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Friday 16 March 2012,

(BNA) Kabul
Defending champion Afghanistan rode on an excellent all-round performance by Karim Sadiq to sink Denmark by 89 runs at Sharjah while Raymond van Schoor stroked a fine 79 as Namibia overpowered a spirited United States of America (USA) by 17 runs at the ICC Global Cricket Academy, Oval 2, Dubai Sports City.

In the other matches of the day, Canada routed Hong Kong by eight wickets, Kenya beat Oman by 35 runs and Papua New Guinea defeated Nepal by 35 runs (all in Group A) while Ireland defeated Italy by two wickets, Scotland beat Uganda by 34 runs and the Netherlands held its nerves to overcome Bermuda by four runs (all in Group B).

After three rounds, Afghanistan leads Group A with three wins each from as many matches while the Netherlands, Canada and 16th seed Nepal have two wins from three matches.

The position in Group B is, however, very exciting with Namibia leading the pack, followed by a four-way tie for the second place between Italy, Uganda, Ireland and Scotland.

All the 16 teams are currently targeting a place in the top three of each group which will keep their chances of qualifying for this September's ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 alive.

The two sides that will top their respective groups will feature in the 1st Qualifying Final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 22 March with the winner sealing a place for the Sri Lanka tournament to be staged from 18 September to 7 October.

The sides that finish second and third in the two groups will play cross-over matches. The two winners will progress to the Preliminary Final to be played on 23 March at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The 2nd Qualifying Final - for the second spot in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 - will take place on the morning of 24 March at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium between the loser of the 1st Qualifying Final and the winner of the Preliminary Final.

Reverting to the third day's proceedings, Afghanistan opener Karim Sadiq turned in a fine all-round performance (91 and four for 12) to steal the show in his side's 89 runs win over Denmark at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Sadiq, whose 91 came off 60 balls and included nine fours and five sixes, later said: "This was my best day in Twenty20 cricket. I love to entertain and so I love Twenty20 cricket. I am glad that I could contribute to the team's win today. We are looking good and want to keep up the winning momentum."

At the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai Sports City, Namibia defeated the United States of America (USA) by 17 runs. Opener Raymond van Schoor struck a fine 79 and former captain Craig Williams chipped in with 41 as Namibia posted 177 for four. In turn, the USA fought gallantly before finishing at 160 for seven.

A delighted Namibia captain Sarel Berger said: "Obviously, it is great position to be in. We won all our three matches, including two against the more dangerous and experienced sides like Ireland and Scotland, which is something we were hoping for."

Man of the match van Schoor slapped 11 fours in a 55-ball 79 and after putting on 49 runs for the first wicket with Gerrie Snyman (29), he added 56 runs for the third wicket with Williams whose 41 came off 26 balls and included two fours and three sixes.

In turn, the USA showed a lot of grit and fight but ended up 17 runs short at 160 for eight with Aditya Mishra and Orlando Baker scoring 53 and 38, respectively.

At Abu Dhabi, Ireland claimed a tight victory by two wickets over Italy. The Italians were lucky to make 100 in their 20 overs after captain Alessandro Bonora hit two sixes on his way to making 20 to ensure the side reached triple figures for the innings. Michael di Venuto scored 23 off 44 balls.

In its chase, Gary Wilson proved to be the batsman of note for Ireland after the 26-year-old right-hander hit 30 not out to guide the team home after the top order failed against strong Italian bowling led by Damian Crowley.

Wilson later said: "I think some big lessons need to be learnt from this game but that being said I'm still delighted that we've secured a win after our disappointment against Namibia. I'm not sure we were complacent against Italy that certainly wasn't the case in the dressing room."

 

Friday 16 March 2012,

(BNA) DHAKA: Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets on Thursday to virtually book their place in the final of the Asia Cup one-day tournament here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.

Chasing 189, Pakistan made a disastrous start losing three early wickets for 33 but captain Misbah-ul-Haq and young Umar Akmal came to rescue and steered their team to a comfortable victory in 39.5 overs.

This was Pakistan’s second successive win after a 21-run victory over Bangladesh on March 13. Now, Pakistan will face India in their last league match on March 18.

Both hit half-centuries, 19th for Misbah and 14th for Umar in one-day international cricket.

They were involved in an impressive fourth wicket partnership of 152 runs which was Pakistan’s second century stand for any wicket in this tournament.

Misbah remained not out on 72, scored off 93 balls with a six and nine fours while Umar hammered 77 from 72 balls with two sixes and seven boundaries.

For Sri Lanka, paceman Suranga Lakmal claimed two wickets for 37.

Earlier, the defending champions were bowled out for 188 runs in 45.4 overs after captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and decided to bat first.

