Windies continued to flex their muscles among their lesser experienced counterparts in the ongoing ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 as their handed a thrashing to Ireland. The Irishmen looked in no position to challenge the might of Jason Holder led side although initially, the European side managed to gain some upper hand winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.
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Windies saw themselves get reduced to 58/4, all thanks to the bowling efforts led by Tim Murtagh who snapped two quick wickets. Ireland continued to position themselves firmly in the game as Shimron Hetmyr also departed cheaply leaving e batting side reeling at 83/5. But, fortunately, skipper Jason Holder and Rovman Powell both forged together strongly and got into the rescue act, taking Windies to a decent total.
Ireland, in response, could not show batting ability required to chase down the chase, although there was a lot of promise. While the openers – llama Porterfield and ul Stirling – failed, Ed Joyce (63) along with brothers Nial O Brian and Kevin O Brian managed to keep the hopes alive. However, their efforts weren’t enough to take their team past the winning line.
The Netherlands registered their first win of the tournament as they defeated Papua New Guinea by 57 runs the Old Hararians Club, Harare. The match was a low key affair. The Netherlands, who were asked to bat first after losing the toss, posted 217/8 riding on the back of robust knock from lower middle order batsmen Roelof Van Der Merwe (38) and Sikander Zulfiqar (53). PNG, in response, re able to muster only 159 before bundling out.
Hosts Zimbabwe maintained their winning streaks as they pocketed an impressive 89 runs victory over Hong Kong. Hamilton Masakadza’s patient scripted the win 110 balls knock of 84 runs and excellent bowling performance. The hosts now have three wins in as many games and sit comfortably at the top of the Group A.
Afghanistan, led by the teenage Rashid Khan, finally were back on the winning track as they scripted a six-wicket against Nepal. After opting to bat first, the Nepalese side managed just 194 before losing their entire batting side. The spin duo of Mohammad Nahi and Rashid Khan shared seven wickets between themselves and triggered the collapse.
Rahmat Shah (46) and Najibullah Zadran (52) contributed to an easy win. This win, however, is less likely to cause any effect in the Group A standing which Zimbabwe and Scotland dominate at the moment.