Mar 212014
ICC World Twenty20 2014: Chigumbura leads Zimbabwe to victory

Led by Elton Chigumbura’s explosive 53 runs off 21 balls, Zimbabwe cruised to victory in just 13.4 overs. Earlier, UAE could only manage 116 in their alloted 20 overs with only one solid partnerships. The win lifted Zimbabwe to the top spot in Group B and gave themselves a chance to make it to the Super 10s but only to be denied all thanks to a blistering performance from the Netherlands against Ireland, thereby qualifying from the group.

Match Review: Qualifiers: Group B: Match 11: Zimbabwe vs UAE – 21st March 2014, Sylhet Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Zimbabwe were reduced to 34/4 earlier in the innings due to the disciplined bowling of Shadeep Silva and Manjula Guruge.  Brendan Taylor tried to up the ante with two fours and a six but skied one to be dismissed for 15. Sean Williams was caught and bowled off Guruge, and then Ahmed Raza had Sikandar Raza caught by Kamran Shahzad at extra cover.

But fortunately, Vusi Sibanda and Chigumbura collaborated together as the duo hit 29 off 14 balls to give momentum back to the batting side. 

The twist came when Khurram Khan brought himself on in the 10th over and claimed Sibanda’s crucial wicket. But there was no respite for the UAE bowlers as Elton Chigumbura smashed an unbeaten 53 which included 6 fours and 3 sixes to help Zimbabwe chase down with 7.2 overs left. 

Put into bat, UAE lost two wickets in the second over of the game. Anwar edged a delivery from Tendai Chatara behind the stumps. Two balls later, Faizan Asif followed him throwing his wicket away on a run out. However, Williams and his left-arm spin put Zimbabwe back on track as UAE lost 6 wickets in the space of 22 runs, sulking at 88/8. Some critical runs from tailender Kamran Shazad helped the batting team to play all the 20 overs and get past 115.

A striking feature of Zimbabwe’s play was their sharp fielding in contrast to some lousy efforts from their counterparts.

UAE head home winless in the World T20 while Zimbabwe would rue their missed chances in the game against Ireland where a slightly better performance could have seen them qualify for the Super 10s.


Zimbabwe: 118/5 in 13.4 overs (E. Chigumbura 53*, T. Maruma 22* ; AM Guruge 2/18) beat UAE: 116/9 in 20 overs (SP Patil 30, Khurram Khan 26; SC Williams 3/15, Sikandar Raza 2/15) by 5 wickets

Player of the day: Elton Chigumbura (Zimbabwe)

Disappointment of the day: Ahmed Raza (UAE)

Umpires – B Bowden (New Zealand) and B Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire -M Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee – DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire – I Gould (England)

Mar 192014
ICC World Twenty20 2014: Ireland move one more step closer to qualification

In a must win game UAE couldn’t do much as Ireland recorded their 2ndstraight win to almost book their spot in the Super 10. UAE could only manage 123 in their 20 overs and Ireland were 21 runs ahead at a point when rain came in play. This loss meant UAE has been eliminated from the tournament with one more match to be played.

Match Review: ICC  Group B, Round 1, 3rd Match, Ireland vs UAE (United Arb Emrites) – 19th March 2014, Sylhet Stadium, Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Ireland put UAE into bat after winning the toss. UAE openers gave them good start putting on 35 in 5 overs before Asif was run out due to a misunderstanding. In the power play UAE scored 46/1. Ireland surprise package was Stirling who bowled a double wicket maiden. Opener Amjad Ali also fell in the 7thover bowled by Stirling for 20 two ball later Patil was gone for duck. This made the UAE’s rate slow down. Captain Khan and Anwar put on 42 for 4thwicket before was caught and bowled by Kevin O’Brien.

Soon in the next over UAE captain too dismissed which added more to their troubles. Javed and Mustafa played out the 20 overs to end their team at a score of 123. Shaiman Anwar was top scored with 30 and Stirling and O’Brien picked up two wickets each.