Kumar Sangakkara (71) and Upul Tharanga (57) hit half-centuries while only openers Jayawardene (12) and Tillekaratne Dilshan (20) were the only other batsmen to get into double figures.

Paceman Aizaz Cheema was the most successful bowler with four wickets for 43 runs and later won the man-of-the-match award while off-break bowler Saeed Ajmal captured three for 27 and pacer Umar Gul two for 20.

Umar Gul also completed his 150 ODI wickets – the tenth Pakistani bowler to reach this milestone.

Sri Lanka were well-placed at 161-4 following a 96-run fifth wicket stand between former skipper Sangakkara before losing their last six wickets for 27 runs.

Saeed Ajmal started the slide when he bowled Tharanga and then removed Farveez Maharoof and last-man Suranga Lakmal.

Cheema, who conceded 21 runs in his first two overs, came back strongly to dismiss openers Mahela Jayawardene (12) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (20) in quick succession before removing Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga.

The Pakistani bowlers were backed by their fielders, with Younis Khan taking a superb catch to his left in the slips to account for Dinesh Chandimal off Gul.

Sri Lanka raced to 33 in the opening five overs before they were reduced to 65-4, with Cheema taking two wickets and Gul and Hammad Azam one apiece.

Wednesday 15 March 2012,

(BNA)

Afghanistan cricket team won by 89 runs the match at Sharhah International Cricket Stadium today

 

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Afghanistan cricket team also won by 4 wickets Papua New Guinea and Netherland  in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in two last days .

Here is full scorecard:

 

 

 

Batting - Afghanistan 1st innings

Runs

B

4's

6's

S/R

Karim Sadiq

b Anjum

91

60

9

5

151.67

Gulbodin Naib

c Rizwan Mahmood b Chawla

14

17

2

0

82.35

Mohammad Shahzad+

c Pedersen b Chawla

11

13

1

0

84.62

Nawroz Mangal*

b Aftab Ahmed

22

18

1

1

122.22

Mohammad Nabi

b Anjum

15

8

1

1

187.5

Shabir Noori

not out

6

4

1

0

150

Mirwais Ashraf

not out

6

1

0

1

600

Samiullah Shenwari

 

0

0

0

0

0

Javed Ahmadi

 

0

0

0

0

0

Izatullah Dawlatzai

 

0

0

0

0

0

Zamir Khan

 

0

0

0

0

0

Extras

(b 1, lb 0, w 5, nb 1, pen )

7

 

Total

(20.0 overs , 5 wickets )

172   ( 8.6 runs per over)


Fall of wickets: 1 - 52 (Gulbodin Naib, 8.2), 2 - 89 (Mohammad Shahzad, 12.3), 3 - 137 (Karim Sadiq, 17.2), 4 - 143 (Nawroz Mangal, 18.3), 5 - 166 (Mohammad Nabi, 19.5)

 

 

Bowling - Denmark 1st Innings

O

M

R

W

NB

WD

E/R

Bashir Shah

2.0

0

22

0

0

0

11

Anjum

4.0

0

34

2

0

0

8.5

Javed

4.0

0

22

0

1

0

5.5

Aftab Ahmed

3.0

0

26

1

0

1

8.67

Pedersen

3.0

0

31

0

0

0

10.33

Chawla

4.0

0

36

2

0

0

9




 

 

Batting - Denmark 1st innings

Runs

B

4's

6's

S/R

Klokker+

c Nawroz Mangal b Mirwais Ashraf

7

7

1

0

100

Shehzad Ahmed

b Karim Sadiq

8

15

1

0

53.33

Pedersen*

lbw Karim Sadiq

13

19

0

0

68.42

Aftab Ahmed

c Gulbodin Naib b Zamir Khan

1

2

0

0

50

Rizwan Mahmood

b Karim Sadiq

1

5

0

0

20

Chawla

st Mohammad Shahzad b Samiullah Shenwari

2

8

0

0

25

Moniz

b Karim Sadiq

3

5

0

0

60

Kamran Mahmood

not out

25

32

1

0

78.13

Javed

lbw Nawroz Mangal

11

20

0

0

55

Bashir Shah

b Nawroz Mangal

4

8

0

0

50

Anjum

not out

1

1

0

0

100

Extras

(b 0, lb 3, w 2, nb 2, pen )

7

 

Total

(20.0 overs , 9 wickets )

83   ( 4.15 runs per over)


Fall of wickets: 1 - 14 (Klokker, 2.1), 2 - 23 (Shehzad Ahmed, 4.4), 3 - 24 (Aftab Ahmed, 5.1), 4 - 28 (Rizwan Mahmood, 6.5), 5 - 35 (Pedersen, 8.3), 6 - 40 (Chawla, 9.4), 7 - 40 (Moniz, 10.1), 8 - 73 (Javed, 17.3), 9 - 81 (Bashir Shah, 19.4)

