ICC WCQ 2018: Afghanistan nearly eliminated after defeat, WI, UAE win comfortably
West Indies comfortably chased down the total of 200 in the 43rd over with six wickets remaining.
West Indies vs Papua New Guinea
In the Match 10 of Group A of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, PNG posted a total of 200 against West Indies. The West Indies got the early wicket of Vani Morea as he was ran out on duck by Jason Holder. Tony Ura, who played a record breaking innings (151) against Ireland continued his form in this match, scoring 37. Ura and Aasad Vala added 62 runs to the second wicket partnership. Vala went on to score a half century hitting 6 fours in his innings of 57. He later stitched a 69-run stand with Mahuru Dai for the fifth wicket. Norman Vanua played a cameo innings of 35 off 23 propelling PNG innings to 200.
West Indies comfortably chased down the total in the 43rd over with six wickets remaining. West Indies didn't have a great start as they were two down for 16 and struggling at one point, losing four wickets inside 12 overs for a mere 58. It was the 143 run partnership of Shai Hope (49) and Jason Holder (99) that saw West Indies through. Holder's innings included of 9 fours and 3 sixes. Alie Nao was the most economical bowler for PNG with figures 16 for 1 in six overs.
PNG 200 in 42.4 overs (Aasad Vala 57, Tony Ura 37; Jason Holder 5 for 27) lost to West Indies 201 for 4 in 43 overs (Jason Holder 99*, Shai Hope 49; Alie Nao 1 for 16) by 6 wickets.
Afghanistan vs Hong Kong
Afghanistan elected to field in their third match of ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 against Hong Kong. Hong Kong, who were all out for mere 91 in their previous match against Scotland, scored 241 in this match. Anshuman Rath was the top-scorer for Hong Kong with 65 runs off 90 balls. His innings included 6 fours and 1 six. Tanvir Afzal's cameo of 22 in 9 balls helped Hong Kong set a competitive total against Afghanistan. Mujeeb Zadran and Mohammad Nabi shared three wickets each.
In a rain-affected match Afghanistan failed to chase down the revised score of 226 as they fell 30 runs short. Afghanistan gave a decent fight with three batsmen scoring over 30 runs and building partnership. All rounder, Ehsan Khan who failed with the bat did well with the ball picking 4 for 33 in his 9 overs. With this defeat Afghanistan's chances of qualifying for 2019 World Cup is over.
Hong Kong 241 for 8 in 50 overs (Anshuman Rath 65; Mujeeb Zadran 3 for 26) beat 195 for 9 in 46 overs (Dawlat Zadran 40*, Mohammad Nabi 38; Ehsan Khan 4 for 33) by 30 runs.
Netherlands vs United Arab Emirates
Netherlands lost the first match against Ireland in a rain-curtailed encounter. They posted a total of 176 in the Match 9 of ICC WCQ 2018 against UAE. They started their innings well after electing to bat first. They were 52 for no loss at one point but lost three wickets in the span of 15 runs. Wesley Barresi was the top scorer for them with 37 runs before getting run out by Chirag Suri. Rohan Mustafa picked up a five-for conceding only 26 runs.
Suri with his unbeaten 78* registered second win for UAE. They chased down the total in 44 overs with six wickets in hand. Suri's innings included 7 fours and one six. He along with Mahummad Usman (36) built a 93-run partnership for the 5th wicket. Paul van Meekeren was the most economical bowler for Netherlands with figures 1 for 18 in his eight overs.
Netherlands 176 in 46.3 overs (Wesley Barresi 37; Rohan Mustafa 5 for 26) lost to UAE 177 for 4 in 44 overs (Chirag Suri 78*; PA van Meekeren 1 for 18) by 6 wickets.
Published:Thu, March 08, 2018 9:38pm