Desert Cup Final
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The cricket fraternity has expanded with the rise of T20 cricket which has led to attracting fans in countries with very little exposure to the game. Countries like Afghanistan, Ireland, Oman and various other associate countries have excelled in the past decade. Batting in International cricket has reached enormous heights in the past decade, and the speed of the game has increased immensely all thanks to the rise of T20 cricket. Besides the highs, T20 cricket has also touched some low team totals in 2017.

West Indies vs Afghanistan
Javed Ahmadi (R) of Afghanistan walks off the field after being run out by Jason Holder (L) of West Indies during the 2nd ODI match between West Indies and Afghanistan at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St. Lucia, June 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Randy Brooks (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Windies are the T20 World Champions, and despite their downfall in the Test and ODI format, they have always been on the rise in the shortest format. And when a world champion team plays against the likes of Afghanistan, the Caribbean’s will always have the edge. Afghanistan toured West Indies in June and in the first match the Afghans batted first. T20 specialist Sunil Narine took three wickets to bundle out the tourists on a mere 110 runs.

Netherlands vs Hong Kong
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On number four comes the Netherlands, who played Hong Kong in the Desert Cup in Dubai. The much-fancied team the Netherlands stumbled against a lower ranked team. Hong Kong batted first and scored 183/4. The Dutch batted second and were bundled out for a mere 92 runs. Ben Cooper was the top scorer with 22 runs.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, T20I, Shafiqullah, Mashrafe Mortaza,
Thisara Perera was forced to walk back to the hut by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Photo Credit: BCCI.

The only top-ranked in the list is Sri Lanka, who had dismal run in the limited-overs format. Sri Lanka played four T20 matches against India in 2017 and lost all four. On their tour of India, they were bundled out for just 87 in the first T20 in Cuttack.

Desert Cup Final
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Hong Kong dismissed the Netherlands for 92, but before that match, Oman had set the standards for bowling as they dismissed them for a low score of 87 in the Desert Cup in Dubai. The top spot goes to Ireland who were dismissed for a mere 71 while batting first in the final of the Desert Cup. Afghanistan won by 10 wickets and also won the tournament.

Team Score Overs RR Inns Opposition Ground Match Date
Ireland 71 13.2 5.32 1 v Afghanistan Dubai (DSC) 20 Jan 2017
Hong Kong 87 18.3 4.70 1 v Oman Abu Dhabi 16 Jan 2017
Sri Lanka 87 16.0 5.43 2 v India Cuttack 20 Dec 2017
Netherlands 92 15.3 5.93 2 v Hong Kong Dubai (DSC) 18 Jan 2017
Afghanistan 93 13.3 6.88 2 v West Indies Basseterre 3 Jun 2017

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