Previews of Quarter-Finals, ICC World T20 Qualifier 2013

QUARTER-FINALS

 1st Quarter-Final- HONG KONG v NEPAL

 Match Facts

Nov 27, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

© HKCA/Travis Pittman
© HKCA/Travis Pittman

The Big Picture

The business end of the tournament is here, with the most important matches set to start. Now on, each team can afford to make very few mistakes, for each one can prove very costly to their aim of qualification. This match would be particularly crucial to both the teams, as both seek to become the first national teams from their country to play in a World Cup in any sport.

Hong Kong have acted as a very efficient unit till now, with both the batsman and the bowlers contributing at crucial times. With 5 impressive wins, they would be hoping to maintain their run against a talented Nepal. If their explosive batting and economical bowling clicks again tomorrow, Hong Kong would be on their way to the World T20.

As their matches have shown, Nepal have grown by leaps and bounds this year, and have particularly shown a hunger to fight tooth and nail, even when the odds are against them- something absent in the previous sides. With their charismatic captain, Nepal would be hoping that their array of spinners stop the Hong Kong batsmen, particularly the top order, and the batsmen handle the pace of Tanwir Afzal, Aizaz Khan and Haseeb Amjad.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

27 March 2013 – Nepal 115/9 (20 overs) Hong Kong 116/4 (16.3 overs) – Hong Kong won by 6 wickets

Nadeem Ahmed spun the Nepali batsmen in a tangle to grab 3/18, as Nepal stuttered to 115. Irfan Ahmed and Nizakat Khan proceeded to thrash the Nepali spinners to give a comfortable win.

13 March 2012 – Nepal 130/6 (20 overs) Hong Kong 102/9 (20 overs) – Nepal won by 28 runs

Paras Khadka struck 68 off 62 balls and Chandra Sawad ripped the Hong Kong top order to get Nepal a win.

© ICC
© ICC

Watch out for…

Irfan Ahmed vs Basanta Regmi

The Hong Kong explosive all-rounder is undoubtedly the talisman of the Hong Kong side. Will he shred the Nepali bowlers to grab another win? Or will the senior Nepali spinner get him before too much damage is inflicted?

Paras Khadka vs Haseeb Amjad

Despite impressive displays by all other batsmen, the Nepali skipper is still the key to his side’s batting. Will the Hong Kong fast bowler snare his wicket?

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

Nepal (probable) 1 Subhash Khakurel (wk), 2 Sagar Pun, 3 Gyanendra Malla, 4 Paras Khadka (capt), 5 Binod Bhandari, 6 Sharad Vesawkar, 7 Pradeep Airee, 8 Basant Regmi, 9 Shakti Gauchan, 10  Jitendra Mukhiya, 11 Amrit Bhattarai

 

2nd Quarter-Final- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES v NETHERLANDS 

Match Facts

Nov 27, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

© Eddie Norfolk
© Eddie Norfolk

The Big Picture

In spite of losing key players, the Netherlands have put together wonderful displays to comfortably win 5 matches, with two shock losses against Papua New Guinea and Scotland. The Dutch would be hoping to qualify for their second World T20 with a handsome victory over the hosts.

The UAE have quietly gone about their job collecting wins. However, the loss against Italy and almost another one against the USA would surely have raised some alarm bells in the camp. Still, as the Nepal match showed, the free-flowing Dutch batsmen had troubles facing spin, and the UAE would be hoping to leverage their strength of parsimonious spinners against them. This sets up an interesting match.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first) 

10 February 2010 – Netherlands 164/8 (20 overs) United Arab Emirates 168/4 (18.5 overs) – United Arab Emirates won by 6 wickets

Daan vaan Bunge’s 76 led the Dutch to 164, despite Qasim Zubair’s 5/24. After a stutter at the start, Naeemuddin Aslam and Khurram Khan helped chase the target down.

© ICC/Sander Tholen
© ICC/Sander Tholen

Watch out for…

Shaiman Anwar vs Mudassar Bukhari

The UAE opener has a reputation of being a big-match player, as his 86 against Pakistan proves. Will he rise up to the occasion tomorrow as well? Or will the Dutch seamer strike?

Michael Swart vs Nasir Aziz

Since coming back from his injury, the Dutch opener hasn’t had a good time with the bat. He would be hoping to finally contribute tomorrow. Will the UAE spinner get him early?

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

Netherlands (probable) 1 Michael Swart, 2 Stephan Myburgh, 3 Wesley Barresi (wk), 4 Eric Szwarczynski, 5 Daan van Bunge, 6 Ben Cooper, 7 Peter Borren (capt), 8 Mudassar Bukhari, 9 Michael Ripon, 10 Pieter Seelaar, 11 Ahsan Malik

 

QUALIFYING PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS

 

1st Qualifying Play-Off Semi-Final- NAMIBIA v PAPUA NEW GUINEA 

Match Facts

Nov 27, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

© ICC/Ian Jacobs
© ICC/Ian Jacobs

The Big Picture

Despite not looking at their best, Namibia have grinded out wins and it is this quality which will be tested tomorrow. The Namibian camp would be hoping that their big-hitting batsmen finally show up tomorrow to help them wrap a comfortable victory.

Similarly, Papua New Guinea would be hoping that the batsmen repeat their exploits from their earlier matches against Kenya and the Netherlands. If that happens and the bowlers perform to their potential, Papua New Guinea would be sure of a victory.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

Namibia and Papua New Guinea haven’t played each other in T20s yet.

 

© Matthew Lewis-IDI
© Matthew Lewis-IDI

Watch out for…

Louis van der Westhuizen vs John Reva

The Namibian opener hasn’t set this tournament on fire so far. He would be hoping to channel his form from the previous tournament tomorrow. Will the tight-bowling PNG seamer frustrate him into throwing his wicket away?

Tony Ura vs Nicolaas Scholtz
Similarly, the PNG opener’s batting would be crucial for his team’s fortunes. Will the Namibian leg-spinner beguile him?

Team news

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

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

 

2nd Qualifying Play-Off Semi-Final- ITALY v SCOTLAND

Match Facts

Nov 27, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

© ICC/Ian Jacobs
© ICC/Ian Jacobs

The Big Picture

Italy has managed to surprise everyone with their good displays, especially the win against the hosts. This might be their toughest test yet, as a red-hot Scotland would be hoping to continue silencing its critics with its commanding results. Italy might take heart from the Scots’ loss against Bermuda, where they showed a tendency to get complacent, and would love to continue its giant-killing spree.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

19 March 2012 – Italy 136/8 (20 overs) Scotland 137/3 (18 overs) – Scotland won by 7 wickets

Richie Berrington struck a 45-ball 67 to help the Scots canter to the target set by the Italians.

© Helge Schutz
© Helge Schutz

Watch out for…

Gareth Berg vs Majid Haq

The Middlesex all-rounder would surely be the key to the Italians’ batting performance. Will the Sottish off-spinner restrict him?

Matt Machan vs Gayashan Munasinghe
The Italian seamer has been in excellent form this tournament. Will the in-form Scottish batsman upset his rhythm?

Team news

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

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

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