ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Group B November 24, 2013

Afghanistan qualify, PNG and Scotland stay alive

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan 148 for 9 (Zadran 50) beat Kenya 114 (Patel 52, Shenwari 5-13) by 34 runs

Kenya failed to win what was a must-win game for them against Afghanistan, meaning they are out of the running for a spot in the 2014 World Twenty20. Afghanistan's victory meant they topped Group B and ensured their passage into the showpiece Twenty20 event in Bangladesh next year, irrespective of what happens in the playoffs that follow this round.

The victory was a relatively straightforward one for Afghanistan, built on a half-century by No. 3 Noor Ali Zadran and a five-for from legspinner Samiullah Shenwari. Afghanistan were dealt an early blow after choosing to bat, but Zadran and Karim Sadiq counterattacked with 48 in 4.4 overs. After Sadiq fell for 30, Zadran held the innings together. He was out in the penultimate over of the innings, lbw for 50 to Collins Obuya, but by then Afghanistan were well on their way to a competitive total. They ended with 148 for 9.

After a brief sparkle from Kenya's openers, Shenwari proceeded to carve up their top and middle order - he claimed five of the top seven batsmen, and was on a hat-trick at one point of his spell. Kenya never looked like chasing down the total towards the end, despite a half-century from Rakep Patel, and fell well short, bowled out for 114 in 18.2 overs.

Papua New Guinea 168 for 5 (Dai 64*, Ura 47) beat Bermuda 143 for 9 (Hemp 64, Tucker 42, Gavera 3-17)

Papua New Guinea fought their way to a 25-run victory over Bermuda to ensure they stayed in the race for a place in the World Twenty20 2014. Their victory, coupled with Kenya's loss to Afghanistan, meant PNG finished at No. 5 on the Group B points table and edged out Kenya - who finished sixth - for the final spot in the playoffs.

PNG chose to bat and were off to a disastrous start, reduced to 3 for 9 and 4 for 26, before the middle order rescued the innings alongside opener Tony Ura. First Ura was involved in a 76-run stand with Mahuru Dai - who top scored with 64 - at close to nine an over. Then, when Ura fell three short of a half-century, Dai carried the innings forward with Charles Amini. They added 66 in 6.5 overs to lift the team to 168 for 5.

They might have been a tad worried defending that total, with Bermuda at 107 for 2 - the platform for the chase was laid by David Hemp and Janeiro Tucker, who scored 63 in partnership - in the 14th over, but a slide ensued. The Amini brothers, Chris and Charles, were chiefly responsible for that collapse. First Charles removed the well-set Tucker with his legspin, before seamer Chris picked up a wicket and effected a run-out to all but seal the game for PNG.

With two wins in seven games, Bermuda finished second from last in Group B and are out of the running for a place in the World T20.

Scotland 205 for 3 (Machan 90*) beat Denmark 130 for 6 (Pedersen 43) by 75 runs

Scotland beat Denmark by 75 runs to finish in fourth place to keep their chances of qualifying for the World Twenty20 alive. The finish guarantees them a place in the playoffs that begin next week.

Scotland chose to bat and were in trouble early on, losing opener Richie Berrington for 4. It was a minor blip, however, as Matt Machan's second successive half-century set the foundation for a big total. Machan had two big partnerships - a 99-run second-wicket stand with Calum MacLeod and 62-run third wicket stand with Michael Leask that came in just 5.3 overs. Machan finished unbeaten on 90 off 55 balls, with nine fours and four sixes as Scotland finished on a strong 205 for 3.

Faced with a steep target, Denmark struggled throughout, losing wickets regularly. Carsten Pedersen top-scored with 43 off 48 balls as the side crashed to their sixth loss in the tournament to finish last in Group B.

The other teams to make it to the playoff from the group were Netherlands and Nepal.

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  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Well done afghan boys.so its not enough keep foward and we praying for our national heroes .

  • Android on November 25, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    thanks to Afghanistan for beating Kenya and thanks to Denmark to score 130 which makes Scotland Run rate just below Nepal. those results makes Nepal secure 3rd place in group. Now nepal need only one game to win for entry to world cup.......

  • Mohammad on November 25, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Congratulations to Afghanistan for QUALIFYING to the T20 World Cup 2014. One thing I still recommend to Afghan Team is that they should learn how to be patient and leave the bad balls go away. Some of our batsmen still poke at every delivery and they get OUT. We have gotten a great bunch of players that can turn any match. The batting order is currently good. We should bring Izzatullah Dawlatzai back for few games. He is a talented boy and deserves a chance. As we have too many options for batting, so I would prefer him over Karim Sadiq or Shafaq who hasn't contributed much in this tournament. Hope Afghanistan finishes on top in the qualifying matches that would be played in Bangladesh to compete with the top 8 teams.

  • Ahmad on November 25, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Team AFG was a little shaky at the beginning but, managed to hold their nerves from then on and the result is, they qualified to 2014 t20 world cup. but the task is yet not achieved they have to win the tournament and after that they have to beat either bangladesh or zimbabwe, from where they can meet the big guns of cricket in second round of world cup.

    I hope AFG could qualify to 2nd round of world cup and present some great upsets.. to team AFG go all the way to Bangladesh!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    For third successive time Afghanistan qualified for T20 World cup. That 's encouraging for Afghan Cricket Board, Young afghan players, and Specially The ICC to invest more confidently in these Associate teams for cricket growth.

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Let's play rematch afanistan against Nepal on semi fiinal... This time no mercy........

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    well done afganistan....from bd

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    congrats!!! Afghanistan for qualified and best of luck too for World cup T20 2014 From:-NEPAL

  • Pranto on November 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Well.afghan cans dont look too ahead.just do what you r doing.bangladesh gave your players chance to play in their leauge.thats why they r winning against weak teams.

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Bangladesh!!! Be ready we are comming with our full strength to upset you in your own home land not only you, might some more world's best team as well.

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