Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2010

The top two teams at this qualification event will win a place at the ICC
World Twenty20 2010, which will be the third time that the event has taken
place to date...Ireland and the Netherlands shared the title at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier that was played in 2008.

Eight teams are participating in this qualifier event.They are divide into 2 groups.
The group as follows:


United States of America


United Arab Emirates

Highlights of Opening Day(i.e 9th feb'10)-

Ireland ( number one side in the Associate cricket world and starts the event as favourites to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2010 and also the winner of World Cup qualifier 2011), Scotland (qualified last two T-2oI WC,i.e-2007 and 2009), Kenya (achievement of reaching the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final in 2003) suffer shock defeat at opening day. They lost to Afghanistan, USA and UAE. In the other match Netherland beat Canada.

At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the United States of America, which entered the tournament as a wildcard, stunned Scotland by six wickets while in the afternoon match host the UAE, which had also been specially invited to participate in the tournament, surprised Kenya by 15 runs.

At Dubai International Stadium in Dubai Sports City, Afghanistan continued its good form beating Ireland by 13 runs in front of several hundred very vocal supporters while in the final match of an absorbing day, the Netherlands, which shared the trophy with Ireland when the qualifier was staged in Belfast in 2008, overcome anxious moments to overpower a spirited Canada by six wickets.

After Tuesday's results, all the four beaten sides find themselves in must-win situations while they are also aware of the fact that even if they win their matches on Wednesday, Thursday will be judgement day for them when Ireland goes head to head with Scotland in the late afternoon match in Dubai and Kenya takes on the Netherlands in the early afternoon match in Abu Dhabi.

Summary of Opening day-

Afghanistan beat Ireland by 13 runs
(Man of the Match: M Nabi)

UAE beat Kenya by 15 runs
(Man of the Match: Arfan Haider)

Netherlands won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining) against Canada
( Man of the Match: B Zuiderent)

United States of America won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining) against Scotland
( Man of the Match: CD Wright)

Fixtures for Today(i.e 10th feb'10):

Afghanistan v Scotland
Canada v Kenya
USA v Ireland
UAE v Netherlands

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