Team's in action on Day 4 & 5 in ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifiers - Images by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Namibia and Jersey posted stunning victories over Scotland and UAE respectively to throw their respective groups in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers into a frenzy, as Netherlands claim their 3rd win in a row to keep a firm grip on top spot in their group and enhance their chances to top the group and qualify directly for the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Day 5 action from the qualifiers saw the battle for the top spot between Netherlands and Singapore, however the Dutch with their superior team performance put it across the rampant Singaporeans to stay clear at the top of the points table. Scotland and UAE suffered their 2nd loss in 4 matches and now have to make strong comebacks in their ramaining matches to mount a challenge for the top spot.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 – Player Statistics (Upto Day 5)

Top player stats in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers after Day 5 – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

The previous day, it was Ireland, who put up a commanding show against Oman and claimed a crucial win to keep their hopes alive for the race of the top spot, as Canada claimed the spot for the time being after registering their 2nd consecutive win in as many games. Kenya finally opened their points account after registering a win over Bermuda, who along with Nigeria and Hong Kong, are in a do-or-die situation in their remaining matches to have any hopes of finishing among the top 4 in their respective groups.

While the win over Scotland saw Namibia open their points account to keep their hopes alive, Jersey strenghtened their chances big time by winning against UAE, who are having the toughest of times trying to keep their squad intact after their regular wicket-keeper Ghulam Shabber left the country without notifying, midway through the competition. UAE are already rocked by the suspensions to key players before the start of the tournament due to match-fixing scandal and also had Ashfaq Ahmed removed from the squad after the opening games on similar grounds.

Brief Scores

Scotland 146/6 in 20 overs (Kyle Coetzer 54, Matthew Cross 40 n.o, Richie Berrington 22, Norman Vanua 1/14, Assad Vala 1/21, Damien Ravu 1/11) beat Papua New Guinea 142/9 in 20 overs (Norman Vanua 33, Lega Siaka 31, Assad Vala 20, Hamza Tahir 3/24, Josh Davey 2/23, Mark Watt 2/23, Safyaan Sharif 2/32) by 4 runs

Assad Vala bowling against Scotland – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Hong Kong 116/7 in 20 overs (Nizakat Khan 31, Kinchit Shah 30, Rohan Mustafa 2/17, Waheed Ahmed 2/23) lost to United Arab Emirates 118/2 in 15.1 overs (Rameez Shahzad 54, Chirag Suri 44 n.o, Kyle Christie 2/24) by 8 wickets

UAE players celebrate dismissal of Hong Kong batsman – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Ireland 183/3 in 20 overs (Gareth Delany 89 n.o, Kevin O’Brien 41, Harry Tector 28, Khawar Ali 1/28, Mohammad Nadeem 1/29) beat Oman 148/9 in 20 overs (Khawar Ali 50, Suraj Kumar 16, George Dockrell 2/24, Mark Adair 2/26, Gareth Delany 2/29) by 35 runs

Jatinder Singh in action against Ireland – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Kenya 138/4 in 20 overs (Dhiren Gondaria 85 n.o, Irfan Karim 15, Rushab Patel 15 n.o, Kamau Leverock 2/30) beat Bermuda 93 all out in 18.5 overs (Delray Rawlins 37, Janeiro Tucker 22, Collins Obuya 4/27, Shem Ngoche 2/15, Rakep Patel 2/18) by 45 runs

George O’Brian bowled by Collins Obuya – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Canada 159/7 in 20 overs (Nitish Kumar 57 n.o, Hamza Tariq 33, Rodrigo Thomas 18, Chima Akachukwu 2/34, Abiodun Abioye 2/26) beat Nigeria 109/8 in 20 overs (Chimezie Onwuzulike 39, Sulaimon Runsewe 27, Dillon Heyliger 3/16, Saad Bin Zafar 2/25, Nikhil Dutta 1/23) by 50 runs

Nitish Kumar enroute to his 50 against Nigeria – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Namibia 159/6 in 20 overs (JJ Smit 43, Gerhard Erasmus 37, Craig Williams 31, Josh Davey 2/29) beat Scotland 135/8 in 20 overs (Calum MacLeod 39, Richie Berrington 23, Jan Frylinck 2/15, Christi Viljoen 2/24) by 24 runs

Mark Watt in action against Namibia – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Singapore 101 all out in 20 overs (Surendran Chandramohan 28, Aritra Dutta 20, Tim David 19, Timm van der Gugten 3/9, Roelof van der Merwe 3/22, Paul van Meekeren 2/20, Brandon Glover 2/20) lost to Netherlands 104/5 in 16.3 overs (Max O’Dowd 35, Colin Ackermann 34 n.o, Roelof van der Merwe 19 n.o, Aahan Achar 1/26, Selladore Vijayakumar 1/20) by 5 wickets

Tim David bowled against Netherlands – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Jersey 147 all out in 20 overs (Benjamin Ward 47, Jonty Jenner 20, Junaid Siddique 2/34, Zahoor Khan 2/39, Rohan Mustafa 1/13, Ahmed Raza 1/20) beat UAE 112 all out in 19.2 overs (Rohan Mustafa 28, Chirag Suri 27, Harrison Carlyon 3/15, Ben Stevens 3/20, Charles Perchard 2/22) by 35 runs

Chirag Suri batting against Jersey – Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

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