Previews of Day 10, ICC World T20 Qualifier 2013

GROUP A

1st Match- CANADA v ITALY

Match Facts

Nov 24, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

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© ICC/Cricket Europe

The Big Picture

After Canada’s loss against Namibia and Italy’s shock win over the UAE today, the five spots in Group A have been decided, with only the final positions left to fight for. Nevertheless, Canada would surely like to leave the tournament with a win to assuage some of their pride.

With it looking like Scotland or an inspired Nepal will end up 4th in Group B, Italy would love to win this match and hope Namibia get defeated by Uganda, in order to avoid the resurgent Scots in the play-offs.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

Canada and Italy haven’t played each other in T20s yet.

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© CricketEurope


Watch out for…

Ashish Bagai vs Gayashan Munasinghe

The Canadian skipper would be bitterly disappointed to not end up in top 5 in what was considered to be the easier group. It would be interesting to see how he responds in tomorrow’s match, especially against Italy’s impressive seamer Munasinghe.

Andy Northcote vs Jeremy Gordon
The Italian opener has had a torrid time with the bat. How will he face the pace of the Candian fast bowler?

Team news 

Canada (probable): 1 Hiral Patel, 2 Ruvindu Gunasekara, 3 Ashish Bagai (capt & wk), 4 Jimmy Hansra, 5 Raza-ur-Rehman, 6 Rizwan Cheema, 7 Usman Limbada, 8 Junaid Siddiqui, 9 Harvir Baidwan, 10 Jeremy Gordon, 11 Henry Osinde.

Italy (probable) 1 Gareth Berg, 2 Andy Northcote (wk), 3 Damian Crowley(capt), 4 Peter Petricola, 5 Alessandro Bonora, 6 Michael Raso, 7 Joy Perera, 8 Carl Sandri, 9 Vince Penazza, 10 Gayashan Munasinghe, 11 Dilan Fernando

 

2nd Match- NAMIBIA v UGANDA 

Match Facts

Nov 24, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

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© ICC/Getty

The Big Picture

Despite not looking as impressive as last year, Namibia have churned out results in their favor and are now sitting at 4th. They only need a victory against their African rivals to confirm that place, and face either Papua New Guinea or Kenya in the playoffs. With a comfortable win against Canada, a huge victory here would help their confidence and also send a statement of intent to the Group B teams likely to face it.

Uganda have had a very poor tournament, with almost all of their old failings still present. With a brittle batting order, Ugandan bowlers have tried to drag the team as much as possible, but to no avail. Given that they would face most of these teams in the 2014 World Cup Qualifier, this match would be a golden chance for the batsmen to finally step up and improve their confidence ahead of that crucial tournament.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

16 March 2012 – Namibia 140/5 (20 overs) Uganda 136/6 (20 overs) – Namibia won by 4 runs

Raymond van Schoor’s 60 and Sarel Burger’s 2/15 helped Namibia register a close win.

15 July 2011- Namibia 148/8 (20 overs) Uganda 149/4 (17.4 overs) – Uganda won by 6 wickets

Despite Louis van der Westhuizen’s 52 off 32 balls, Deusdedit Muhumza’s 3/26 and Roger Mukasa’s 42 off 31 balls helped Uganda ease to a comfortable win.

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© CricketEurope


Watch out for..

Raymond van Schoor vs Frank Nsubuga

The Namibian wicket-keeper batsman seems to be getting back in form with his half-century against Canada. His duel with the pick of the Ugandan spinners would be key to Namibia getting a good total.

Hamza Saleh vs Nicolaas Scholtz

The Namibian all-rounder took a five-for with his keg-spin and would love to continue in this vein. Will the Ugandan batsman keep him at bay?

Team news

Namibia (probable) 1 Louis van der Westhuizen, 2 Christi Viljoen, 3 Raymond van Schoor (wk), 4 Craig Williams, 5 Sarel Burger (capt), 6 Jaen Kotze, 7 Gerhard Erasmus, 8 Nicolaas Scholtz, 9 Bernard Scholtz, 10 Louis Klazinga, 11 JJ Smit.

Uganda (probable) 1 Roger Mukasa, 2 Arthur Kyobe, 3 Hamu Bagenda, 4 Hamza Saleh, 5 Richard Okia, 6 Phillemon Mukobe (wk), 7 Patrick Ochan, 8 Davis Karashani (capt),  9 Frank Nsubuga, 10  Brian Masaba, 11 Charles Waiswa.

 

3rd Match- HONG KONG v IRELAND

Match Facts

Nov 24, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

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© HKCA/Travis Pittman

The Big Picture

The battle for automatic qualification. Both the sides have put up professional performances until now and have been clinical, except for a few hiccups on the way. Hong Kong would be hoping that their X-factor might surprise the Irish into getting them a win. Whereas, the Irish would love to maintain its superiority among Associates by direct qualification.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

Hong Kong and Ireland haven’t played each other in T20s yet.

