ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Group A, Abu Dhabi November 17, 2013

All-round Namibia secure first win

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Namibia 163 for 4 (Burger 43, Williams 37*) beat USA 120 for 8 (Taylor 44, Scholtz 2-18) by 35 runs

An all-round performance from Sarel Burger powered Namibia to an easy 35-run victory over USA, their first in the competition. Burger scored a 36-ball 43 that included two sixes and a four, and added 76 for the fourth wicket with Craig Williams, as Namibia finished on 163 for 4. He then bowled a tight spell of 4-0-16-1 to put pressure on USA during their chase.

USA lost regular wickets throughout the chase and a 34-ball 44 from the opener Steven Taylor aside, no one else produced a significant score. Bernard Scholtz and JJ Smit picked up two wicket each, as USA managed 120 from their 20 overs.

Ireland 138 for 5 (Wilson 53*, Kevin O'Brien 47, Silva 2-23) beat UAE 133 (Khurram 35, Mustafa 27, Sorensen 2-17)

UAE came close to pulling off an upset, but Ireland held their nerve to register five-run win in Abu Dhabi, their second tight win in two days.

UAE, helped by handy contributions from Khurram Khan and Rohan Mustafa, were 129 for 6 in the 19th over, 10 run away from a win. But in the next six balls, they lost four wickets for just four runs giving Ireland their third straight win in the competition. George Dockrell and Max Sorensen picked up two wickets apiece for the visitors.

Ireland, choosing to bat, were earlier propelled by Gary Wilson's first T20I fifty, and his 92-run fourth-wicket stand with Kevin O'Brien, that took the team to 138 for 5.

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  • Dibakar on November 18, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Are these matches telecasting in any Channel.. would love to see these match.

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Ireland v UAE doesn't count as a T20I so Wilson doesn't have any T20I fifties. Only games between Kenya, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Afghanistan and Canada currently have full International status.

  • Joe on November 17, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Another good win for Ireland who as Gary Wilson said are showing the strength in the team by winning despite playing below their best. It is to be hoped that they can start to get back to their best in the remaining group matches as there are teams lurking there capable of pulling of the sort of results against the rankings we are seeing over in the other group. Keep it up Ireland.

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