Previews of Semi-finals, ICC World T20 Qualifier 2013

SEMI-FINALS

 1st Match- AFGHANISTAN v NEPAL

 Match Facts

Nov 29, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

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© ACC

The Big Picture

Despite qualification achieved by both the sides, this one should be a cracker of a match between two sides with deeply passionate followers. Nepal would be keen to show their remarkable improvement by beating their biggest Asian rivals for the first time in almost a decade, whereas Afghanistan would be hoping to continue its mental hold over Nepal and continue on its dream to win the tournament so as to avoid Bangladesh in the pre-qualifier round.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

 22 November 2013- Nepal 73/3 (7 overs) Afghanistan 78/1 (6.2 overs) – Afghanistan won by 9 wickets.

In a rain-affected match, Mohammad Shahzad bludgeoned a 22-ball 43 to power the Afghans to a win.

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© ICC/Getty

Watch out for…

Mohammad Shahzad vs Avinash Karn

The young Nepali medium-pacer has been a revelation in the latter part of Nepal’s campaign, drying up runs and taking wickets as well. It would be interesting to see his plan against the Afghan wicket-keeper batsman.

Sharad Vesawkar vs Samiullah Shenwari
After Khadka, Vesawkar seems to have become the most important batsman in the side, as his cool head to provide Nepal a famous win over Hong Kong showed. How will he treat the top wicket-taker for the Afghans?

Team news

Afghanistan (probable): 1 Noor Ali Zadran, 2 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 3 Karim Sadiq, 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

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 Avinash Karn.

2nd Match- UNITED ARAB EMIRATES v IRELAND 

Match Facts

Nov 29, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

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© ICC

The Big Picture

The hosts have proven themselves to be tough competitors on the field, as their hard-fought win against the Dutch showed. However, the Irish are a completely different proposition. With the Irish growing in confidence throughout the tournament, the UAE would have to fire on all cylinders to beat them.  The Irish, meanwhile, seem confortable on the road to get another piece of ICC Associate silverware and would wish to caner to another win tomorrow.

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

17 November 2013- Ireland 138/5 (20 overs) United Arab Emirates 133 (19.5 overs) – Ireland won by 5 runs.

The Irish got out of jailbreak as the bowlers choked the UAE batsmen and forced them to commit silly mistakes.

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© CricketEurope


Watch out for…

Gary Wilson vs Khurram Khan

The Irish keeper seemed the only one comfortable against the UAE’s battery of spinners in the earlier match. He would be hoping to continue in the same fashion tomorrow. Will the UAE captian snare him with his leg-breaks?

Mohammed Shafiq vs Trent Johnston
The former understudy to Rashid Latif has been playing crucial little cameos for his new team. The Irish spearhead, while containing runs in the death overs, hasn’t threatened to take wickets. This battle of veterans would surely be the key to the UAE’s batting performance in the death overs.

Team news 

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

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.

PLAY-OFFS

5th place play-off – HONG KONG V NETHERLANDS

Match Facts

Nov 29, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1400 hours (1000 GMT)

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© ICC

The Big Picture

With rumours emerging that the winner of this match would be placed in Zimbabwe’s group, it remains crucial for both the sides to get a victory so as to avoid the in-form home team at the World T20. Will the Dutch once again fail against the Hong Kong spinners?

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

20 March 2012- Netherlands 201/5 (20 overs) Hong Kong 118/7 (20 overs) – Netherlands won by 83 runs.

A combined batting performance helped the Dutch post a huge total, well beyond Hong Kong’s reach.

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© Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe

Watch out for…

Babar Hayat vs Paul van Meekeren

The Hong Kong middle-order batsman was key to reviving his side’s fortunes against PNG. Will the strapping Dutch pacer strike to get his wicket?

Wesley Barresi vs Nadeem Ahmed

The Dutch keeper was in fine flow today against the Scots. How would he deal with the spin threat of Nadeem Ahmed?

Team news

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.

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

 

7th place play-off – Papua New Guinea v Scotland

Match Facts

Nov 29, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi
Start time 1000 hours (0600 GMT)

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© ICC

The Big Picture

With both the sides deeply disappointed to miss out on a place for the World T20 today, it will be interesting to see how they treat tomorrow’s match. Will they use it to provide practice for some of the unused players of the squad?

Previous encounters

(completed matches, most recent first)

21 November 2013- Scotland 181/5 (20 overs) Papua New Guinea 97/9 (20 overs) – Scotland won by 84 runs.

Scotland walloped PNG, thanks to Rob Taylor and Gordon Goudie’s excellent bowling.

 

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© IDI/Getty Images


Watch out for…

Asad Vala vs Gordon Goudie

A final chance for the young PNG opener to show his potential.  Will the promising Scottish fast bowler get his wicket?

Michael Leask vs Charles Amini

This contest between the two young guns would be interesting to watch.

Team news

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

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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