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Oman, PNG grab headlines after defeating Afghanistan and Ireland

PNG's Norman Vanua bowls out Ireland's Paul Stirling.
PNG's Norman Vanua bowls out Ireland's Paul Stirling.

Riding upon Mehran Khan's exemplary bowling display, Oman managed to stun Afghanistan by registering a 40-run win in their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier match in Edinburgh.

Group B

Oman 144-7 (Jatinder 40) beat
Afghanistan 104 (Shahzad 28) by 40 runs
25th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifer in Edinburgh 

After winning the toss, Afghanistan opted to bowl first. 

Jatinder Singh (40) top scored for Oman with handy contributions from Mehran (28) and Zeeshan Ahmed (29) enabling them to post a sturdy 145-run target for the tournament favorites.  

In response Mohammad Shahzad (28) and Javed Ahmadi (22) gave a decent opening to Afghanistan.

However, things did not go as planned. Zeeshan Maqsood (4-23) and Mehran (4-24) ran through the remaining batting order as Afghanistan folded up granting a comfortable victory to Oman.

Kenya 147-5 (Patel 50) beat
United Arab Emirates 105 (Anwar 25) by 42 runs 
27th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifer in Edinburgh  

Narendra Patel's all-round performance ensured an easy 42-run victory for Kenya against the United Arab Emirates in Edinburgh.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Kenya managed to put up a robust 148-run target by virtue of some brilliant batting.

While opening the innings Patel smacked 42 runs from just 29 balls.

Despite losing the next two batsman in quick succession, Collins Obuya (37) and Rakep Patel (50) displayed some excellent counter attacking-cricket which allowed Kenya to reach a respectable total.

Narendra Patel returned to haunt UAE with the ball as he scalped four wickets for 16 runs in his four overs. Elijah Otieno (3-14) supported him well by picking up three wickets for 14 runs from his quota of four overs.

Faizan Asif (21) and Shaiman Anwar (25) got good starts but the remaining UAE batting surrendered without much of a fight.

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group B

P W L Pts
1 Afghanistan 5 3 1 7
2 Kenya 5 3 1 7
3 Oman 4 3 1 6
4 Scotland 4 2 2 4
5 Netherlands 4 2 2 4
6 United Arab Emirates 5 1 4 2
7 Canada 3 0 3 0

Group A

Papua New Guinea 124-8 (Vala 32) beat
Ireland 123-9 (Porterfield 57 no) by two wickets 
23rd match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifer in Belfast 

Papua New Guinea registered the second upset of the day as they shocked Ireland with a narrow two-wicket victory.

Ireland won the toss and opted to bat first. Skipper William Porterfield (57 not out) played an admirable 58 ball-knock as he helplessly watched his team-mates get out cheaply.

Apart from wicket-keeper Gary Wilson (10) and Alex Cusack (13), the remaining Irish batsmen even failed to reach double digit scores.  

Willie Gavera (3-17) was the pick of the bowler for Papua New Guinea.

In response, Papua New Guinea lost both openers by the third over of their innings with just 20 runs on the board. Assad Vala (32) played a run-a-ball knock as wickets kept tumbling from other end.  

Ireland looked in command and on course to win the game but Norman Vanua (28 not out) put a huge dampener on them by scoring 28 runs from a mere 10 balls including four huge sixes to change the course of the match and register a stunning victory with only two wickets in hand and 7 balls to spare.

United States of America 88-5 (Dodson 31) beat
Jersey 87 (Perchard 18 no) by five wickets 
24th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifer in Bready

The United States of America registered their first win in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier campaign, defeating Jersey comfortably by five wickets in Bready.

USA won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jersey's innings never took off with only three batsmen - Ben Stevens (10), Anthony Kay (18) and Charles Perchard (18 not out), managing to cross double figures.

They were eventually bowled out for just 87 in 17.3 overs. For USA, Naseer Jamali (3-12) and Hammad Shahid (3-22) picked up three wickets each, while Timil Patel (2-16) managed two wickets.

Chasing 88 for a win, USA openers Fahad Babar (30) and Akeem Dodson (31) added 60 in 63 deliveries.

Even though USA then lost five wickets for 17 runs, they reached the target in the 16th over to open their account in the tournament.  

Hong Kong 110-5 (Nizakat 25) beat
Nepal 109 (Vesawkar 27) by five wickets
26th match, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifer in Bready

Nepal's slide in the tournament continued as Hong Kong managed to edge them out in a low-scoring thriller in Belfast.

Opting to field first, Hong Kong had Nepal reeling at 31 for five before Rajesh Pulami (25) added 41 with Sharad Vesawkar (27).

Nepal were eventually dismissed for 109 in 20 overs, courtesy of some splendid bowling from Haseeb Amjad (4-16).

A 53-run second-wicket stand between Anshuman Rath (19) and Nizakat Khan (25) put Hong Kong on course for a win but Basant Regmi (4-16) picked up four wickets for 35 runs to drag the game to the final over. 

Amjad was handed the man-of-the-match award for his four-wicket haul which had set up the game for Hong Kong. 

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Standings - Group A

P W L Pts
1 Ireland 4 3 1 6
2 Papua New Guinea 3 2 0 5
3 Namibia 3 1 1 3
4 Hong Kong 3 1 1 3
5 Nepal 4 1 2 3
6 Jersey 3 1 2 2
7 United States of America 4 1 3 2

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