Ireland, Kenya, Nepal and Afghanistan register big wins

John Mooney was awarded the man-of-the-match for his three wicket haul against Namibia in Belfast.
John Mooney was awarded the man-of-the-match for his three wicket haul against Namibia in Belfast.

Ireland, Kenya and Nepal recorded their first wins while Afghanistan secured their second victory as the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 moved into its second day.

Group A

128-3 (Porterfield 56 no) beat
Namibia 124-8 (Smit 21) by seven wickets
Third match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Belfast

A superb all-round display from Ireland ensured an easy victory for them over Namibia after restricting them to 124 in Belfast.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl first. It proved to be a good decision straightaway, as John Mooney (3-23) got into the Namibia batsmen, dismissing the top three under 50.

Just when Jean Kotze (18) and Sarel Burger (15) looked to resurrect the innings, George Dockrell (2-15), ended their stay, leaving Namibia at 72 for five.

Namibia struggled to 124 for eight in the 20 overs with Johannes Smit (21) top-scoring.

Chasing 125 was never going to trouble the home team, even though they had a hiccup of losing Paul Stirling (1) early.

William Porterfield (56 not out) and Niall O'Brien (45) calmed the nerves in the Ireland camp with a 71-run stand for the second wicket, which pretty much sealed the game for the home team.

Ireland won the game by eight wickets in the 18th over with Mooney named the man-of-the-match. 

Listen to Porterfield and Mooney speaking after their resounding victory.

Nepal 122-4 (Malla 52) beat
United States of America 121 (Dodson 39) by six wickets
Fifth matchICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Belfast

The second game of the day in Group A saw Nepal spinning a web around United States of America, ensuring a comfortable six-wicket victory in Belfast. 

Opting to bat first, USA never got going after the initial momentum given by their openers, Akeem Dodson (39) and Fahad Babar (23).

The middle order was exposed to some fine quality spin bowling from Shakti Gauchan (3-16) and Basant Regmi (3-24) sharing six wickets between them, dismissing USA for 121.

Gyanendra Malla (52) virtually shut the hopes of USA as he raced on to a fine half century with support from Anil Mandal (29) as the duo added 78 runs.

Just when it came down to 13 of the final two overs, a calm innings from skipper, Paras Khadka (21 not out), ensured Nepal reached the target with six wickets and two balls to spare.

Gauchan was adjudged as the player of the match for his brilliant spell of bowling.

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group A

P W L Pts
1 Ireland 1 1 0 2
2 Nepal 1 1 0 2
3 United States of America 1 0 1 0
4 Namibia 1 0 1 0

Group B

Kenya 146-3 (Karim 74 no) beat
Canada 143-5 (Gunasekra 51) by seven wickets
Fourth match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Edinburgh

Riding on the back of a blistering unbeaten knock of 74 from Irfan Karim, Kenya chased down 144 against Canada, winning the game by seven wickets in Edinburgh.

Ruvindu Gunasekera (51) and Rizwan Cheema (35) gave a head start to Canada's campaign with a 83- run opening stand, coming at nine runs per over, after they were asked to bat first. 

Hiral Patel (25), coming in at number three, kept hold of one end, but Canada kept losing wickets at regular intervals, managing just 60 runs in the last 11 overs.

Needing 144 to win, Karim (74 not out) gave Kenya a quick start as they reached 34 in the first four overs.

Even though they lost Narendra Patel (19) and Nehemiah Odhiambo (13), an unbeaten 94-run stand between Karum and Morris Ouma (34) gave Kenya a seven-wicket win.

Afghanistan 168-2 (Shahzad 74) beat
United Arab Emirates 164-6 (Shahzad 43) by eight wickets
Sixth match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Edinburgh

The trend of teams that chase winning the game in the day continued as Afghanistan sealed their second win in the tournament defeating United Arab Emirates by eight wickets.

Opting to bat first, UAE raced to 25 for nought in the first two overs.

Mohammad Shahzad (43) scored three more boundaries in the sixth over, taking UAE to 58 at the end of powerplay.

However, Afghanistan managed to get back into the game with some quiet overs in the middle.

A late flourish from Shaiman Anwar (35) and the lower middle order took UAE to 164 in the 20 overs.

Chasing 164 for a win, Afghanistan looked in no trouble with Mohammad Shahzad (74) adding 56 for the second wicket with Asghar Stanikzai (44 not out) to take Afghanistan to 99 at the halfway mark. 

Stanikzai added another unbeaten 69-run stand with the hero of the last game, Samiullah Shenwari (30 not out) as Afghanistan romped home by eight wickets in the 18th over. 

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group B

P W L Pts
1 Afghanistan 2 2 0 4
2 Scotland 1 1 0 2
3 Kenya 1 1 0 2
4 Canada 1 0 1 0
5 Netherlands 1 0 1 0
6 United Arab Emirates 2 0 2 0

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