ICC World T20 Qualifier November 27, 2013

Four more World T20 spots up for grabs

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The ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier heads into the home stretch this week with eight teams battling it out for the four remaining spots at the main event in Bangladesh next year. Afghanistan and Ireland have already clinched berths for the ICC World Twenty20 after finishing at the top of their respective groups while those placed two through five in each group will now play crossover games in an attempt to grab the other berths available.

Asian rivals Hong Kong and Nepal square off in the first match of the second phase. Despite being a few rungs below Hong Kong in the international rankings, Nepal has had their number in the Paras Khadka era, going 6-2 in limited-overs contests against Hong Kong since 2006. In their most recent contest earlier this year, Hong Kong defeated Nepal by six wickets in a Twenty20. Both teams have solid batting lineups, but the leading lights for Nepal have strong records against Hong Kong, particularly Khadka. The winner of this game will qualify for the World T20 but the loser will have a second chance to qualify.

Namibia and Papua New Guinea square off in the first elimination match. After impressive wins over Kenya and the Netherlands, PNG backed their way into the playoffs with a final day win over Bermuda. Namibia started off a pair of losses to Ireland and the UAE before righting their ship later in the group stage. Even though Namibia finished fourth in Group A and PNG fifth in Group B, PNG performed far more impressively, with opener Tony Ura, who finished group play tied for second with Ireland's William Porterfield on the runs list, catalyst to their success. They are expected to KO Namibia to set up a date with the loser of the Nepal v Hong Kong match for another dig at the qualifying spot on Thursday.

On the other side of the playoff draw, the Netherlands will take on the hosts UAE for an automatic berth at the World Twenty20. The Dutch side made an emphatic statement against Afghanistan to open the tournament, then faltered against PNG and Scotland. UAE's batting lineup isn't as strong as the Netherlands, but their spinners should continue to exploit home conditions. The Netherlands are also at a disadvantage with left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar ruled out due to a dislocated left shoulder.

Scotland take on Italy in an elimination game to set up the winner of which will take on the loser of the UAE v Netherlands game on Thursday. At one point Scotland looked like they had no chance of reaching the playoffs after three losses in their first four games. Matt Machan's batting lifted the team up in the latter portion of group play, allowing them to claim fourth place in Group B. He finished the first round as the leading scorer in the tournament with 301 runs at an average of 60.20 and his efforts went a long way to ensure Scotland avoided the same embarrassment experienced by Kenya and Canada, the only two of the six ODI Associate nations who failed to advance to the playoffs. Italy finished fifth in a weak Group A and with Scotland riding a hot streak after three straight wins it's hard to see how Scotland won't come out on top.

Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent. He tweets here

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  • IndTheBest on November 28, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Congratulations to the team which are selected! News on which teams are qualified are some what confused. After reading various news I concluded that Afghanistan, Ireland, Nepal and UAE are already through. Netherlands and HK will play each other tomorrow to clinch the 5th available spot.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Congrats....that is just awesome.....Keep it going Nepal!!!

  • Shariful-Islam on November 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Congratulation Nepal from Bangladesh. Wish to Best rest of the match.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 27, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    well done Nepal and congratulations from Pakistan.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    We are so so so happy .we love nepali cticket team .

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Congratulation to Nepali players, coaches, manager, staff and all Nepali Cricket Fans, supporters, followers.......yes we did it and created a history in Nepali cricket we are in the World cup.......hip hip hurayyyyyy !!!!!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Nail-biter!!! Marvellous!!! Congratulation to both teams! That was a great game! At the end, Nepal played better and won! Great Game!!! Now, 3 more tasks for Nepali team; win the T20 qualifiers tournament, secure the spot for one day and qualify for one day world cup! Yes we can do it!!! Go Nepal Go!!!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Congratulations Nepal...

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Its Dream comes TRUE, Thank you Guys, we nepalese are very proud of you. All the best for commencing match.

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Congratulations Nepal.... We are proud of our great players... You made it.. Our dream come true..... Hats off to Nepalese Cricket Players....especially Jitendra Mukhiya....

  • IndTheBest on November 28, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Congratulations to the team which are selected! News on which teams are qualified are some what confused. After reading various news I concluded that Afghanistan, Ireland, Nepal and UAE are already through. Netherlands and HK will play each other tomorrow to clinch the 5th available spot.

  • on November 27, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Congrats....that is just awesome.....Keep it going Nepal!!!

  • Shariful-Islam on November 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Congratulation Nepal from Bangladesh. Wish to Best rest of the match.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 27, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    well done Nepal and congratulations from Pakistan.

  • on November 27, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    We are so so so happy .we love nepali cticket team .

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Congratulation to Nepali players, coaches, manager, staff and all Nepali Cricket Fans, supporters, followers.......yes we did it and created a history in Nepali cricket we are in the World cup.......hip hip hurayyyyyy !!!!!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Nail-biter!!! Marvellous!!! Congratulation to both teams! That was a great game! At the end, Nepal played better and won! Great Game!!! Now, 3 more tasks for Nepali team; win the T20 qualifiers tournament, secure the spot for one day and qualify for one day world cup! Yes we can do it!!! Go Nepal Go!!!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Congratulations Nepal...

