A brilliant three-wicket haul from the spinners, Michael Leask and Mark Watt followed by a breezy half-century from George Munsey helped Scotland demolish the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in the opening game of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2015 in Edinburgh.
Jason Holder picked four wickets as West Indies overcame a lower order resistance from UAE to eventually thump them by six wickets in their World Cup encounter at McLean Park in what was a must-win game for them.
AB de Villiers narrowly missed a century as South Africa produced a complete batting display to comprehensively beat UAE in their World Cup encounter by 146 runs in Wellington, securing the second spot in Pool B.
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Ravichandran Ashwin got his first four-wicket haul as India displayed a near-perfect performance on the bouncy, fast wicket at Perth to beat the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets, India’s second biggest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining.
It took two sparkling innings of the highest class by Gary Wilson and Kevin O’Brien for Ireland to just make it over the line by two wickets against a spirited United Arab Emirates, in front of a noisy crowd in Brisbane.
From Zimbabwe beating Australia in their first One-Day International match during the 1983 World Cup to Ireland beating England in the last version of the tournament, there has been no lack of unexpected and dramatic results in cricket’s show piece event.