The United Arab Emirates and Canada have secured their first points in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off on Monday, beating Papua New Guinea and Jersey, respectively.
PNG opted to field after winning the toss, and Chad Soper delivered an outstanding opening spell, claiming four wickets with the new ball.
For the first 20 overs, UAE captain Muhammad Waseem stood strong, while his teammates struggled. However, 17-year-old Aayan Khan’s confidence enabled Waseem to increase his attack, resulting in a 21-run over against Charles Amini.
Waseem fell just shy of a century, but Aayan continued the onslaught, guiding UAE to 260/7 with his 94-run contribution.
PNG’s openers Kiplin Doriga and Tony Ura put on an impressive 145-run partnership in 20 overs. Despite a middle-order collapse triggered by leg-spinner Karthik Meiyappan’s four-wicket haul, PNG’s batters attempted to rebuild while progressing towards the target.
However, UAE bowlers, including Zahoor Khan, Aayan, and Junaid Siddique, consistently took wickets, ultimately securing a victory for their team.
In the other match, Canada overcame Jersey by 31 runs. Early on, Canada’s top order faltered, losing four wickets for 56 runs in 10 overs.
However, Srimantha Wijeyeratne and Harsh Thaker provided stability with a 62-run partnership, followed by a vital 70-run stand between Wijeyratne and Nikhil Dutta.
Canada managed to add 54 runs in the final 10 overs, setting a target of 239 for Jersey.
Jersey’s chase began strongly with openers Harrison Carlyon and Nick Greenwood, who added 81 runs for the second wicket with Josh Lawrenson.
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Though Greenwood’s dismissal slowed the momentum, Lawrenson attempted to keep the innings together. Dutta removed Lawrenson for 66 in the 40th over, giving Canada an opportunity to seize control.
Captain Saad Bin Zafar’s double-wicket 43rd over further tilted the balance, and Jersey was bowled out in the 48th over.