With a small target, Ireland got to a better start. Stirling the hero of previous match and with the ball today was hit on elbow the 1st ball he faced. He scored 8 runs before he left the field as his pain increased. Porterfield and Joyce took their team towards victory. They both put on 80 in 11.2 overs before Joyce was caught by Khurram off Asadullah for 43.

The next 9 balls produced 2 wickets which included K O’Brian and Poynter. They were 101/4 in 14 overs before match stopped due to flood light problem. They added 2 more runs in 2 balls after the start but rain this time interrupted the match stake, with Ireland needed 21 for win from 34 balls. After 20 minutes an official announcement came that that Ireland won the match by 21 runs by D/L method as they needed to be 82/3 in 14.2 overs. Porterfield remained unbeaten on 33.


Ireland: 103/3 in 14.2 overs (EC Joyce 43, WTS Porterfield 33*, S Asadullah 2/21) defeated UAE: 123/6 in 20 overs (S Anwar 30, A Ali 20, PR Stirling 2/14, KJ O’Brien 2/17) by 22 runs (D/L Method).

Player of the Match: EC Joyce (Ireland)

Disappointment of the Match: Khurram Khan (UAE)

Debuts:  Ahmed Raza & Sharif Asadullah (UAE)

Umpires:  M Erasmus (South Africa) & IJ Gould (England)

Mar 192014
Zimbabwe in last ball thriller, floodlight failure mars Ireland win

Published: 7:00AM Thursday March 20, 2014 Source: AP

Zimbabwe notched a thrilling last-ball victory against a spirited Netherlands in a World Twenty20 qualifier today to stay in contention for the main round.

Needing one run off the last ball, Vusi Sibanda lofted fast bowler Ahsan Malik over long on for a six to get his team over the line at 146-5.

Tom Cooper’s brilliant unbeaten 72 off 58 balls lifted the Netherlands to 140-5 after Zimbabwe had them at 4-35 within the first five overs. Offspinner Prosper Utseya (2-24) claimed two wickets.

Cooper hit nine fours and a six and added 52 runs for the fifth wicket with Ben Cooper (20) before cutting loose in a 53-run stand with Mudassar Bukhari (14 not out).

Zimbabwe’s run chase was smooth as opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza and captain Brendan Taylor put on 62 runs for the second wicket, until medium pacer Pieter Sellar removed Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura within three deliveries.

Taylor scored 49 off 39 balls before he fell in the 19th over with Zimbabwe still needing 15 runs.

“Very basic errors on the boundary cost us 10-15 runs, not good enough for a professional outfit,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, we can rectify that against UAE and we’ll be a chance.”

Ireland defeated Zimbabwe in the first match, and met United Arab Emirates late Wednesday.

Zimbabwe 146-5in 20 overs (Brendan Taylor 49, Hamilton Masakadza 43; Pieter Seelaar 2-9) def.Netherlands 140-5in 20 (Tom Cooper 72 not out, Ben Cooper 20; Prosper Utseya 2-24) by 5 wickets.

Irelnd beat the United Arab Emirates by 21 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis Method at the World Twenty20 on after a game that was cut short by rain and also being twice interrupted by power failures.

Ireland was cruising at 103-3 in the 15th over of the Group B qualifier when the floodlights went out for a second time in 13 minutes – and the rain came down.

Ed Joyce made 43 off 38 balls while captain William Porterfield was unbeaten on 33 before rain stopped further play.

The two seasoned Ireland batsmen took the total to 95 after Paul Stirling was struck on the elbow by a short pitched delivery of Sharif Asadullah in the first over and had to retire hurt in the next over with the total on 15.

UAE hit back in the closing stages with three wickets in the space of six runs, but by that time the outcome was all but decided.

“It was very pleasing to limit them to 120 on that pitch,” Porterfield said. “Paul is fine and we know if we beat Netherlands we are through.”

UAE was earlier restricted to 123-6 with Paul Stirling claiming 2-12 and Kevin O’Brien dismissing top scorer Shaiman Anwar (30) and Amjad Javed (19).

Ireland defeated Zimbabwe in its opening match and is now the favorite to advance after its last qualifier against the Netherlands.

