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ABU DHABI---Group champions
Afghanistan and Ireland will meet in
today s final of the ICC World Cup Twen-
ty20 qualifying tournament in the United
Arab Emirates after cruising through their
Group B winners Afghanistan thrashed
Nepal by seven wickets with 34 balls remain-
ing, while Group A winners Ireland ham-
mered hosts United Arab Emirates by 62
Afghanistan and Ireland will be accom-
panied by UAE, Nepal, Hong Kong and the
Netherlands in next year s World Cup proper
in Bangladesh. The top six teams out of 16
who competed in the qualifiers will join the
10 full ICC members for the fifth edition
of the World Twenty20, to be staged from
March 16 to April 6.
In yesterday s first semi-final,
Afghanistan s bowlers proved too experi-
enced as they swept to victory after restrict-
ing Nepal to a modest 90-8, in which Sharad
Vesawkar topscored with an unbeaten 27.
Samiullah Shenwari was the pick of the
Afghan attack with 3-19.
In reply, Afghanistan lost two early wickets
and number three Noor Ali Zadran was
forced to retire hurt on one but a brisk 48
from Nawroz Mangal carried his side to the
verge of victory which was sealed when
Gulbadin Naib won the match with a six.
Ireland s seamers proved too strong for
UAE in the second semi-final.
Max Sorensen and Tim Murtagh picked
up eight wickets between them in UAE s
85 all out from 17.4 overs, Sorensen snapping
up 4-15 and Murtagh s 4-24 helping to clean
up the tail.
Ireland s decision to bat first seemed to
backfire when they slipped to 36-3 in the
sixth over but Kevin O Brien (31) and John
Mooney (29) led a revival before Trent John-
son s 18-ball 35 helped lift the total to 147-
8. Left-arm fast-medium bowler Manjula
Guruge was the pick of the UAE attack with 3-21.
Scotland, who missed out on a World Cup place
when they lost to the Netherlands the previous day,
clinched seventh place after beating Papua New
Guinea by five wickets off the final ball.
Opener Richie Berrington s unbeaten 70 from 55
balls---his second half-century in three innings---
helped propel Scotland to 146-5 to overhaul PNG s
143-5, in which Majid Haq took 3-25.
With 13 needed off the final over, Scotland lost
a wicket and could manage only five runs from the
first four balls. But Matthew Cross sealed the dramatic
victory with a six and four.
Netherlands clinched fifth place with a seven-
wicket win over Hong Kong.
Babar Hayat s 46 from 36 balls provided the back-
bone of Hong Kong s 121-7---Vivian Kingma claimed
3-22---but the Dutch (124-3) eased home with eight
balls to spare after openers Ben Cooper (42) and
Stephan Myburgh (30) added 67 from 47 balls before
they fell in quick succession to leg-break bowler
Nizakat Khan (3-10). CMC
Afghanistan to meet Ireland in final T20 qualifier
ABU DHABI---West Indian umpires Gregory
Brathwaite and Joel Wilson will be officiating in
a major match in the ICC World Twenty20 qual-
The pair will be involved in the third and fourth
placed play-off match at the Zayed Cricket Stadium
in Abu Dhabi.
Wilson, who hails from Trinidad, will be standing
alongside Ranmore Martinesz of Sri Lanka. Brath-
waite, who hails from Barbados, will be the reserve
umpire for the match.
The West Indian officials have been part of the
tournament from the start two weeks ago.
Wilson, 46, has stood in 10 One-Day Interna-
tionals and nine T20 Internationals since his first
match back in 2011.
Brathwaite, who turns 44 on December 9, has
so far stood in 10 ODIs and six T20Is since his
debut back international debut back in 2011.
Earlier this year he was part of the match officials
group at the ICC Women s World Cup in India.
(Courtesy WICB Web site )
Umpires to stand
in T20 play-off
United Arab Emirates (UAE) batsman Nasir Aziz is
bowled by Ireland's Tim Murtagh during the second
semifinal of the ICC World T20 Qualifiers in Abu
Dhabi, UAE, yesterday. Ireland won by 32 runs to
advance to the final to meet Afghanistan.
PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
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