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© CricketEurope


Watch out for…

Irfan Ahmed vs George Dockrell

The aggressive Hong Kong opener would love to target the Irish spinner. Will he succeed in his attempt, or will the spinner fox him?

Kevin O’Brien vs Haseeb Amjad

The Irishman has not scored a big one, despite good starts throughout the tournament. H might try to finally right this tomorrow. Will the impressive Hong Kong fast bowler stop him?

Team news

Hong Kong (probable): 1 Irfan Ahmed, 2 Waqas Barkat, 3 Jamie Atkinson (capt & wk), 4 Mark Chapman, 5 Nizakat Khan, 6 Babar Hayat, 7 Munir Dar, 8 Aizaz Khan, 9 Nadeem Ahmed, 10 Tanwir Afzal, 11 Haseeb Amjad.

Ireland (probable): 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Niall O’Brien, 4 Gary Wilson (wk), 5 Kevin O’Brien, 6 Alex Cusack, 7 John Mooney, 8 Max Sorensen, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 Tim Murtagh, 11 George Dockrell.

 

4th Match- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES v UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Match Facts

Nov 24, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

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© Dreamcricket

The Big Picture

Despite the loss against Italy, the UAE would be feeling confident ahead of their match against the USA and would love to get a win out of their last group match under the belt.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

7 February 2010- United Arab Emirates 141 (19.5 overs) United States of America 142/9 (19.2 overs) – United States of America won by 1 wicket

Timroy Allen’s late charge of 57 off 26 balls helped USA chase down the UAE’s total by 1 wicket.

5 February 2010- United States of America 134/8 (20 overs) United Arab Emirates 135/5 (18.1 overs) – United Arab Emirates won by 5 wickets

The spinners Ahmed Raza and Fayyaz Ahmed combined to take 7 wickets, and Mohammed Iqbal scored a 21 ball 43 helped UAE canter to a win.

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© TheNational

Watch out for…

Rohan Mustafa vs Karan Ganesh

The UAE all-rounder has been instrumental in providing big runs in the death overs. How will he face the economical Ganesh?

Akeem Dodson vs Shadeep Silva

Despite a number of good starts, Dodson hasn’t gone on to convert them into high scores. It will be interesting to see him take on the experienced UAE spinner.

Team news

United Arab Emirates (probable): 1 Mohammad Azam 2 Shaiman Anwar, 3 Swapnil Patil (wk), 4 Saqib Ali, 5 Khurram Khan (capt), 6 Rohan Mustafa, 7 Amjad Javed, 8 Ahmed Raza, 9 Nasir Aziz, 10 Shadeep Silva, 11 Manjula Guruge

United States of America (probable) 1 Steven Taylor, 2 Akeem Dodson (wk), 3 Orlando Baker, 4 Barrington Bartley, 5 Karan Ganesh, 6 Timroy Allen, 7 Elmore Hutchinson, 8 Srinivasa Santhanam, 9 Adam Sanford, 10 Muhammad Ghous, 11 Neil McGarell (capt).

 

GROUP B

1st Match- DENMARK v SCOTLAND

Match Facts

Nov 24, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

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© ICC/Peter Lim

The Big Picture

Unlike Group A, Group B is still wide open, with 3 sides fighting for a place in the play-offs. After a pathetic start, Scotland have rallied from behind with a thumping of PNG and a win over the Dutch. A huge win against Denmark would raise their NRR, and could land them in 3rd spot if other matches’ results go in their favor and gain two chances to go for qualification in the play-offs. On the other hand, Denmark would like to continue its good form from the Afghanistan game into this match to make life difficult for the Scots.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

Denmark and Scotland haven’t played each other in T20s yet.

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© Getty Images/Getty Images Europe

Watch out for…

Carsten Pedersen vs Safyaan Sharif

Pedersen helped Denmak get off to a steady start with his opening partnership with Iqbal, something which Denmark sorely needed throughout the tournament. If he succeeds in doing the same today as well, Denmark have a good chance of scoring many runs. Will the best Scottish bowler of this tournament get him out early?

Richie Berrington vs Kamran Mahmood
The Scottish opener hasn’t been in the best of form. However, with NRR set to play a huge role in getting the play-off spots, his explosiveness is exactly what Scotland need at the top of the order today. Will the Danish seamer be able to clip his wings and dismiss him early?

Team news

Denmark (probable): 1 Freddie Klokker (wk), 2 Carsten Pedersen, 3 Michael Pedersen (capt), 4 Aftab Ahmed, 5 Kamran Mahmood, 6 Rizwan Mahmood ,7 Pawan Kumar, 8 Jakob Rubin, 9 Bashir Shah, 10 Hamid Shah, 11 Kasper Rubin.

