ABU DHABI 31 October 2019: With the playoffs in the T20 World Cup Qualifier moving towards their final stage, the UAE team failed to beat Scotland yesterday, in their last opportunity to qualify for next year’s finals in Australia.
The Scots, choosing to bat first after winning the toss, set a tough target, reaching a total of 198 runs for the loss of six wickets. George Munsey was the top scorer on 65, off 43 balls, before being dismissed by a magnificent catch from Rameez Shahzad.
In reply, the UAE eleven got off to a poor start, losing a first wicket in the first over and a second at the beginning of the third over, for only 12 runs. A third wicket stand took the score to 55, thanks to a careful 34 from Shahzad, but with D’Silva retiring hurt, chances of reaching the target began steadily to recede. With star batsman Mohammed Usman only scoring 20 and with wickets falling regularly, the UAE were all out for 108, giving Scotland a victory by 90 runs.
Scotland have now qualified for the finals, said Wam.
Already headed for the finals in Australia are Ireland and Papua – New Guinea and Ireland, who topped the Group A and Group B tables during the first phase of the Qualifier, and The Netherlands and Namibia, who won their play-offs yesterday.
Oman book a ticket for T20 World Cup final
DUBAI: in a play-off match in the T20 World Cup Qualifier tonight, Oman’s cricketers overcame Hong Kong to book themselves a ticket to the T20 World Cup finals in Australia next year.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Oman were quickly in trouble, slumping to 42 for 6 wickets. A sterling performance by Jatunder Singh, top scorer with 67 runs, then took them to a modest total of 134 for 7.
This proved to be enough, however. Hong Kong lost 5 wickets for 18 runs.
Scott McKechnie gave some backbone to the Hong Kong innings, bringing a possible victory in sight. He scored 44 before he was out with his side on 102 for 8.
With the run rate slowing and a ninth wicket down at 111, Hong Kong fell 13 runs short, on 122 for 9 wickets.