Ireland 103-3 in 14.2 overs(Ed Joyce 43, William Porterfield 33 not out; Sharif Asadullah 2-21)UAE 123-6(Shaiman Anwar 30, Amjad Ali 20; Paul Stirling 2-12, Kevin O’Brien 2-17)

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Mar 172014
Khurram points finger at catching
Khurram Khan was bowled by Tom Cooper for 31, Netherlands v United Arab Emirates, World T20, 1st round, Group B, March 17, 2014

Khurram Khan was one of two quick wickets for Tom Cooper which swayed the game Netherlands’ way © ICC

Khurram Khan, the UAE captain, has said that poor catching and bowling were why his side lost to Netherlands despite posting what he felt was a reasonable total. UAE made 151 after choosing to bat and, although they were in a position at various stages to have made a few more runs, Khurram felt it was their defence of the target that left a lot to be desired.

“I do not think it was big match nerves,” Khurram said. “Fielding was a real concern for the last few games. We dropped them in the last game as well. We are giving too many chances in the field, dropped too many and in the end we paid for that.”

UAE put down at least four chances and also gave away runs through misfields. The Netherlands openers effectively ran away with the game when they added 69 inside seven overs but Khurram said UAE’s bowlers had also contributed to that by not sticking to disciplined lines and lengths.

“There is no doubt about it. They batted really well. But that is what happens in the first six overs if you don’t bowl well, in the good areas. Obviously you are going to go for runs and then we kept giving them chances, we dropped so many catches.”

Khurram admitted UAE should have managed a bigger total, given that they were 79 for 2 in the 11th over and 127 for 4 in the 16th. “I said 150 would have been a good target but you have to keep in mind that you have to bowl very well and take your catches. At one stage, we could have got 170-175. We were 25 runs short. That was the difference in the end.”

It was Khurram who, along with Swapnil Patil, had rebuilt UAE’s innings from 12 for 2. However, both batsmen were dismissed in the space of four deliveries, bowled by Tom Cooper as they tried late-cutting despite not having much room. Khurram said that as set batsmen, they should have pushed on for longer.

“It is the responsibility of the batsman who is there. I gave away my wicket in the same over Swapnil got out and then in the 15th-16th over we lost three wickets in the span of three-four runs. Both Rohan [Mustafa] and Shaiman [Anwar] were playing very well and Amjad Javed is a very good batsman for us. That cost us dearly.”

Mar 172014
Ireland stun Zimbabwe, Netherlands dispatch UAE

Published: 7:40AM Tuesday March 18, 2014 Source: AP

Opening batsman Paul Stirling made a half century today as Ireland produced a stunning three-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in Group B of the World Twenty20.

Stirling hit 60 off 34 balls with nine fours and a six, and despite a late flurry of wickets Ireland cruised to 164-7 off the last ball after Zimbabwe scored 163-5.

Stirling and captain William Porterfield (31) laid a solid platform in the run chase by adding 80 off 50 balls before fast bowler Tinashe Panyangara grabbed 4-37 but could not stop Ireland from scoring four runs in the last over.

“Just glad we got over the line,” Stirling said. “We have played all over Bangladesh in the recent past (but) I wasn’t really looking toward the final stages of the match.”

Earlier, Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor top scored with 59 off 46 balls as spinners George Dockrell (2-18) and Andy McBrine (2-26) struck regularly to restrict their opponents.

Ireland have two relatively easy opponents in the remaining two group matches – United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands – with the top team set to join South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and England in Group 2 of the main round.

Meanwhile, Stephan Myburgh smashed a half century and medium fast bowler Ahsan Malik grabbed 3-16 in the Netherlands’ convincing six-wicket win over United Arab Emirates.

Myburgh blazed seven fours and two sixes in his 55 off 36 balls as the Netherlands eased to 152-4 with seven balls to spare after Malik’s three late strikes had bowled out UAE for 151 in 19.5 overs.

The Netherlands joined Ireland at the top of Group B after the Irishmen stunned Zimbabwe by three wickets. Top team from the group will join South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and New Zealand in Group 2 of the main round.

