ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013
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 www.icc-cricket.com.

Andy Northcote during his knock of 90 against the USA. Photo by Graham Crouch-IDI/IDI via Getty Images

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).

Scores in brief:
At Abu Dhabi Oval 2, Abu Dhabi
USA 160-5, 20 overs (Steven Taylor 91, Karan Ganesh 36; Shan Munasinghe 2-26)
Italy 163-4, 19.2 overs (Gareth Berg 90, Carl Sandri 27 not out; Karan Ganesh 2-32)
Result: Italy won by 6 wickets
Player of the Match: Gareth Berg (Italy)

At Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Namibia 120-9, 20 overs (Christi Viljoen 35, JJ Smit 23; Rohan Mustafa 3-14 Nasir Aziz 2-29)
UAE 121-5, 19 overs (Mohammad Azam 51 not out, Khurram Khan 23; Bernard Scholtz 2-25)
Result: UAE won by five wickets
Player of the Match: Rohan Mustafa (UAE)

At Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Ireland 168-5, 20 overs (Trent Johnston 39 not out, Kevin O’Brien 31, Niall O’Brien 27; Jimmy Hansra 2-24, Harvir Baidwan 2-29)
Canada 166-3, 20 overs (Ashish Bagai 67 not out, Ruvindu Gunasekera 65, Jimmy Hansra 22 not out; Max Sorensen 2-23)
Result: Ireland won by 2 runs
Player of the Match: Ashish Bagai (Canada)

At Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi
Uganda 105 all out, 20 overs (Richard Okia 31, Phillimon Mukobe 21 Tanwir Afzal 3-12, Munir Dar 2-25)
Hong Kong 107-6, 18.1 overs (Irfan Ahmed 27, Tanwir Afzal 26 not out; Roger Mukasa 4-23)
Result: Hong Kong won by 4 wickets
Player of the Match: Tanwir Afzal (Hong Kong)

At ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai
Denmark 111-8, 20 overs (Hamid Shah 31, Frederik Klokker 23; Derrick Brangman 3-29, Dion Stovell 2-14)
Bermuda 111-8, 20 overs (Tre Manders 45 not out, David Hemp 27 not out, Dion Stovell 24)
Result: Bermuda won by 9 wickets
Player of the Match: Tre Manders (Bermuda)

At ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai
PNG 193-3, 20 overs (Tony Ura 100, Kila Pala 57)
Netherlands 141-9, 20 overs (Michael Rippon 50 not out, Pieter Seelaar 25; Norman Vanua 3-12, Charles Amini 2-24)
Result: PNG won by 52 runs
Player of the Match: Tony Ura (PNG)

At ICC Academy Oval 2, Dubai
Kenya 182-7, 20 overs (Rakep Patel 103, Morris Ouma 37; Jitendra Mukhiya 2-31, Basant Regmi 2-34)
Nepal 186-4, 19.4 overs (Paras Khadka 54 not out, Subash Khakurel 54, Gyanendra Malla 32)
Result: Nepal won by 6 wickets
Player of the Match: Rakep Patel (Kenya)

At Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Afghanistan 171-6, 20 overs (Mohammad Nabi 46, Mohammad Shahzad 42, Samiullah Shenwari 31 not out; Iain Wardlaw 3-40, Gordon Goudie 2-29)
Scotland 154-6, 20 overs (Calum MacLeod 56, Matt Machan 54; Shapoor Zadran 2-30)
Result: Afghanistan won by 17 runs
Player of the Match: Dawlat Zadran (Afghanistan)

Fixtures for Sunday 17 November (Day 3):
Namibia v USA, (1400-1700), Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Abu Dhabi
Ireland v UAE, (1400-1700), Abu Dhabi Oval 2, Abu Dhabi
Netherlands v Bermuda, (1400-1700), ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai
Afghanistan v PNG, (1400-1700), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah