First Win For Namibia On Rain-Hit Day
Namibia took their first win of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier on an unusually rain-hit day in the United Arab Emirates that also saw victories for Afghanistan, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Namibia saw off the challenge of the United States of America to claim a 35-run success, Ireland were taken to the wire for the second day in a row before defeating UAE by five runs and the Netherlands thrashed Bermuda by eight wickets.
Meanwhile in Sharjah, Papua New Guinea posted 167 for six against Afghanistan but rain delays meant that Afghanistan had to use all of the seven overs they were given to reach a rain-reduced target of 69.
Ireland had to fight hard and execute their skills well at the death to see off Canada yesterday and they had to do so again to beat United Arab Emirates.
Their top order failed and it was only thanks to Kevin O'Brien's 47 and Gary Wilson's 53 not out in 44 balls that they managed to post 138 for five.
Manjula Guruge and Shadeep Silva had taken a brace of wickets apiece to put Ireland in trouble before O'Brien and Wilson added 92 for the fourth wicket.
UAE lost an early wicket when Mohammad Azam fell for six but thanks to 35 from Khurram Khan, 19 from Shaiman Anwar and Rohan Mustafa's 27 not out in 19 balls, they just about stayed in the game.
Needing 48 to win in five overs, the match was in the balance and as Amjad Javed smashed 14 in five balls they needed nine to win from the final six deliveries.
However, Trent Johnston delivered a superb over to limit them to just three runs, and three wickets fell to hand Ireland victory by five runs.
Namibia outclassed USA who have now lost two games in a row following their opening day heroics against Canada.
Christi Viljoen led the way with 32 in 24 balls before Craig Williams blasted 37 not out in 33 and Sarel Burger 43 in 36 to put up a score of 163 for four.
Despite Steven Taylor making 44 in reply, the target of 164 proved well beyond USA, as JJ Smit and Bernard Scholtz took two wickets apiece to restrict them to 128 for eight in reply.
Standings: Ireland 6 points, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates 4 points, Italy, Namibia, USA 2 points, Canada, Uganda 0 points
The Netherlands are yet to have a close game in the tournament so far. They thrashed Afghanistan before being well beaten by Papua New Guinea and today they eased to an eight-wicket win over Bermuda.
Bermuda batted well enough to reach 141 for eight, with Janeiro Tucker hammering 44 in 20 balls and Lionel Cann making 34 but it always looked a little short against a powerful, experienced Dutch batting line-up.
Mudassar Bukhari, Ashan Malik and Michael Rippon took two wickets before their batsmen finished off the game in style.
Wesley Barresi hit 45, Stephan Myburgh 78 not out in 53 balls, Peter Borren made 11 in six and Ben Cooper won the game with a maximum to finish unbeaten on eight in five balls as the Netherlands closed with four overs unused.
Rain interrupted the match between Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan in Sharjah and eventually forced it into a shortened game.
Tony Ura slammed 56 in 49 balls and although Dawlat Zadran took two wickets in two balls for Afghanistan, PNG continued to attack, Geraint Jones (24) hitting the hat-trick ball and four others to the boundary.
PNG reached 167 for six before more rain brought about a long delay and when the players got back on to the field, Afghanistan had been set 69 to in seven overs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.
They had to work incredibly hard to get there and they needed a dramatic last-ball boundary to win them the game.
Mohammad Shahzad made 18 and Nawroz Mangal four before Nabi, promoted to number three, held the run chase together.
As Gulbodin Naib (0) and Samiullah Shenwari (1) fell to heap the pressure on the Afghans, Nabi was left unbeaten on 36 in 22 balls at the non-strikers end as Karim Sadiq came in to face the final ball, with the scores level.
Remarkably, the ball went for four byes and Afghanistan were able to celebrate their second win of the competition.
Standings: Afghanistan, Bermuda, Nepal, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea 4 points, Denmark, Kenya, Scotland 0 points
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