Sports News | Men’s T20 World Championship A-Qualifiers: Aravind shines in UAE win over Ireland; Bahrain beats Germany


Muscat [Oman]Feb. 18 (ANI): Career-best performances from UAE youngster Vriitya Aravind and Bahrain’s Junaid Aziz led their respective sides to victory in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Group B matches , on opening day at Al Amerat on Friday .

A dream spell from footman Aziz, who picked five wickets from ten balls and a captain’s shot from Sarfaraz Ali, who broke an unbeaten 69 from 38 balls, led Bahrain to a six-wicket win over Germany at Pitch 2 of the Oman Academy.

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For the UAE, the stars of their 18-point win over Ireland were the team’s young pair – 19-year-old Aravind and 21-year-old Karthik Meiyappan.

Chasing a target of 158, Irish flyhalf Paul Stirling and skipper Andy Balbirnie got off to a cautious start to take their side to 50 without a loss at the end of the overs on the power play.

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Meiyappan struck in the very first ball of his spell as he had Stirling caught by Muhammad Waseem from deep for 32. Balbirnie left shortly after and Gareth Delany was second wicket for Meiyappan, who also allowed Simi Singh to leave struggling Ireland at 66-4. .

George Dockrell and Shane Getkate started but came off early in a bid to pick up the pace as Ireland stuttered to 111-6 from 16 overs. Lorcan Tucker’s innings of 25 ended when he was caught by Basil Hameed wide of Zahoor Khan, who also had Craig Young’s leg before the wicket. Ireland were limited to 139 for nine with the experienced Rohan Mustafa pocketing two late wickets.

Earlier, 20-year-old Aravind showed maturity beyond his years as he took on the responsibility of guiding the team towards a difficult goal. Going into bat with the team’s total reading 20-2, Aravind paced his innings in style. The wicket-striker tackled the middle overs tactfully before launching an attack into the death overs.

The final five overs were the most productive for the UAE as Aravind displayed his range of shots and with Zafar Farid (12) and collected 63 valuable runs.

Irishman Craig Young’s last run cost him 14 and Mark Adair’s penultimate run was 14 as Aravind hammered back-to-back limits. Joshua Little collected Farid’s back on second ball in the set final before Aravind blitzed with a six, followed by two consecutive cuts behind square for boundaries as the UAE finished at 157 for five.

Adair had taken the wicket from the opener Chirag Suri in the very first round to give Ireland a dream start. Aravind came on to join Muhammad Waseem and the pair made it 20 in four overs. Young broke the deadlock on the first ball of the fifth when he retired Waseem. Unfazed, Aravind then counter-attacked Young as he hit two successive fours in the same over.

Aravind and Mustafa further stabilized the ship as the scoring rate dwindled as the team could go 58-2 at the halfway mark. Simi Singh got the breakthrough Ireland wanted in the next leg as he was sent off, but Basil Hameed and Aravind came together to share a crucial 34-point position. Hameed’s exit left Aravind and Farid to bring the team to a total they could defend.

“We had a good quadrangular series here and I’m happy with the momentum we have at the moment. Vriitya [Aravind] played amazing innings and happy to see the young team members doing well. Him and Karthik [Meiyappan] are only 19 and 21,” said UAE captain Ahmed Raza, according to an official statement.

Going out to bat after Bahrain won the toss, Germany scored 106 with 20 balls to spare. They lost six wickets from 14 balls, while adding 7 runs to the scoreboard. Vijay Shankar with a solid 43 ball 50, was the top scorer.

After getting off to a steady start in the first five overs, flyhalf Justin Broad and Michael Richardson were fired in back-to-back overs. A flurry of wickets in quick succession undermined their efforts as Dylan Blignaut and Faisal Mubashir were dismissed on consecutive deliveries of the ninth.

Shankar and captain Venkat Ganesan were able to rebuild the innings with an invaluable partnership of 44 runs before the latter was dismissed in a three-wicket by Aziz. Germany lost Shankar on the first ball at all following, his fourth wicket in five deliveries.

In response, a confident and mature shot from skipper Ali helped Bahrain achieve their goal. Dieter Klien picked two wickets in the first round for Germany. But a 57-point partnership between Ali and Aziz saw their team regain full control.

Aziz was dismissed in the tenth, but by the time Germany clinched their next wicket, Bahrain needed 15 from 6 overs. Ali stayed until the end to complete the win, and Bahrain came over the line with four overs to spare.

“I loved playing batting there, just connecting the bat to the ball as much as possible felt really good. The whole team takes the opportunity to come here and show off their skills and that is really a big platform for us,” Bahrain captain Sarfaraz Ali said. (ANI)

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