Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015. Today we have the first semi-final where Scotland play Hong Kong at The Village, Dublin. The match between Oman and Afghanistan which is for the fifth place will begin at the same time at Castle Avenue, as that of Hong Kong vs Scotland, at 1430. Ireland will play Netherlands later in the day at 1645 IST in the second semi-final. Afghanistan will want to continue their good run and put up an impressive show against Oman who have been good too. Who will come on top in the first semi-final and the second later? And will Afghanistan manage to seal the fifth place? Catch all the live cricket scores here.

Live Cricket Score: Netherlands 129/5 | Overs 18.1

BATTING: Peter Borren 36 (24), Roelof van der Merwe 0 (0)

That’s it, Netherlands have been the better team today and will go into the final of the ICC World T20 Qualifier where they will face Scotland who beat Hong Kong earlier in the day. Ireland fought hard to defend a small score but the effort just didn’t suffice in the end.


Live Cricket Score: Netherlands 87/4 | Overs 14

BATTING: Peter Borren 10 (10), Max O’Dowd 2 (1)

Netherlands seemed to be running away with the game while Ben Cooper was at the crease however in attempt to capitalise to cash in on a full toss he got out and the game is back in the balance. We could be headed for an exciting finish.


Live Cricket Score: Ireland 128 | Overs 19.5

BATTING: Craig Young 0 (1)

Ireland will not be very pleased with the total they have on boar especially with the kind of hitting Kevin O’Brien delivered in the middle. But, credit goes to the Dutch seamers for not crumbling under ppressure and backing themselves towards the latter stages of the game.


Live Cricket Score: Ireland 115/6 | Overs 18

BATTING: Stuart Thompson 0 (2), Andrew Poynter 3 (3)

This innings has been one of the best example of good balance between bat and ball. Batsmen have score runs, but bowlers have had ample opportunity to strike with wickets. Kevin O’Brien got out for a fine 33 off 18 deliveries and that will dampen Ireland’s chances of finishing strongly.


Live Cricket Score: Ireland 87/3 | Overs 14

BATTING: Kevin O’Brien 15 (9), Gary Wilson 19 (22)

This innings is still very much in the balance Everytime a partnership has looke threatening, Netherlands has pegged them back with a wicket A lot of how the innings ends depends on how long a angerous looking Kevin O’Brien can stay at the crease. If he stays on till the end Ireland will surely have a big score to defend.


Live Cricket Score: Ireland 25/1 | Overs 4

BATTING: Paul Stirling 18 (14), Andy Balbirnie 3 (3)

After the early loss of William Porterfield’s wicket, Ireland will look to put on a strong partnership before accelerating. Paul Stirling seems to be in good nick and is striking at a decent rate too. The Dutch bowlers will have to be on the constant look out for wickets as Ireland have an array of match-changing batsmen.


Live Cricket Score: Afghanistan 130/5 | Overs 18.5 | Target 128

BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 40 (41), Shafiqullah 0 (0)

Afghanistan hae been guided home owing to some smart batting from Samiullah Shenwari and Najib Zadran. AT one time it looked ike all was going downhill for Afghanistan but they bounced back with that partnership an both batsmen scored in their forties. Zadran got out for a 32-ball 44, while Shenwari played a ore steadying role scoring a 41-ball unbeaten 40. Oman will be disappointed about letting the match slip away after being in the driver’s seat.


Live Cricket Score: Afghanistan 108/4 | Overs 17 | Target 128

BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 31 (37), Najibullah Zadran 35 (24)

Samiullah an Najib Zadran have changed the face of this match in a span of six overs with a sensible partnership. Zadran batted with caution early on but has pushed the accelerator in the 17th over, smashing 17 runs of it.


Live Cricket Score: Scotland 117/5 | Overs 12.2 | Won by 5 wickets

BATTING: Josh Davey 4 (3), George Munsey 25 (19)

Scotland have won this match with utmost ease. Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross and George Munsey knocked away majority of the runs to give Scotland a thumping victory in front of a small but delighted home crowd.


Live Cricket Score: Afghanistan 56/4 | Overs 11 | Target 128

BATTING: Samiullah Shenwari 20 (25), Najibullah Zadran 0 (1)

Afghanistan hae really stuttered badly in this chase. From the looks of it, they’re headed straight for defeat at the hands of Oman for the secon time in the tournament. However, Shenwari is still at the crease and has Najibullah Zadran at the other end who is a big hitter of the ball. They’ll need a partnership.


 

Live Cricket Score: Scotland 106/4 | Overs 11 | Target 117

BATTING: Preston Mommsen 10 (7), George Munsey 18 (15)

Scotland are racing away with this victory. They had a lovely start but underwent a tricky period by losing three wickets however they have recovered from that and can already smell victory.


Live Cricket Score: Oman 127/9 | Overs 20

BATTING: Mohammad Nadeem 7 (9), Rajeshkumar Ranpura 5 (8)

Not the most impressive total by Oman on the board, but the conditions were not exactly conducive to batting either. Afghanistan will still find it easy to hunt down this score.


Live Cricket Score: Hong Kong 116 | Overs 19.4

BATTING: Kinchit Shah 4(3)

Hong Kong have succumbed to 116 all out in 19.4 overs. Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif and Rob Taylor all contributed with three wickets each. Apart from Mark Chapan who scored 24 and Aizaz Khan with a useful 31 lower down the order, the remainder of the batting line up put in a dismall performance.


Live Cricket Score: Oman 103/6 | Overs 16

BATTING: Sultan Ahmed 10 (8), Amir Ali 1 (1)

Oman were in a decent position after the 10-over mark, but Afghanistan have comeback quite strongly thereafter. From here, Oman will be happy to get 135 on the board.


 Live Cricket Score: Hong Kong 85/6 | Overs 16

BATTING: Aizaz Khan 19 (14), Tanwir Afzal 5 (7)

Hong Kong have aid the rice for being too rash early on in the innings as they have failed to put up a single sizeable partnership. The Scottish bowlers have made good use of the conditions on offer.


Live Cricket Score: Oman 67/2 | Overs 10

BATTING: Khawar Ali 21 (26), Jatinder Singh 8 (15)

Oman seem to be going quite smooth at the moment but they must make it a point to carry on. From Afghanistan’s point of view, they must contain the batsmen and force a mistake.


 Live Cricket Score: Hong Kong 53/4 | Overs 9

BATTING: Anshuman Rath 1 (3), Babar Hayat 4 (11)

In the attempt to constantly bat at a quick nick, the Hong Kong batsmen have played quite irresponsible shots as a result of which four wickets are back in the hut, including that of the most relaible Mark Chapman. Hong Kong surely need a partnership here. Scotlannd will be pleased with the proceedings so far.


 

Toss: Scotland have won the toss and have opted to field.

Teams:
Scotland: Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Matthew Cross(wk), George Munsey, Richie Berrington, Preston Mommsen(c), Josh Davey, Con de Lange, Rob Taylor, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans.

Hong Kong: Irfan Ahmed, James Atkinson(wk), Nizakat Khan, Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat, Tanwir Afzal(c), Aizaz Khan, Anshuman Rath, Kinchit Shah, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed.

In the other game for the fifth place, Toss: Afghanistan win the toss and elected to field.

Afghanistan will take on Oman in the battle for the fifth place at Castle Avenue, Dublin. The match will be played along side the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015. Scotland will lock horns with Hong Kong at The Village, Dublin. Later in the day, Ireland and Netherlands will play the second semi-final at The Village, Dublin.