Waseem ton sees UAE claim qualifying trophy; Nepal claim consolation victory over hosts | Cricbuzz.com
Muhammad Waseem’s second century T20I against Ireland saw the United Arab Emirates pick up a 7-wicket win at the T20 WC Global Qualifier A in Muscat today, while Nepal picked up their fourth win of the series, overtaking hosts Oman to finish just short of qualifying in third place. . Canada and Germany also won their respective placement playoffs against Bahrain and the Philippines to take fifth and seventh place respectively.
Ireland had recovered from a shaky start to post 159 after opting to bat first. Harry Tector hit an early T20I fifty after Ireland stumbled to 19-3 to ensure the UAE should work for the silverware, but after an equally poor start to the Emirates innings, the 112 Waseem’s balls on 66 would put Ireland out of the game.
The UAE would have the better of the start, with Andrew Balbirnie edging Aravind off Zahoor in the second, Gareth Delaney looking to lift Kashif Daud longer but failing to clear the infield, and Paul Stirling edging out Rohan Mustafa up to third short on the cut. Lorcan Tucker and Harry Tector looked to repeat their rebuilding effort from Tuesday’s semi-final, taking the last fifty Irish at the end of the eighth before Tucker targeted young legpinner Karthik Meiyappan, hitting him for a straight six followed by a four swept. over the midwicket, only to spot the man on the rope trying to repeat the shot following the ball. Andy McBrine would last just two bullets before losing his stump as he returned to Basil Hameed, leaving Ireland struggling at 67-5 after ten overs. Simi Singh will last a bit longer, pinning LBW in the crease of Junaid Siddique’s first ball.
Tector was given a life by Rohan Mustafa four balls later, a faint chance laid square-legged, and with Shane Getkate would make the UAE street the missed opportunity to continue the collapse. Instead, the pair would nearly double the score, adding 55 for the seventh wicket as Ireland recovered from 67-6 at 122-6 with 4 overs remaining, well placed for a great finish. Zahoor Khan would break the partnership in the 17th, putting one back in Getkate’s bowl for 30 with his first ball, and Tector fell victim to a fantastic catch four balls later, whipping a low throw to the middle of the wicket where Hameed clung to dive forward. But Mark Adair and Barry McCarthy would ensure Ireland finished with a bang by claiming 17 points over Zahoor’s next and taking Ireland to 159 before the two fell to Mustafa in the final.
A double strike from Josh Little in the third put Ireland well ahead after the break, Chirag Suri kicked in the middle of the wicket and the in-form Vriitya Aravind rushed the draw and held well by Simi Singh. Waseem narrowly survived the first ball after the power play, pushing McCarthy high towards the midwicket boundary where Getkate held the hold cleanly but couldn’t finish keeping the ball in play as his momentum carried it over the rope.
This would be a game-changing moment as Waseem would go on to hit his second century T20I and almost win the match and the tournament for the United Arab Emirates. The chance to hit the winning runs was denied to him with the end in sight, however, leading Andy McBrine into the hands of Balbirnie at extra cover after hitting 112 of the required 160 runs. It would instead go to Rohan Mustafa, who completed a relatively laborious run unbeaten in 37, finding the winning single against McCarthy on the fourth ball of 19 to see the United Arab Emirates claim their fifth consecutive victory over Ireland and win the qualifying trophy.
The UAE will join Sri Lanka and Namibia in Group A of the first round of the T20 World Cup, which will take place in Geelong, while Ireland will be drawn against the West Indies and Scotland in Group B in Hobart. They will be joined by two other teams from the second World Qualifier, to be held in Zimbabwe in July.
Meanwhile, the hapless losing semi-finalists were playing a consolation match for the bronze medal where Nepal would finish in style with a convincing win over Oman, holding the hosts 87-9 and hitting the target with 22 balls to spare for the loss of a wicket.
Oman’s innings got off to a bad start as Jatinder Singh was exhausted in the second, unable to convince Kashyapp Parajpati to leave his crease for a risky second, before Shoaib Khan put Sandeep Lamichhane ahead in the middle of Kamal Singh Airee in the following. Prajapati wouldn’t last the power play either, after being dropped for the first time by Abinash Bohara on the 3rd, Bohara would atone by taking his wicket on the 5th, with Lamichanne maintaining another take from cover. The Nepalese skipper hit himself with his second ball as Mohammad Nadeem drove straight into the extra as Oman collapsed to 19-4.
Zeeshan Maqsood’s 28-ball 21 would prove the best score for the hosts, with the innings going slow after the Oman captain left in the 12th – aiming for a slog across the line on Sheikh and erring off the midwicket where Dipendra Airee covered good ground to claim the hold. Ayaan Khan would be puzzled by the charge, Sagar Dhakal seeing him coming and pushing him wide, Sandeep Goud would be the second Omani bat to be unnecessarily exhausted, sent back to his loss by Naseem Khushi as the throw came from the point. Nestor Dhemba and Khushi would both fall to Lamichhane who finished the bowlers’ pick with numbers 3-13 as Oman struggled to 87-9 in the end.
An initially shaky opening position between Aasif Sheikh and Kushal Bhurtel, the latter dropped twice on the power play, would nevertheless give Nepal plenty of control, taking their side halfway to the target as the field widened. Maqsood belatedly found the first wicket in the eighth, Sheikh came short third on the cut for 13 just after the partnership reached 50. It would also be the last, however, as Aarif Sheikh replaced his brother in the middle to join Bhurtel who would look increasingly assured as he struck a record fifth half in Nepal colors to see them claim a comprehensive win from nine wickets. Nepal thus finish the tournament having won four of their five matches, but with the only defeat coming in the crucial semi-final, they will still miss out on qualification for 2022 with only a third place as a consolation.
Canada had previously claimed fifth place with a straight win over Bahrain, Harsh Thaker with the ball for Canada, taking 4-20 at the end of the innings to hold Bahrain 131-8 from their 20 overs and captain Navneet Dhaliwal striking an explosive 54 from 27 to see his team go home in 15 overs.
Germany had beaten the Philippines in the wooden spoon match despite another gradually improving performance from the Carabaos. Daniel Smith and Henry Tyler had put the Philippines on top of the game for the first time in the tournament with a dynamic half-century partnership, but when Smith missed the sweep and was handed LBW to Elam Barathi in the eighth, it would spur a rapid collapse. Barathi would pocket three more wickets to run through the middle order to claim figures of 4-6 in four. Miguel Podosky showed some late resistance to take the Philippines to their all-time T20 tally of 108-, but that will probably never be enough. Although Huzaifa Mohammad pinned Talha Khan LBW three-ball in the German response, it would be the last wicket to fall. Justin Broad and Michael Richardson would make light work of the total, their unbroken century stance seeing Germany overhaul the total with 7.1 overs and nine wickets to spare.