 Scotland (probable) 1 Calum Macleod, 2 Richie Berrington, 3 Matt Machan, 4 Michael Leask, 5 Kyle Coetzer (capt), 6 Matthew Cross (wk), 7 Rob Taylor , 8 Majid Haq, 9 Neil Carter, 10  Safyaan Sharif, 11 Gordon Goudie.

 

2nd Match- AFGHANISTAN v KENYA

Match Facts

Nov 24, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

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© Afghanistan Cricket Board/Hasrat Sadaat

The Big Picture

The equation is pretty simple for both sides. Kenya need to win to make it to the play-offs. Afghanistan need to win to get the top spot in the group and direct qualification to Bangladesh. In such a must-win situation, it is obvious that both the teams go hard at each other, setting up an exciting encounter.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

11 October 2013- Kenya 149/4 (20 overs) Afghanistan 115/8 (20 overs)- Kenya won by 34 wickets

Elijah Otieno’s spell of 3/16 in 4 overs restricted the Afghans from chasing the target set up due to a good batting performance by the Kenyans.

30 September 2013 – Afghanistan 162/6 (20 overs) Kenya 56 (18.4 overs) – Afghanistan won by 106 runs

The Afghans crushed Kenya in a one –sided contest, thanks to Hamid Hassan’s spell of 3/4  in 4 overs and Shenwari’s 39 off 14 balls.

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© Getty Images

Watch out for…

Gulbodin Naib vs Thomas Odoyo

The young Afghan all-rounder has not yet been able to transfer his batting form from the Dhaka Premier League to this tournament. Will he do so today? Or will the black Botham produce another piece of magic in his swan song to ruins his opponenet’s day?

Ragheb Aga vs Samiullah Shenwari

The Kenyan all-rounder has been key in the death overs withis ability to strike a ball cleanly, as demonstrated in the match against Scotland. With the Afghan leggie snare him , like the other batsmen he has snared many times this tournament?

Team news

Afghanistan (probable): 1 Noor Ali Zadran, 2 Karim Sadiq, 3 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 4 Gulbodin Naib, 5 Mohammad Nabi (capt), 6 Najibullah Zadran, 7 Samiullah Shenwari, 8 Mirwais Ashraf, 9 Hamza Hotak, 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Shapoor Zadran.

Kenya (probable): 1 Alex Obanda, 2 Steve Tikolo, 3 Collins Obuys (capt), 4 Maurice Ouma(wk),  5 Rakep Patel, 6 Thomas Odoyo, 7 Ragheb Aga, 8 Nehemiah Odhiambo, 9 Hiren Varaiya, 10 Shem Ngoche, 11 Elijah Otieno.

 

3rd Match- BERMUDA v PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Match Facts

Nov 24, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

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© CricketEurope

The Big Picture

After a promising start, Papua New Guinea have fallen by the wayside due to a combination of factors including bad luck in matches against Denmark and Afghanistan. The path for them is pretty simple now. Crush Bermuda, and hope that the Kenyans lose, to get a place in the play-offs. Meanwhile, Bermuda would like to round off a disappointing campaign with a win.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

19 March 2012 – Papua New Guinea 155/6 (20 overs) Bermuda 158/5 (19.3 overs) – Bermuda won by 5 wickets

PNG crumbled in the final over of Bermudan innings, where Bermuda needed 18 runs to win, as the Bermudan big-hitter Tucker hit three towering sixes off Rarua Dikana to cap off an amazing win for Bermuda.

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© 2013 IDI/Getty Images


Watch out for…

Janeiro Tucker vs John Reva

The Bermudan skipper would love to continue his six-hitting ways. Will the death overs specialist Reva succeed where Dikana failed?

Geraint Jones vs Derrick Brangman

PNG’s middle-order has been a source of worry. Will Jones hold on end firm this time to ensureno batting collapses? Will the impressive Bermudan spinner trouble the batsmen?

Team news

Bermuda (probable): 1 Dion Stovell (wk), 2 Chris Douglas, 3 David Hemp, 4 Janeiro Tucker (capt), 5 Lionel Cann, 6 Allan Douglas, 7 Tre Manders, 8 Malachi Jones, 9 Derrick Brangman, 10 Kamau Leverock, 11 Jacobi Robinson.

Papua new Guinea (probable) 1 Asad Vala, 2 Tony Ura, 3 Kila Pala, 4 Geraint Jones, 5 Chris Amini, 6 Charles Amini, 7 Mahuru Dai, 8 Jack Vare (wk), 9 Willie Gavera, 10 Andrew Hicks, 11 John Reva

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