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Its Dream comes TRUE, Thank you Guys, we nepalese are very proud of you. All the best for commencing match.

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Congratulations Nepal.... We are proud of our great players... You made it.. Our dream come true..... Hats off to Nepalese Cricket Players....especially Jitendra Mukhiya....

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Nepali cricket team, proud of you!! With our battery of slow bowlers, we might be quite successful in spin-friendly pitches!! Paras Khadka has been the biggest cricketer to come out of Nepal and his leadership has been inspirational!! Glad to see a guy with whom I have played few times (Veswakar) doing wonders, he is matured finisher. Khakurel and Malla are doing well too!! Karn was great!! Its just the beginning!! Lets party today and go back to practice tomorrow!!! And much love to the bowler who bowled the no ball in 19.2, whole Nepal loves him!!!!!!!! Yippee, 2014 WCT20, Bangladesh, here we come.

  • SapnerJadukar on November 27, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Congratulations to Nepal for their historical win and qualifying ICC World Cup T20 2014. Wish you good luck. From Bangladesh.

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    dream came true.... ticket to bangladesh ... sing it :D

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    yaaahooooo..we did it we did it ......<3 NEPAL <3 proud to be NEPALI

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Great game by both teams. but it was Nepal victorious yet again,,and proving why they should be in Worldcup T 20, this will not only be a benchmark for t20's but for upcoming ODI qualifying games..love #nepali Cricket #Love Nepal

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    finally we nepal popularly known as himalayan giant ,did in our way to reach world cup ...but there is no any sort of smug . we have a semifinal game in ours hand..again it is afghanistan ....afghans we r goonna to beat u guys.. very very enthusiastic ..we have done it ..

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    ...and we'll be playing with the bests in B'desh...

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Nepal Nepal Nepal wow we can see Nepalise team in T20 world cup 2014

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    and we did it...!!!!! HIP HIP HURRY now its time to win this title toooo so, best of luck to my team!!!!!!

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Historic day for Nepal and Nepali cricket.... Congratulations to Nepal, Nepali cricket team.... Now its being 7-2 with Hong Kong. All players are real Heros of team and ofcourse Paras Khadka :) Great day in Nepal n Nepali Sports history :) :)

  • Anil_Koshy on November 27, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    It is unfair to compare Nepal with Hong Kong, Nepal is a team comprising of hard working players, who played their heart out today. Hong Kong is not a team at all, they are a bunch of borrowed cricketers from other countries, so wishing all the very best to Nepal and Paras.

  • Rabindra_Dahal on November 27, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    What a nail biting games between Nepal & Hongkong, i ws getting goosebumps. C'mon guys l8s show what Nepal can do & congrc in win.

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    And Nepal goes to ICC World Twenty20 2014

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    And we won the match. Nepal did it

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    well done nepal. proud to be nepali, congratulations to the team and all countrymen.

  • fifer on November 27, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    would love to see Nepal PNG & Italy qualify......

  • kkk999 on November 27, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    nepal dutch namibia scotland shold qualify...

  • hotcric01 on November 27, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    It should be Nepal,Netherlands,PNG and Scotland/UAE.Matt Machan looks like an experienced international batsman.Congratulations to him.

  • on November 27, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    I was shocked not seeing the team like Kenya in the battle for wc t20 which will be staged in Bangladesh later this year. My best performer in associated members is S Tokolo, but i have to miss him. He is also very good friend of BD cricket. He is now 43 and this was his last chance to play in WC T20. Bad luck for me as well as the world fans of cricket.

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  • on November 27, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    I was shocked not seeing the team like Kenya in the battle for wc t20 which will be staged in Bangladesh later this year. My best performer in associated members is S Tokolo, but i have to miss him. He is also very good friend of BD cricket. He is now 43 and this was his last chance to play in WC T20. Bad luck for me as well as the world fans of cricket.

  • hotcric01 on November 27, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    It should be Nepal,Netherlands,PNG and Scotland/UAE.Matt Machan looks like an experienced international batsman.Congratulations to him.

  • kkk999 on November 27, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    nepal dutch namibia scotland shold qualify...

  • fifer on November 27, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    would love to see Nepal PNG & Italy qualify......

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    well done nepal. proud to be nepali, congratulations to the team and all countrymen.

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    And we won the match. Nepal did it

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    And Nepal goes to ICC World Twenty20 2014

  • Rabindra_Dahal on November 27, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    What a nail biting games between Nepal & Hongkong, i ws getting goosebumps. C'mon guys l8s show what Nepal can do & congrc in win.

  • Anil_Koshy on November 27, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    It is unfair to compare Nepal with Hong Kong, Nepal is a team comprising of hard working players, who played their heart out today. Hong Kong is not a team at all, they are a bunch of borrowed cricketers from other countries, so wishing all the very best to Nepal and Paras.

  • on November 27, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Historic day for Nepal and Nepali cricket.... Congratulations to Nepal, Nepali cricket team.... Now its being 7-2 with Hong Kong. All players are real Heros of team and ofcourse Paras Khadka :) Great day in Nepal n Nepali Sports history :) :)