ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2018

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  1. s_h_a_f
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    Lost to Afg. Currently struggling vs UAE on 101/7.

    I don’t think these guys have the desire to represent their nation anymore:
     
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    Aren’t these warm up games?
    The likes of Gayle and co have been called up. I’d be surprised if they didn’t get through
     
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    Yes warmups..still should be winning these matches
     
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    Absolutely. How the mighty have fallen
     
  5. s_h_a_f
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    They won in the end but still alarming
     
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    West Indies going strong

    hope Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan
     
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    Zimbabwe, Ireland and Scotland won their opening games.

    afghanistan lost to Scotland, so a loss to Zimbabwe today will heap pressure on them and seriously dent their hopes of making it to England next year.
     
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    Afg have now lost both matches. Expected them to breeze through this. It will be tough to qualify.
     
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    Rashid Khan found out
     
  11. Patriot
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    Taylor a true patriotic citizen of Zimbabwe, Rashid Khan should learn from him
     
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    Hopefully.
     
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    Afghanistan being put in their place big time.
     
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    The Super Six
    Group A: Windies, Ireland, UAE
    Group B: Zimbabwe, Scotland, Afghanistan

    Out of the running
    Group A: The Netherlands, Papua New Guinea
    Group B: Nepal, Hong Kong

    Windies on an all-conquering run
    Before the start of the tournament, Carlos Brathwaite said that the Windies “didn’t want to be here”, and Jason Holder showed quiet resolve when saying, “We’re looking to win every game in the tournament … we’ve come here to beat every single person.”

    Understandable, seeing that Windies are twice world champions, albeit a long time ago, and believe they belong in the marquee 50-over tournament despite their slide down the pecking order in recent years. The best way to walk the talk is to put it all out there on the field, and that’s exactly what Windies have done. The wins against United Arab Emirates, Ireland and the Netherlands were comprehensive, and so was the one against Papua New Guinea, by six wickets, but it was the one game where Windies got a bit of a scare at 58/4 chasing 201.

    Importantly for Windies, they have had multiple people making a splash: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Jason Holder and Rovman Powell have all done well with the bat, while Kemar Roach, Brathwaite and Holder have all picked up wickets.

    They look the part all right, and with four points in their kitty as they start the Super Sixes campaign, they will back themselves to go all the way.

    Afghanistan’s up-and-down campaign
    Afghanistan are at No.10 in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Men’s Team Rankings for a reason: they are a fantastic team, who have come up and leaps and bounds to be among the great cricket stories in the modern era. They were the favourites, along with Zimbabwe, to qualify from Group B but, as it turned out, it required victory in their last game – their only one so far – and a lot of help from Nepal, who beat Hong Kong for their only win, for Afghanistan to get into the Super Sixes.

    Getting past the first hurdle must have come as relief for the team, led by Rashid Khan in the absence of Asghar Stanikzai, who underwent surgery for appendicitis just before the event. So now they are where they had hoped to be, but defeats against Scotland, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong couldn’t have done their confidence any good, and crucially, they go into the Super Sixes with zero in the points column.

    Little to separate Zimbabwe and Scotland
    Zimbabwe beat Nepal by 116 runs, Afghanistan by two runs, and Hong Kong by 89 runs. Scotland beat the same opponents by four wickets, seven wickets and four wickets, though in a different sequence.

    So, when the two teams met in the final league game for both sides, they had already qualified for the Super Sixes. The point of interest in the game was to see which of them would top the group and, therefore, have more points to play with. Neither, it turned out, because it ended in a fascinating tie. That left both teams on seven points, separated on the table only by net run rate – Zimbabwe ahead. But that doesn’t really matter, points do, and both have three to start the Super Sixes with.

    Khadka, Ura, and other shining stars
    Their teams might not have made the cut, but some of the players from Nepal, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea – the only team without a single win – and the Netherlands – the World Cricket League champions who had a disappointing run – shone bright.

    For Nepal, it was Paras Khadka, the captain, who tallied 189 runs from four games. It wasn’t as good an outing as Sandeep Lamichhane, the celebrated 17-year-old leg-spinner, would have expected, but he did pick up wickets in every game, finishing with seven from four games.

    Tony Ura stood out for PNG with his scintillating 151 against Ireland, one of the top teams, while Norman Vanua and Alei Nao, the pacemen, made their presence felt with eight and six wickets respectively.

    Hong Kong had the top wicket-taker in Ehsan Khan, the off-spinner with 11 sticks, and Anshuman Rath did his reputation no harm with two half-centuries.

    And for the Netherlands, World Cuppers in the past, Roelof van der Merwe, the former South Africa international, was excellent in the field and both Wesley Barresi and Ryan ten Doeschate played at least one good innings.

    Closest finishes
    1. Tie: Zimbabwe v Scotland
    2. Win by runs: Zimbabwe beat Afghanistan by 2 runs
    3. Win by wickets: Ireland beat PNG, Scotland beat Hong Kong and Scotland beat Nepal by 4 wickets

    Most runs
    Brendan Taylor (Zim): 279 from four matches – Avg 69.75, Best 100, SR 98.23

    Most wickets
    Ehsan Khan (HK): 11 from four matches – Avg 13.36, Best 4/33, ER 4.50

    Centuries: 10 – Calum MacLeod’s 157* v Afghanistan the highest

    Five-wicket hauls: 5 – Rohan Mustafa’s 5/26 v the Netherlands the best

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/643656
     
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    Road to the World Cup: Who can still qualify?

