UAE crash out of World T20 after poor batting display

Sudhir Gupta 20/03/2014
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Power play: Ed Joyce top scored for Ireland with a 38-ball 43.

Ireland sent debutants UAE crashing out of the World Twenty20 on Wednesday winning the Group B match in Sylhet by the Duckwoth Lewis method.

The Irish, who opted to bowl after winning the toss, restricted their opponents to 123-6 in 20 overs before reaching 103-3 in 14.2 overs when two power failures and then rain stopped play.

Ireland were declared the winners by 21 runs using the Duckworth Lewis formula.

It was Ireland’s second win on the trot and a second successive defeat for UAE means they are now eliminated from the tournament.

UAE captain Khurram Khan conceded they did not put up a competitive total. “On this wicket, the score was below par, to be honest.

“If you look at the previous games, 140-150 has been regularly achieved here. So yeah, we were 25-30 runs short on this wicket because of the last finishing overs. We did not score much in the last few overs. In the last two-three games, that has been happening every time.”

UAE’s innings was largely hit or miss, playing out several dot balls in a quest for boundaries, and there were nearly eight overs worth of scoreless deliveries.

“Let us not take any credit from them [Ireland’s bowlers],” said Khan. “They bowled very well, in very good areas. We were looking to get boundaries. The batsmen who were batting at that stage did not try to get singles. It does not mean you cannot get a boundary also. So it was a mixof both – we tried to get boundaries and did not concentrate on singles at that stage.

“There were a couple of times when we sent a guy in with the message that if you are not getting boundaries, at least keep getting the runs, rotate the strike, and in between, you will get the boundary.

“I think that was the difference in the end. We could not get boundaries in the last-four five overs, not enough boundaries to put pressure on the opponents.”

Khan indicated the team will benefit from the experience of playing in a world-class tournament and it should stand them in good stead for the 2015 World Cup.

“Exposure is definitely going to help a lot,” he said. “The teams that we are playing at the world stage, we have not been exposed to such a stage. So obviously, we are going to learn a lot from here and that is what we are doing.

“We already tried working hard since we came from New Zealand [after qualifying for the 50-over World Cup]. There wasn’t enough time to prepare for this tournament, but hopefully we will go back and start working hard for the next one.”

Ireland lost their opener Paul Stirling, who hit a brilliant 60 in his team’s three-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Monday, for just eight but quickly rallied.

Ed Joyce top-scored with 43 while skipper William Porterfield made 33 not out.

Ireland’s bowlers, led by spinner Paul Stirling (2-12) and paceman Kevin O’Brien (2-17) kept it tight, preventing any UAE batsmen from hitting a big innings despite a soild 35-run start in five overs.

Once opener Amjad Ali fell for 20, it all went wrong for the UAE. Shaiman Anwar top-scored with a 28-ball 30 which included two sixes but the total always looked well short on a good batting pitch.

Elsewhere in Group B, skipper Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza kept Zimbabwe’s hopes alive with a hard-fought five-wicket win over the Netherlands.

Taylor hit a solid 39-ball 49 while Masakadza scored 43 off 45 balls to help Zimbabwe pass their 141-run target with a six off the last ball.

When Taylor was dismissed after hitting two fours and a six, 15 runs were needed off the last 11 balls.

When the last over began, seven was still needed but Sean Williams hit a lucky boundary and then ran himself out for 26 with the scores tied.

But Vusi Sibanda hit paceman Ahsan Malik for a huge six to give Zimbabwe victory. The Dutch also have one win from two games and are still in with a chance of progressing.

Taylor believed there was still plenty of room for improvement.

“We committed very basic errors on the boundary which cost us 10-15 runs,” he said. “It wasn’t good enough for a professional outfit.”

The Netherlands, who won the toss and batted, were lifted from a precarious 19-3 to 140-5 by a fighting 58-ball 72 not out from Tom Cooper, including nine fours and a six.

Cooper added an invaluable 52 for the fifth wicket with brother Ben Cooper (20) after spinner Prosper Utseya (2-24) had dismissed opener Stefan Myburgh for a duck off the third ball of the innings.

Zimbabwe face UAE in their final group match on Friday while the Netherlands take on leaders Ireland on the same day.

The top two teams in both Group A and B will join the eight seeds in the Super 10, starting from Friday.

Most popular

Related Sections

Zimbabwe keep alive World T20 hopes with win over Netherlands

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Alive for now: Zimbabwe still have a faint chance of making the Super 10 stage of the World T20.

Skipper Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza kept Zimbabwe's hopes alive in the World Twenty20 tournament Wednesday with a hard-fought five-wicket win over the Netherlands in Sylhet.

Taylor hit a solid 39-ball 49 while Masakadza scored a 45-ball 43 to guide Zimbabwe past their 141-run target off the last ball.

When Taylor was dismissed after hitting two fours and a six, 15 runs were needed off the last 11 balls and as the last over began, seven were still needed.

Sean Williams hit a lucky boundary and then ran himself out for 26 with the scores tied but Vusi Sibanda hit paceman Ahsan Malik for a huge six to give Zimbabwe victory.

The Netherlands, who won the toss and batted, were lifted from a precarious 19-3 to 140-5 by a fighting 58-ball 72 not out from Tom Cooper, including nine fours and a six.

Cooper added an invaluable 52 for the fifth wicket with brother Ben Cooper (20) after spinner Prosper Utseya (2-24) had dismissed opener Stefan Myburgh for a duck with just the third ball of the innings.

The Netherlands won their opening match against the United Arab Emirates in Group B and will now face Ireland on Friday to decide who goes through to the next round.

Wednesaday's win keeps Zimbabwe in the race after they lost their first match to Ireland with the UAE awaiting the Zimbabweans on Friday. Bangladesh, meanwhile, have won both their games in Group A.

The top two teams from the preliminary rounds will join the eight seeded teams in the Super-10 stage starting March 21.

Most popular

Related Sections

Shane Watson: World T20 a poorer place without Pietersen

Rory Dollard 19/03/2014
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
New role: Pietersen has been appointed Delhi Daredevils captain for IPL7.

Australia’s Shane Watson believes the World Twenty20 is a poorer event without Kevin Pietersen and has urged England to rethink their decision to axe him.

Watson is a huge fan of Pietersen’s and was surprised to see his international career prematurely ended following England’s Ashes humiliation this winter.

Pietersen finished that series as the tourists’ highest run scorer but was told he had no future by the England and Wales Cricket Board, who did not directly address rumours regarding the 33-year-old’s conduct but did talk of “rebuilding the team ethic”.

Watson, though, is sad to see his old foe off the world stage.

“I think it’s a shame Kevin Pietersen is not playing international cricket anymore,” he said. “He’s always been one of my favourite players to watch. I love seeing him bat, the way he takes on the game.

“He’s a world class player, so for me it’s sad that I won’t see him again in international cricket and England will certainly miss his cricket ability. The tournament loses a bit for his absence, and he wasn’t at the last one in Sri Lanka either. That he’s missing from a tournament makes it poorer for that.”

A return to England colours seems highly unlikely for Pietersen, with events such as a recent Twitter spat with Matt Prior suggesting that the situation is irretrievable, but Watson thinks the arrival of a new head coach this summer offers some hope.

“Maybe things will change when there’s a new man in charge,” said Watson. “My experience of Kevin is that he’s a good guy, so it’s about making sure everyone moves in the same direction.

“Fingers crossed he does come back – I don’t particularly like to play against him when he’s in form – but he’s one of the great players, no doubt.

“There’s a fair bit going on in the England camp and there has been for a while but they need to have someone who is a strong leader to point the ship in the right direction and get everyone pulling for the same goal, like Darren Lehmann did for us. For England’s sake I hope it works out.”

Meanwhile, Pietersen was appointed captain of the Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming Indian Premier League season.

The 34-year-old former England batsman will lead the Daredevils out for the seventh edition of the IPL with wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik confirmed as his deputy.

The IPL franchise announced the news on their official Twitter feed, stating: “DelhiDaredevils name @KP24 as Captain and @DineshKarthik as his deputy for @ PepsiIPL2014.”

England’s record run scorer is free for a full IPL season for the first time after his adopted country controversially severed all ties with him. That should be great news for the UAE's cricket fans, who will have the chance to see the iconic batsman up-close-and-personal after the Emirates were named co-host of IPL7.

Pietersen is in his third season with the Daredevils but was out injured last year after previously representing Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers.

Most popular

Related Sections