Zimbabwe beat Jersey by 23 runs, USA beat Singapore by 132 runs while Netherlands registered a seven-wicket win over Netherlands on the second day of the tournament.
Zimbabwe vs Jersey
Sent in to bat, Zimbabwe had a poor start as they lost three wickets inside the powerplay, with the jersey reducing them to 39/3.
The half-centuries of the previous match, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza were the onslaught of reviving their innings. Together they stabilized proceedings with a 52-run partnership in front of Williams, who scored his second half-century of the tournament, with Dominic Blampied scoring 57 off 39 balls.
Wickets kept falling for Zimbabwe at regular intervals, with the batsmen failing to convert their good starts. Luke Jongwe’s blistering cameo of 29 not out off just 13 balls helped his team’s total to a respectable 146/8.
In response, Jersey lost opener Nicholas Greenwood inside the powerplay, making 41/1. Thereafter, Ryan Burle struck three times in each of his last three overs with returns of 3/13. This put pressure on the jersey which was reduced to 67/4 in the 14th over.
Opener Harrison Carlion was leading the attack, and he found a reliable partner in Benjamin Ward. However, his 52-run stand was broken in the final over as Karlion was dismissed for 45. The jersey fell 24 runs short of the target and Ward remained unbeaten on 35.
USA vs Singapore
USA openers Steven Taylor and Monank Patel were dismissed in the first and second overs of the innings respectively and they took full advantage of the opportunities by laying a solid foundation. At the end of the Powerplay, USA were 72 for no.
After the powerplay phase, Singapore entered with the wickets of Monk and Aaron Jones. Taylor also followed suit after making a significant contribution of 58 runs off 31 balls. However, the fall of wickets did not affect USA’s scoring rate and the attacking batsman Jaskaran Malhotra took charge.
In his 33-ball innings at the crease, he scored 58 runs, which included two fours and four sixes. USA finished on a strong 201/6 – their highest T20I team total.
In response, Saurabh Netravalkar’s dream magic tore apart the Singapore line-up. First, he struck twice off his first two balls and ended the same over with another scalp – a triple-wicket maiden over.
In his next over, he added another wicket to his tally. While Cameron Stevenson took a wicket, Singapore were reduced to 22/5 by the end of the powerplay. The damage was already done as Singapore struggled to fight back, and continued to lose wickets.
They were eventually bowled out for 69 in 15.2 overs as USA secured their second win of the tournament. Netravalkar finished with 5/12 – the best figures for USA in men’s T20Is.
Hong Kong vs Netherlands
Having elected to bat, Hong Kong got off to an inauspicious start, losing two wickets within the powerplay. Apart from opener and captain Nizakat Khan, the batting unit struggled to register good scores and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
The Netherlands bowlers were precise in their line and length and kept the scoring rate under control. Nizakat was the only fighter to score 60 off 55 balls, but none of the batsmen crossed 13 and eight scored just one point.
The highlight of Netherlands’ bowling was fast bowler Logan van Beek, who took a hat-trick in the 18th over and finished with 4/27. This was Netherlands’ first hat-trick in T20I cricket.
Chasing sub-par 117 was never too much of a challenge for a team of Netherlands caliber. Even though they lost Stephen Myberg cheaply, Max O’Dowd and Bass de Leede quickly stabilized the side. They put on a 64-run partnership before O’Dowd was dismissed for 45 off 27 balls in the ninth over.
Tom Cooper was then joined by De Leede in the middle and the pair navigated the remaining runs safely. Although Cooper was dismissed when the score was level, newcomer Scott Edwards immediately took the required single as the Netherlands registered a seven-wicket win with 40 balls to spare.
With two wins from two matches, the Netherlands became the third team to reach the semi-finals.
Uganda vs PNG
After being asked to bat first, Uganda dismissed Roger Mukasa early in the third over. Raunak Patel fell at the start of the seventh over. It was a good start for PNG but they could not build the pressure.
Openers Simon Sesazi and Rizat Ali Shah put on 108 runs for the third wicket, denying the threat of bowling. Sesazzi scored 78 runs in 48 balls, while Riazat was two runs short of a half-century. Both the batsmen were dismissed in the 19th over and their partnership ensured that Uganda posted a competitive score of 160/4 in their 20 overs.
PNG made a confident start with a four and a six from opener Lega Siaka, but their start was quickly derailed when Frank Nsubuga dismissed Siaka and Charles Amini in the space of five balls. The double-wicket over did not dampen PNG’s enthusiasm as their captain Asad Vala teamed up with Sesse Bau to launch a brutal attack.
The duo shared an unbeaten 132-run partnership and hit the Ugandan bowlers across the park. Vala scored an unbeaten 93 off 47 balls, while Bau scored an unbeaten 41 off 37 balls. The win kept PNG’s chances of qualifying for the semi-finals alive.
Zimbabwe vs Jersey: Zimbabwe 146/8 in 20 overs (Sean Williams 57, Luke Jongwe 29 not out; Elliot Miles 2/25) beat Jersey 123/5 in 20 overs (Harrison Carlion 45, Benjamin Ward 35 not out; Ryan Burle) 3/13) by 23 runs
USA vs Singapore: USA 201/6 in 20 overs (Steven Taylor 58, Jaskaran Malhotra 58; Amjad Mehboob 3/54) bowl Singapore out for 69 in 15.2 overs (Ananth Krishna 21 not out; Saurabh Netravalkar 5) /12, Nisarga Patel 2/12) by 132 runs
Hong Kong vs Netherlands: Hong Kong 116-10 in 18.1 overs (Nijkat Khan 60; Logan van Beek 4/27, Fred Klaasen 2/16) lost to Netherlands 117-3 in 13.2 overs (Max O’Dowd 45, Bass de Leede 36 not out) ; Ehsan Khan 2/18) by 7 wickets
Uganda vs PNG: Uganda 160-4 in 20 overs (Simon Sesazzi 78, Riazat Ali Shah 48, Charles Amini 2/20) lose to PNG 161/2 in 16.4 overs (Assad Wala 93 not out, Seuss Bau 41 not out, Frank Nsubuga 2/16) by 8 wickets
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