    There are just three games remaining in the Super Sixes stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, and yet the tournament is still wide open. Five teams are still capable of finishing in the top two and thereby qualifying for the main event, ensuring an exciting finale to what has already been an enthralling competition.

    All teams have now played two of their three matches in the Super Sixes. The final three games left in this round are:

    * Windies v Scotland, Wednesday 21 March
    * UAE v Zimbabwe, Thursday 22 March
    * Ireland v Afghanistan, Friday 23 March

    Of these teams, only UAE have no chance of taking one of the two qualifying spots. Here’s what each of the other teams needs to do to ensure qualification.

    WINDIES

    Status: 6 points – they’re currently top of the table

    If they win: They will qualify with 8 points

    If they lose: Scotland will go through as one of the qualifiers. Yet, all is not lost for Windies
    If Zimbabwe win against UAE, Windies are out of the running
    If, however, Zimbabwe lose, Windies will be tied on six points with the winner of the Ireland v Afghanistan match and it will come down to net run rate

    SCOTLAND

    Status: 5 points – they’re level on points with Zimbabwe, but third in the table based on net run rate

    If they win: They will qualify with 7 points

    If they lose: Windies will qualify and Scotland are out of the running

    ZIMBABWE

    Status: 5 points – they’re second in the table after one win and one loss

    If they win: They will qualify with 7 points, along with the winner of Windies v Scotland

    If they lose: It’s all or nothing for Zimbabwe – lose and they're out. As Brendan Taylor said, this is as good as a final

    IRELAND

    Status: 4 points – they’re fourth in the table on four points

    If they win: Even if they win, Ireland need a lot of results to go their way
    If Zimbabwe win, even an Ireland win will not help them
    If Zimbabwe lose, and Windies win their game, Ireland will qualify with the Windies
    If Zimbabwe lose, and Windies also lose, Ireland will need a better net run rate than Jason Holder’s men to join Scotland

    If they lose: Losing is not an option if they want to progress

    AFGHANISTAN

    Status: 4 points – they’re fifth in the table with four points, behind Ireland on net run rate

    If they win: Even if Afghanistan win, they aren’t assured of qualification unless other results go their way. Their poor net run rate is also a concern
    If Zimbabwe win, that’s the end of their hopes, as a win won’t matter.
    If Zimbabwe lose, and Windies win their game, Afghanistan will qualify along with the two-time World Cup winners
    If Zimbabwe lose, and Windies lose, a win will put Afghanistan level on points with Windies, and it will come down to net run rate, where they have significant ground to make up

    If they lose: A loss will put an end to their World Cup dreams

    Finally, to summarise, here are the seven possible combinations of qualifying pairs. It's everything to play for!

    Windies, Zimbabwe
    Windies, Ireland
    Windies, Afghanistan
    Scotland, Windies
    Zimbabwe, Scotland
    Scotland, Ireland
    Scotland, Afghanistan

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/648652
     
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    What's the probability of UAE beating Zim?

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  18. chandtara
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    West Indies making this interesting!

    198 all out, Scotland are 58/3
     
  19. s_h_a_f
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    Damn. Do they even care lol
     
  20. iho
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    WI qualified for the 2019 WC
     
  21. Energy
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    Luck favoured the Windies. But its better for the main tournament.
     
  22. Energy
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    Now they should tour Pakistan with more passion.
     
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    TBH Scotland has performed better than WI in this tourney.Atleast four teams in WI,Sct,Ire,Zim deserve to play in the World Cup.Its a shame that we are only going to see 2 of them in the WC due to ICC's love for $$
     
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    Its stupid to have such a big qualifying phase and get 2 teams out of it

    Cricket needs more teams. Its already losing too many fans.
     
  25. Patriot
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    World Cup qualification can be cruel just look at football qualifiers. Italy isn’t going to Russia
     
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    Ireland and Afghanistan will be rooting for UAE's win. Decent star for UAE, 92/2 in 20
     
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    Windies got lucky as...want Zimbabwe to go through too, they deserve it.
     
  29. Mohsin
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    After rain interrupted UAE innings, Zimbabwe need 230 in 40 overs.

    If Zimbabwe win, they join WI next year in England
    If Zimbabwe lose/rain comes back and finishes the game, then tomorrow game between Ireland-afghanistan is a semi-final.
     
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    Lol why do they deserve it. Shit team that has not been challenging anybody
     
  31. Mohsin
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    They were a very good side before politics ****ed them over. They were screwed over through no fault of their own.
     
  32. Omar
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    Zimbabwe were good in the early to mid 90's when they had Campbell, The Flower brothers, The Strang brothers (Paul actually), Guy Whittal, Andy Blignaut, Heath Streak and a few others too.

    Since then they really have struggled and then losing players like Taibu, Taylor, Jarvis did not help either but with the latter two back, I doubt they will last too long as the results still have not much improved.
     
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    Yeah, up until 2003 World Cup, they were good with some good players. After that, it all went downhill and the ICC even pretty much abandoned them. Now theyve got Taylor, Ervine and Williams back and Sikander Raza is class.
     
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    Sikandar Raza is a beast
     
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    Zim require 39 off 27

    5 wickets in hand
     
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    Sean Williams playing a top knock under pressure
    75* off 77
     
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    Williams out after scoring run a ball 80

    Zim need 24 off 18 balls

    4 wickets in hand
     
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    Love the passion of Zimbo's crowd
     

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