T20 World Cup qualifiers: Usman, Waheed power UAE into playoff stage
The UAE's Mohammad Usman plays a shot during his unbeaten knock of 89 runs in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier against Canada at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. - Photo by Ryan Lim
Abu Dhabi - Usman, who turned 34 earlier this month, stitched crucial partnerships with Darius D'Silva and Rameez Shahzad to take the hosts to 154 runs - a score defended well by bowlers in an intriguing Group B thriller.
Muhammad Usman scored match-winning 89 runs and Waheed Ahmed took three wickets as the UAE prevailed over Canada by 14 runs to enter the semifinal playoffs of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier in Abu Dhabi.
Usman, who turned 34 earlier this month, stitched crucial partnerships with Darius D'Silva and Rameez Shahzad to take the hosts to 154 runs - a score defended well by bowlers in an intriguing Group B thriller.
Earlier, Canada opted to bowl first and made early pickings. The UAE openers lasted just two balls each. Rohan Mustafa was felled by Romesh Eranga and Chirag Suri was snared by Saad Bin Zafar. The UAE had just six runs on the board but then Usman along with Shahzad, back from injury, calmed nerves by cracking few boundaries. However, Zafar trapped Shahzad (27) in front of the wicket to end a crucial 42-run stand.
Usman steadily started the repair work with D'Silva. Once settled, Usman punished the bowlers. He brought his fifty and the UAE's 100 with a maximum off Dillon Heyliger. And when it was time to accelerate, Zafar once again got the breakthrough with the wicket of D'Silva (20) to end the 73-run fruitful partnership. Zafar claimed Sultan Ahmed, his third of the night, to peg the UAE to 121 for five. The UAE, though, finished strongly as an unbeaten Usman and Waheed (11 off 3 balls) raised 39 in the last two overs to power the UAE to 154.
In reply, Junaid Siddique had attacking opener Srimantha Wijeyeratne (21) caught behind. Just as Canada got to 50, Waheed scalped Nitish Kumar (11). Skipper Navneet Dhaliwal kept Canada in the match by rotating strikes with Nicholas Kirton. The pair threatened to take the match away from the UAE but Waheed had Dhaliwal (41) caught in the deep. Canada slipped further as Waheed pocketed Hamza Tariq, his third wicket.
With 69 required from 42 balls, Kirton and Ravinderpal Singh combined to give the UAE late jitters with couple of boundaries. Canada needed 20 runs from the last over but Zahoor Khan kept his cool as the UAE prevailed.
The UAE were ordinary in the field missing half-chances and run-outs. It was cameos by Usman and Waheed, crucial partnerships and organised bowling, which saw the home team book playoffs spot against the Netherlands. In other results, Papua New Guinea and Ireland qualified for the T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia. Other teams to enter next stage of qualifiers are the UAE, Oman, the Netherlands and Namibia.
UAE bt Canada by 14 runs. UAE 154 for 5 in 20 overs (Muhammad Usman 89*, Rameez Shahzad 27; Saad Bin Zafar 3-21). Canada 140 for 5 in 20 overs (Navneet Dhaliwal 41; Waheed Ahmed 3-21).
Hong Kong bt Nigeria by 5 wkts. Nigeria 81 for 8 in 20 overs (Ademola Onikoyi 18; Mohammad Ghazanfar 2-11). Hong Kong 82 for 5 in 7.1 overs (Kinchit Shah 25). Man of the match: Mohammad Ghazanfar (HK)
Jersey bt Oman by 14 runs. Jersey 141 for 7 in 20 overs (Nicholas Ferraby 41; Mohammad Nadeem 4-23). Oman 127 for 9 in 20 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 56; Elliot Miles 3-22).
Papua New Guinea bt Kenya by 45
runs. Papua New Guinea 118 in 19.3 overs (Norman Vanua 54; Emmanuel Bundi 4-18). Kenya 73 all out in 18.4 overs (Irfan Karim 29; Assad Vala 3-7). Man of the match: Norman Vanua (PNG)
Netherlands bt Scotland by 4 wkts.
Scotland 130/8 in 20 overs (Matthew Cross 52; Pieter Seelaar 2-12). Netherlands 131 for 6 in 17 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 51*; Mark Watt 3-18). Man of the match: Pieter Seelaar (Netherlands)