 

 

Bowling - Afghanistan 1st Innings

O

M

R

W

NB

WD

E/R

Mirwais Ashraf

2.0

0

8

1

2

0

4

Gulbodin Naib

1.0

0

11

0

0

0

11

Zamir Khan

3.0

0

6

1

0

0

2

Karim Sadiq

4.0

0

12

4

0

1

3

Samiullah Shenwari

3.0

0

11

1

0

0

3.67

Mohammad Nabi

4.0

0

18

0

0

0

4.5

Nawroz Mangal

3.0

0

14

2

0

0

4.67




 

Match details

Toss: Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.
Umpires: R Dill and JS Wilson
Referee: DT Jukes

Wednesday 14 March 2012,

Afghanistan cricket team won by 4 wickets ( 2 balls remaining ) the match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium today

 

Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first

Afghanistan cricket team also won by 4 wickets  Papua New Guinea in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Yesterday .

Here is full scorecard:

 

 

Batting - Netherlands 1st innings

Runs

B

4's

6's

S/R

Myburgh

b Karim Sadiq

19

17

3

0

111.76

Swart

lbw Samiullah Shenwari

22

16

3

0

137.5

Cooper

run out ( Samiullah Shenwari )

7

11

0

0

63.64

Kervezee

not out

58

43

1

3

134.88

Barresi+

b Izatullah Dawlatzai

14

13

1

0

107.69

Borren*

c †Mohammad Shahzad b Izatullah Dawlatzai

5

8

0

0

62.5

Mudassar Bukhari

c Nawroz Mangal b Izatullah Dawlatzai

10

8

2

0

125

de Grooth

not out

3

4

0

0

75

Seelaar

 

0

0

0

0

0

van der Gugten

 

0

0

0

0

0

Jamil

 

0

0

0

0

0

Extras

(b 0, lb 2, w 9, nb 0, pen )

11

 

Total

(20.0 overs , 6 wickets )

149   ( 7.45 runs per over)


Fall of wickets: 1 - 44 (Swart, 5.2), 2 - 51 (Myburgh, 6.1), 3 - 62 (Cooper, 8.3), 4 - 94 (Barresi, 13.4), 5 - 100 (Borren, 15.1), 6 - 117 (Mudassar Bukhari, 17.3)

 

 

Bowling - Afghanistan 1st Innings

O

M

R

W

NB

WD

E/R

Dawlat Zadran

4.0

0

35

0

0

4

8.75

Mirwais Ashraf

2.0

0

20

0

0

0

10

Karim Sadiq

4.0

0

19

1

0

0

4.75

Samiullah Shenwari

4.0

0

25

1

0

1

6.25

Mohammad Nabi

2.0

0

15

0

0

0

7.5

Izatullah Dawlatzai

4.0

0

33

3

0

0

8.25




 

 

Batting - Afghanistan 1st innings

Runs

B

4's

6's

S/R

Karim Sadiq

c Seelaar b Mudassar Bukhari

11

9

2

0

122.22

Gulbodin Naib

c de Grooth b Borren

5

16

0

0

31.25

Mohammad Shahzad+

lbw Jamil

54

44

8

0

122.73

Nawroz Mangal*

c Cooper b Jamil

26

19

2

1

136.84

Mohammad Nabi

c Myburgh b Swart

22

13

3

0

169.23

Samiullah Shenwari

not out

9

10

0

0

90

Mirwais Ashraf

b Mudassar Bukhari

2

2

0

0

100

Noor Ali Zadran

not out

11

5

2

0

220

Javed Ahmadi

 

0

0

0

0

0

Izatullah Dawlatzai

 

0

0

0

0

0

Dawlat Zadran

 

0

0

0

0

0

Extras

(b 5, lb 0, w 5, nb 0, pen )

10

 

Total

(19.4 overs , 6 wickets )

150   ( 7.73 runs per over)


Fall of wickets: 1 - 14 (Karim Sadiq, 2.2), 2 - 47 (Gulbodin Naib, 7.1), 3 - 105 (Nawroz Mangal, 14.3), 4 - 108 (Mohammad Shahzad, 14.6), 5 - 134 (Mohammad Nabi, 17.6), 6 - 137 (Mirwais Ashraf, 18.3)

 

 

Bowling - Netherlands 1st Innings

O

M

R

W

NB

WD

E/R

Swart

3.0

0

26

1

0

0

8.67

van der Gugten

2.0

0

21

0

0

1

10.5

Mudassar Bukhari

2.0

0

12

2

0

0

6

Seelaar

4.0

1

21

0

0

0

5.25

Borren

2.0

0

18

1

0

0

9

Jamil

3.4

0

32

2

0

0

9.41

Cooper

3.0

0

15

0

0

0

5