must surely be the decider for the winners for the group Ireland seem to be winning despite not playing their best cricket and UAE should never be underestimated. Its a real shame that the ICC did not see this as a match worthy of televising. It wont be the same following text commentary. But what a great tournament this has been so far especially seeing the upsets taking place in the other group. i cannot believe some major broadcaster did not think there would be no interest from cricket fans to follow these matches.

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