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Netherlands, Scotland advance to final of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

Mudassar Bukhari (left) celebrating the wicket of Ireland captain, William Porterfield.
Mudassar Bukhari (left) celebrating the wicket of Ireland captain, William Porterfield.

Netherlands and Scotland have advanced to the final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after winning their respective semi-finals while Afghanistan secured victory in the fifth place playoff.

Scotland 117-5 (Cross 39) beat
Hong Kong 116 (Aizaz 31) by five wickets
1st Semi-Final, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin 

Having won the toss and opting to field first, Scotland managed to restrict Hong Kong to 42 for three by the end of the powerplay with Alasdair Evans (3-17) taking two wickets for just six runs in his first two overs. 

Disciplined bowling from Scotland made sure that Hong Kong only managed to score less than run-a-ball while losing wickets at regular intervals, with Aizaz Khan (31) giving the team a boost with his cameo.

Hong Kong were finally dismissed in the 20th over, having posted just 116 runs on the board, with Evans, Safyaan Sharif (3-29) and Rob Taylor (3-17) sharing nine wickets between them. 

Though Scotland lost Callum McLeod (0) early in the innings, Kyle Coetzer (33) and Matthew Cross (39) took the Hong Kong bowling apart, putting a 52 run stand in just four overs. 

Hong Kong fought back by getting a few wickets, but the small total proved to be a walk in the park for Scotland, who downed the target in just 12.2 overs, while securing a place in the final. 

Netherlands 129-5 (Cooper 43) beat
Ireland 128 (Kevin 33) by five wickets
2nd Semi-Final, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin 

Netherlands put Ireland in to bat after winning the toss, while they managed to restrict the hosts to 64 for two by the half-way mark, with the run rate slowly meandering at just over run-a-ball.

Andy Balbirnie (31) and Gary Wilson (20) shared a good partnership while Kevin O’Brien (33) played a handy cameo, but Ireland never really got the momentum required as wickets fell regularly.

Finally, Netherlands bowled out Ireland out for 128, with Mudassar Bukhari (4-28) leading the way with a four wicket haul.

Defending a small total, Ireland got rid of both the openers quickly but Ben Cooper (43) and Michael Swart (21) put on a 57 run stand which gave the Netherlands the much needed stability in a tricky chase.

Despite Kevin’s (3-26) three wicket haul, skipper Peter Borren (36 not out) ensured that Netherlands booked a spot in the final, as he hit the winning runs with almost two overs to spare, wrapping up a confident performance.  

Afghanistan 130-5 (Najibullah 44) beat
Oman 127-9 (Khawar 21) by five wickets
5th place play-off, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dublin

Opting to field first after winning the toss, Afghanistan only managed one wicket in the powerplay but restricted Oman to 67 for two at the half-way mark, with the innings evenly poised. 

However, Oman failed to capitalize on what was a decent start, as they lost wickets at regular intervals in the second half of the innings, only managing to post 127 for nine in their quota of 20 overs.

In the chase, Afghanistan quickly succumbed to 13 for three after four overs, but Samiullah Shenwari (40 not out) played a patient knock while Mohammad Nabi (27) and Najibullah Zadran (44) took care of the asking rate.

Subsequently, Afghanistan sealed the win with seven balls to spare, securing the fifth position, as Oman found it tough to sustain the pressure they managed to build with the ball at the start.

Najibullah picked up the man of the match award for his match winning knock. 

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