Ireland secures 2-run victory over Canada on day two of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013

Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:46 PM

Ireland continued its winning form on day two of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q) to record a nail-biting two-run victory over Canada at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday. It was one of three matches live-streamed from the second day of the tournament on the ICC website

After being sent into bat, the Irish middle order piled on the runs, with Trent Johnston top scoring with 39 not out, Kevin O'Brien striking 31, Niall O'Brien scoring 27 and Gary Wilson scoring 24. The loss of Wilson’s wicket in the 18th over left Ireland at 133 for five, and Johnston combined with John Mooney (14 not out) to add another 35 runs to lead Ireland to a total of 168 for five from 20 overs.

Canada’s response started in the worst possible way, losing Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema on the first two deliveries. Ruvindu Gunasekera (65) and Ashish Bagai (67 not out) solidified a quick recovery and maintained a high run rate, leaving Canada in with a chance in the final over, requiring 14 runs. Despite a six and a four, Canada only managed to score 11 from the over to reach 166 for three, and Ireland recorded a two-run victory to make it two from two.

Day two of the tournament saw three more upsets, with PNG continuing its giant-slaying trend, defeating the Netherlands by 52 runs at ICC Academy 1, following a 60-ball 100 from Tony Ura. At the same venue, Bermuda overcame Denmark by nine wickets, while at ICC Academy 2, Nepal upset Kenya by six wickets despite a century from Rakep Patel (103).

In other matches on the second day, Afghanistan recorded victory over the Netherlands by 17 runs, Hong Kong defeated Uganda by four wickets, Italy defeated the USA by six wickets, and Namibia was victorious over the UAE by five wickets.

The star batsmen of the day were Kenya’s Rakep Patel (103), PNG’s Tony Ura (100), the USA’s Steven Taylor (91), Italy’s Gareth Berg (90) and Canada’s Ashish Bagai (67 not out).

Amongst the bowlers, the star performers included Uganda’s Roger Mukasa (four for 23), Hong Kong’s Tanwir Afzal and PNG’s Norman Vanua (each claimed three for 12),UAE’s Rohan Mustafa (three for 14), Bermuda’s Derrick Brangman (three for 29) and Scotland’s Iain Wardlaw (three for 40).

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