Previews of Play-Offs, ICC World T20 Qualifier 2013

PLAY-OFFS

11th place play-off- CANADA v KENYA 

Match Facts

Nov 26, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

© AFP
© AFP

The Big Picture

The 2 teams with T20I status have 10 teams ahead of them, including 6 teams with non-T20I status, showcasing yet another folly of the ICC of providing different status to equal teams. This also shows how far Canada and Kenya have fallen behind the pack. Ahead of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, this would surely ring the alarm bells at the respective cricket boards. If this continues, both the teams run the chance of losing their HPP funding, and with it, sponsors.

In such a dismal scenario, this match is little more than a chance to leave the tournament in a winning note, and gain some confidence for the crucial months ahead.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

16 March 2013 – Kenya 139/7 (20 overs) Canada 118 (18.5 overs) – Kenya won by 21 runs

Collins Obuya precipitated a Canadian collapse of 5 wickets for 13 runs in 3 overs, as they went from 83/3 to 96/8. The Canadian tail dragged the team to 118, giving a victory of 21 runs to Kenya.

15 March 2013 – Kenya 126/9 (20 overs) Canada 128/5 (18.3 overs) – Canada won by 5 wickets

Rakep Patel and Nehemiah Odhiambo dragged Kenya from 45/6 with a 50 run partnership to an eventual total of 126. Hiral Patel’s 40 helped the Canadians to chase down the target.

Watch out for…

Hiral Patel vs Elijah Otieno

Since blasting Shaun Tait in the 2011 World Cup, the Canadian opener has not really stepped up to realize his obvious talent and  has had a disappointing tournament. Will he blast the Canadians ahead? Or will the Kenyan pacer stop him?

Steve Tikolo vs Junaid Siddiqui
Despite his best efforts, the Kenyan legend failed to get his team over the line. Will he shine in this final swansong? Or will the Canadian leg-spinner put a spanner in the works?

Team news

© ICC/Zainab Malubhai
© ICC/Zainab Malubhai

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.

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.

 

13th place play-off- BERMUDA v UGANDA

Match Facts

Nov 26, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

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© ICC/CricketEurope

The Big Picture

Perhaps, the biggest surprise this tournament has been the bad performance of Uganda. Good performances in the East Africa Premier League, where the Ugandan teams out-shined the Kenyan, in the Division 1 T20 and against the MCC, sparked hope that the promising side were beginning to finally mature. But this performance only shows the general state of East African cricket at present, which seems to have fallen behind the EAP region.

Bermuda, being in a freefall since 2007 World Cup, nevertheless put together a couple of strong showings, including a shock win over the Scots in their opening match. Despite not qualifying from the stronger group, the team would love to carry back a final win from here.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

23 March 2012 – Bermuda 179/4 (20 overs) Uganda 138/5 (20 overs) – Bermuda won by 41 runs

The veterans Lionel Cann and Janeiro Tucker thumped the Ugandan spinners to all parts of the park as they hit 9 fours and  6 sixes to score 42 off 22 balls and 62 off 42 balls to power Bermuda to a formidable total, which proved beyond the Ugandan batsmen.

© Matthew Lewis

© Matthew Lewis

Watch out for…

Lionel Cann vs Davis Karashani

The Bermudan all-rounder would be hoping to repeat his exploits from the last time. Will the Ugandan captain restrict him this time?

Roger Mukasa vs Derrick Brangman
One final chance for the Ugandan batsman to shine for his team with his aggressive batting. Will he take on the Bermudan spinner?

Team news

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

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.

 

15th place play-off- DENMARK v UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Match Facts

Nov 26, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

© ICC/Kageaki Smith
© ICC/Kageaki Smith

The Big Picture

From a horror start when they were smashed by every team with the aim to improve their respective NRRs, Denmark finally started showing up some fight in their last two matches against Afghanistan and Scotland, where Hamid Shah’s two sixes upset Scotland’s plans to end 3rd in the standings. Will they try to end the tournament with a first win?

On the other hand, since the amazing win over Canada, all has gone downhill for the Americans, ending with a walloping at the hands of the Irish and an all-too-familiar collapse against the UAE.  Do the Americans have it in them to put up a fight to avoid going back as the lowest ranked team of the tournament?

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

Denmark and United States of America haven’t played each other in T20s yet.

© ICC/Cricket Europe
© ICC/Cricket Europe

Watch out for…

Freddie Klokker vs Elmore Hutchison

The best Danish batsman has virtually contributed nothing with the bat, making Denmark’s job difficult in the tournament. Will he finally show up in this match? Will the American left-armer peg him back?

Steven Taylor vs Bashir Shah
The young US opener has cut a forlorn figure as the rest of the team has been throwing away the starts provided by him. Will he try to do the task all by himself? Will the parsimonious Danish spinner keep him quiet?

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

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)

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