ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Group B, Dubai November 20, 2013

All-round Afghanistan thump Bermuda

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Afghanistan 104 for 2 (Shahzad 60*) beat Bermuda 101 (Shenwari 3-20, Sadiq 2-16) by eight wickets

An unbeaten half-century by the opener Mohammad Shahzad completed an all-round performance by Afghanistan, as they thumped Bermuda in a Group B match in Dubai. Shahzad's 36-ball 60, which included nine fours and two sixes, helped Afghanistan overhaul the middling target of 102 with 10.1 overs to spare, and secure their third win in the competition.

Shahzad added 42 for the first wicket with Nawroz Mangal before compiling a quick 56 for the second with Mohammad Nabi, who blasted a 16-ball 33. Nabi hit three sixes and two fours, but was caught by Janeiro Tucker off his own bowling, when Afghanistan were four runs away from the target.

In the first half of the match, it was the Afghanistan spinners who bowled restrictive spells and picked up seven of the ten Bermuda wickets. Samiullah Shenwari was the most successful with three wickets, while Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Nabi picked up two wickets apiece. Only three batsmen managed double-digit scores from Bermuda as, they were bowled out in 18.1 overs.

Netherlands 110 for 5 (Myburgh 31, Regmi 3-12) beat Nepal 107 for 6 (Malla 44, Bukhari 3-15) by five wickets

Netherlands moved to the top of Group B with a five-wicket victory against Nepal, though second-placed Afghanistan are trailing by two points with a game in hand. Netherlands' bowlers set up the victory after Peter Borren won the toss, ensuring Nepal's run-rate did not escalate throughout the innings.

Nepal were reduced to 36 for 3, and after a 60-run stand for the fourth-wicket, they slipped again from 96 for 3 to 105 for 6. Gyanendra Malla, Nepal's top scorer, used 55 balls to score 44. Mudassar Bukhari took 3 for 15 for Netherlands.

Netherlands got off to a fast start in their chase, and by the time the openers were dismissed, they had scored 45 in six overs. Stephan Myburgh made 31 off 20 balls and was the top scorer. The rest of the Netherlands batting order made useful contributions, and Eric Szwarczynski was unbeaten on 21 when the winning runs were scored with 22 balls to spare.

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  • Joe on November 20, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @Rishabh Srivastava Why single out Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to play a qualifying group? What makes them the 2 'full members' that are forced to do it? Zimbabwe I can understand based on their current world ranking in T20, but why Bangladesh? They are the hosts and should be granted a place in finals based on that alone Oh yes the ICC rankings have Aus 8th Ire 9th Afg 10th Bang 11th with Zimbawe languishing in 14th place. So why then if you are going to tell me its about rankings why are Bang and Zim not being made to play in THIS qualifying tournament? Surely in a GLOBAL T20 tournament the basis for qualify should be based on world ranking in that format not the test rankings that these teams are not even allowed to compete in?

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    ICC is doing a lot to promote associate nations in last 15 years ...people should not forget this fact. There was no Intercontinental cup, no world cricket league earlier. Cricket is a complex game and it takes years of continous development to be competitive at world level. With the advent of 20-20 , all teams are now getting sufficient opportunities. Its actually good for teams here to join bangaldesh and zimbabwe and get great exposure on T.V. and get to play3-4 matches and they also have chance of winning a few games. There was no point directly qualifying them and them getting bashed up for 2 games from heavyweights.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    I do not think ICC is really looking to promote this game, because they are making things tougher for other Nations to take a part in. If I do not see my team to play at least in some World stage, I am no gonna be cricket lover anymore and I think the same would be for most other people or Nations, because this human Nature. In fact in other sports, the chief commety for the relavant or particular sporst, are trying to provide chances,facilities, encouragements, and so on to develope the game, but with ICC it is different or upside down. Cricket Fans like me are bored by watching these 10 or 12 teams taken on each other on and on. Come on ICC, put some spice in this game. At the End Well done Afghanistan.

  • Joe on November 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    @LLka, why all the negative comments about Afghanistan? They and similarly Nepal have had a meteoric rise up the World Cricket leagues. Their achievements deserve respect and admiration. I would like top see both qualify for the T20WC it is only a shame that the ICC have seen fit to turn a 16 team WC into an 8 team Qualifier for a 10 team actual tournament. It is testament to the strength of the so called 'Minnow Teams' that ALL of the elite full members fear them so much they refuse to face them in a full world cup in a format the best suits the skill of these teams.

  • Azooz on November 20, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Afghanistan going well apart from Dutch's match. we gonna top the table and that's what we are looking for. Captain cool is EPIC !

  • Android on November 20, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Go Afghanistan Go

  • Pranto on November 20, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Afghanistan will not get a chance to play against big teams because icc have changed the rule.they will meet bangladesh or zimbabwe and beat them to quallify .iam sure this is big ask for them to this minnows.

  • Mohammad on November 20, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    The way Afghanistan won was convincing, but I am still concerned over the batting line up. Afghanistan is good team and has good players, but the problem is playing the right player in the right place. We have too many changes in batting line up which affect the players' career badly. Afghanistan has a good game finisher in Gulbadin Naib, and a good hitter in shape of Mohammad Nabi. I think we should bring Hamid Hassan back and leave Karim Sadiq out (though he is also good with the bowling but isn't reliable). The batting line up should be: 1. Mohammad Shahzad 2. Nawroz Mangal 3. Mohammad Nabi 4. Noor Ali Zadran 5. Najibullah Zadran 6. Samiullah Shinwari 7.Shafiqullah Shafaq/Karim Sadiq 8. Gulbadin Naib 9. Hamid Hassan 10. Dawlat Zadran 11. Shapoor Zadran

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Excellent show by Afghan tigers, they beat today Bermuda after one sided match who already played in world cup 2007. Best luck for next games.

  • BHAVESH on November 20, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    @Llka what about Pakistan who where just beaten by Zimbabwe

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