Previews of Qualifying Play-Offs, ICC World T20 Qualifier 2013

QUALIFYING PLAY-OFFS

1st Qualifying Play-Off – HONG KONG v PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Match Facts

Nov 28, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

© Graham Crouch / IDI/Getty
© Graham Crouch / IDI/Getty

The Big Picture

Hong Kong must be gutted after losing today’s nail-biter of a match. Also, the injury to the influential captain and batsman, Jamie Atkinson, would have caused concern in the Hong Kong camp. The biggest concern, however, will be the confidence of the side after today’s los and whether they will be able to pick themselves up and respond back tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea’s confidence will be sky-high after today’s performance against Namibia. Despite the batsmen struggling, the bowlers came back strongly to get a win for the side. They would surely love to emulate Nepal and qualify to the World T20.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

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

© Cricket PNG
© Cricket PNG


Watch out for…

Nizakat Khan vs Pipi Raho

The Hong Kong middle-order batsman was crucial in getting the side’s batting chugging along after the early loss of their two influential batsmen, before he got run out in an awful mix-up. With doubts on Atkinson tomorrow, Nizakat might have to bear more responsibility. Will he be able to keep the impressive PNG fast bowler at bay?

Geraint Jones vs Munir Dar
The Kent batsman would be keen to prolong his run-scoring spree and represent his country of birth in his first World T20. How will he treat the Hong Kong veteran spinner, who had an off-day today in an otherwise excellent tournament?

Team news

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 Pipi Raho, 11 John Reva

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

 

2nd Qualifying Play-Off – NETHERLANDS v SCOTLAND

Match Facts

Nov 28, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

© CricketEurope
© CricketEurope

The Big Picture

In a low-scoring match, the Dutch implosion has converted this match into a virtual final between the two European powerhouses for the final spot in the World T20. Since their comfortable wins in the early part of the tournament, the Netherlands have started showing frailty in combating spin, as the matches against Nepal and UAE showed. This match is the last chance for them to correct this weakness and go for the required win.

On the other hand, Scotland have emerged like a phoenix with dominating wins against PNG, Denmark, Netherlands and Italy, after being rolled over by Kenya. They would be hoping to repeat the result from the earlier match in this tournament to book their tickets to Bangladesh.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

22 November 2013- Scotland 165/4 (20 overs) Netherlands 150/6 (20 overs) – Scotland won by 15 runs.

Despite Barresi’s 70, the Scottish bowlers led by Haq managed to restrict the Dutch to secure a win.

 

© ICC/Getty
© ICC/Getty


Watch out for…

Peter Borren vs Majid Haq

With the top order struggling today, will the Dutch captain try to lead his team by example? And how better to do it than by smashing one of the best Associate spinners out of the park?

Richie Berrington vs Ahsan Malik
The Scottish opener struck a quick 50 today and would be hoping to continue in the same vein. How will he cope with the top wicket-taker of the tournament?

Team news

 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 Paul von Meekeren, 11 Ahsan Malik

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

 

PLAY-OFFS

9th place play-off – ITALY v NAMIBIA

Match Facts

Nov 28, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

© CricketEurope
© CricketEurope

The Big Picture

A chance for both sides to finish their tournament in a win. After a last-ball win for Namibia earlier, Italy would be hoping to come on top this time, while the disappointed Namibia would surely try to put up a much better performance.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

19 November 2013- Italy 121/6 (20 overs) Namibia 122/7 (20 overs) – Namibia won by 3 wickets.

van Schoor, Snyman and Williams bludgeoned the Italian attack to score a huge total. Despite the best efforts of Bonora, the Italians failed to chase the target.

© CricketEurope
© CricketEurope

Watch out for…

Craig Williams vs Damian Crowley

The Namibian batsman would love to put up one of his aggressive innings for one time before leaving. Will the Italian skipper stop him?

Peter Petricola vs Sarel Burger
The Italian all-rounder too would like to finally put up a good performance this tournament. Will the Namibian captain peg him back?

Team news

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

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

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