T20WC Qualifier B Wrap: Day 2
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Zimbabwe won by 23 runs
Toss: Jersey chose to bowl
Sent in to bat, Zimbabwe had a shaky start as they lost three wickets inside the Powerplay, with Jersey reducing them to 39/3. The onus was on last match's half-centurions, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza to revive their innings. Together they steadied the proceedings with a 52-run stand before Williams, who made his second fifty of the tournament, was bowled by Dominic Blampied for a quick 39-ball 57. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for Zimbabwe, with batters failing to convert their good starts. Luke Jongwe's fiery cameo of 29* from just 13 balls helped push his side's total to a respectable 146/8.
Jersey lost opener Nicholas Greenwood early inside the Powerplay, in which they made 41/1. Ryan Burl struck thrice in each of his last three overs, finishing with returns of 3/13. That put the pressure on Jersey who were reduced to 67/4 in the 14th over. Opener Harrison Carlyon was leading the attack, and he found a reliable partner in Benjamin Ward. However, their 52-run stand was broken in the final over as Carlyon departed for 45. Jersey fell 24 runs short of the target with Ward unbeaten on 35.
USA won by 132 runs
Toss: Singapore elected to bowl
USA openers Steven Taylor and Monank Patel were dropped in the first and second overs of the innings respectively and they made the most of the opportunities by laying a solid foundation. At the end of the Powerplay, USA were 72 for none. It was after the Powerplay stage that Singapore made inroads with wickets of Monank and Aaron Jones. Taylor, too, followed suit after contributing a crucial 31-ball 58.
However, the fall of wickets did not affect USA's scoring rate with attacking batter Jaskaran Malhotra taking charge. In his 33-ball stay at the crease, he smashed 58 runs, including two fours and four sixes. USA finished on a strong 201/6 – their highest T20I team total.
In reply, Saurabh Netravalkar's dream spell ripped Singapore's line-up apart. First, he struck twice on the first two deliveries he bowled and finished the same over with another scalp – a triple-wicket maiden over. In his next over, he added another wicket to his tally. While Cameron Stevenson chipped away with one wicket, leaving Singapore teetering at 22/5 by the end of the Powerplay. The damage was already done as Singapore struggled to fight back, and continued to lose wickets. They were eventually bowled out for 69 in 15.2 overs, with USA securing their second win of the tournament.
Netravalkar finished with 5/12 – the best figures in men's T20Is for USA.
Despite the win, USA's day ended on a somewhat sour note with Ali Khan ruled out for the rest of the tournament. A replacement is yet to be named.
Netherlands won by 7 wickets
Toss: Hong Kong elected to bat
Hong Kong had an inauspicious start, losing two wickets within the Powerplay. Apart from opener and captain Nizakat Khan, the batting unit struggled to register decent scores and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Netherlands bowlers were precise in their lines and lengths and kept the scoring rate in check. Nizakat was the lone fighter, scoring a 55-ball 60 but none of the batters crossed 13 and eight managed just single-digit scores. The highlight of the Netherlands' bowling was fast bowler Logan van Beek, who picked up a hat-trick in the 18th over and finished with a haul of 4/27.
It was Netherlands' first hat-trick in T20I cricket.
Chasing a sub-par 117 was never going to be too much of a challenge for a team of Netherlands' calibre. Even though they lost Stephan Myburgh cheaply, Max O'Dowd and Bas de Leede stabilised the side quickly. They shared a 64-run stand before O'Dowd was dismissed for a 27-ball 45 in the ninth over. Tom Cooper then joined de Leede in the middle and the pair safely navigated the remaining runs. Although Cooper was out when scores were level, newcomer Scott Edwards immediately took the required single as Netherlands won by seven wickets with 40 balls to spare.
The Dutch have one foot in the door for the semi-finals, and should qualify even with a defeat to Uganda.
PNG won by 8 wickets
Toss: PNG chose to field
After being asked to bat first, Uganda lost Roger Mukasa early, in the third over. Ronak Patel fell at the beginning of the seventh over. It was a good start for PNG but they could not keep up the pressure. Opener Simon Ssesazi and Riazat Ali Shah negated the bowling threat and put up a 108-run stand for the third wicket. Ssesazi smashed a 48-ball 78, while Riazat just fell two runs short of a fifty. Both batters were dismissed in the 19th over and their partnership ensured that Uganda posted a competitive 160/4 in their 20 overs.
PNG got off to a confident start with opener Lega Siaka smashing a four and a six but their start was quickly derailed when Frank Nsubuga dismissed Siaka and Charles Amini in the space of five balls. The double-wicket over did little to dampen PNG's enthusiasm as their captain Assad Vala combined with Sese Bau to unleash a brutal assault. The duo shared an unbeaten 132-run stand and hit Uganda's bowlers all over the park. Vala finished on a fiery 93* off just 47 balls, while Bau scored a 37-ball 41*.
The win has kept PNG's chances of qualifying for the semi-finals alive.
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