Shaiman Anwar top scored with 32 for UAE – playing in the ICC tournament after 18 years – as none of the middle-order batsmen could capitalize on steady starts. Captain Khurram Khan scored 31 with four boundaries before he was bowled by Cooper.

The Netherlands took some smart catches and were brilliant in the outfield as Cooper ran out Shadeep Silva off a direct throw from the deep.

Myburgh and Michael Swart set the tone with a rollicking start of 69 runs off 40 balls with Cooper remaining unbeaten on 34 off 26 balls.

“We did struggle in manageable chases in warm-ups, and we wanted to get over this one,” captain Peter Borren said after the Netherlands had lost both their warm-up matches.

“Myburgh set things up brilliantly and Tom Cooper was superb, I would have settled for chasing 165-170 and I think we dragged them back well.”

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Mar 172014
Dutch Ease Past UAE
Tom Cooper plays a shot

Tom Cooper was named man of the match for his efforts with both bat and ball against the UAE.

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Netherlands 152-4 (Myburgh 55) beat
United Arab Emirates 151 by 6 wickets
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group B, Sylhet

After the drama of the day’s first game in Sylhet, it was the Netherlands who won a rather more straightforward second game to top Group B at this early stage in the ICC World Twenty20 2014.

The Dutch eased to their target of 152 in the penultimate over of their chase for the loss of just four wickets. Tom Cooper, whose last-minute replacement for Tim Gruijters in the Dutch squad had made headlines earlier in the day, ended unbeaten on 34 off 26 balls to follow on from a rapid half-century from opener Stephan Myburgh.

The United Arab Emirates had won the toss at the start of the evening and would have been pretty pleased with their total of 151, which was built around contributions from the middle-order quartet of Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil, Shaiman Anwar and Rohan Mustafa.

Sometime Australian state players Timm van der Gugten and Michael Swart each struck in their opening overs to peg the UAE back initially. However, their ever-consistent skipper Khan, along with Patil, ensured that there would be no more early dramas. The pair added 67 for the third-wicket in less than nine overs.

They did both depart in quick succession, bowled by Cooper’s off-spin for 31 off 25 balls and 23 off 28 balls respectively, but Mustafa and Anwar then put on a further 47 for the sixth-wicket to take the score well into three figures.

Again, they both fell in quick succession and this time it did rather stall the momentum of the innings in its final four overs as they yielded only 20 runs for the loss of four wickets. Mustafa was run-out via a direct hit from Dutch skipper Peter Borren for 20 off 14 balls, with Anwar then being bowled by van der Gugten (2-24) two balls later for 32 off just 19 deliveries.

The lower-order didn’t really contribute, as Ahsan Malik (3-16) picked up three wickets in his final two overs. Amjad Javed was caught by Pieter Seelaar to make it 133 for seven, with Vikrant Shetty (10) and Kamran Shahzad (0) both dismissed in the final over of the innings.

The Netherlands opening pair of Myburgh and Swart then got their side well ahead of the required run rate and they never really looked back. The duo out on 69 before Swart was removed by Shahzad in the seventh over for a sprightly 26 off 16 balls. Myburgh reached his second Twenty20 International half-century off 32 balls before being run-out from the final ball of the 10th over with the score on 93.

Wesley Barresi and Cooper took the Dutch ever closer to the winning line by adding 36 in less than five overs for the third-wicket. Barresi was bowled by left-arm spinner Shadeep Silva (1-38) when on 24, with Borren handing Shahzad (2-19) a second wicket having scored just three. However, Ben Cooper joined his older brother Tom and the two took the Netherlands across the winning line in the 19th over.

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The eight lowest ranked sides will play in two groups of four between 16th and 21st March with the group winners qualifying for the next stage.

Group A: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal

Group B: Ireland, Netherlands, UAE, Zimbabwe

The sides in each ‘Super 10’ group will play each other between 21st March and 1st April.

Group 1: England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Group B Qualifier

Group 2: Australia, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Group A Qualifier

The semi-finals will be held on 3rd and 4th April with Mirpur hosting the final on 6th April

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