2017 Desert T20 Challenge

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2017 Desert T20 Challenge
Dates 14–20 January 2017
Administrator(s) ICC
Cricket format Twenty20 International
Twenty20
Tournament format(s) Round-robin, finals
Host(s)  UAE
Champions  Afghanistan
Participants 8
Matches played 15
Player of the series Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi
Most runs Afghanistan Mohammad Shahzad (207)
Most wickets Ireland Jacob Mulder (10)

The 2017 Desert T20 Challenge[1] was an international Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tournament that was held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 14 to 20 January 2017.[2][3] The eight Associate Members that have T20I status were scheduled to take part,[2] although Papua New Guinea declined to participate and were replaced by Namibia (who do not have T20I status).[4] Therefore, matches with Namibia were played as Twenty20 matches.

The fixtures for the tournament were confirmed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) in December 2016.[5] The eight teams were split into two groups of four teams, with Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates in Group A and Netherlands, Scotland, Oman and Hong Kong in Group B.[5] The semi-finals and final of the tournament took place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 20 January.[6]

Afghanistan and Ireland qualified from Group A and Scotland and Oman qualified from Group B for the finals stage of the tournament.[7] Afghanistan beat Ireland by 10 wickets in the final match to win the tournament.[8][9]

Teams[edit]

Squads[edit]

 Afghanistan[10]
Coach: Lalchand Rajput
 Hong Kong[11]
Coach: Simon Cook
 Ireland[12]
Coach: John Bracewell
 Namibia[10]
Coach: Dee Thakur
 Netherlands[13]
Coach: Chris Adams
 Oman[14]
Coach: Duleep Mendis
 Scotland[15]
Coach: Grant Bradburn
 United Arab Emirates[16]
Coach: Owais Shah

Before the tournament started, both Andrew Balbirnie and Stuart Thompson were ruled out of Ireland's squad due to injury. They were replaced by Stuart Poynter and Lorcan Tucker respectively.[17]

Fixtures[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld W L NR Pts NRR
 Afghanistan 3 3 0 0 6 +1.419
 Ireland 3 2 1 0 4 +0.319
 United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 2 –0.552
 Namibia 3 0 3 0 0 –1.177

     Qualified to Finals

14 January 2017
19.00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
125/6 (20 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
126/5 (18.4 overs)
Paul Stirling 25 (24)
Amir Hamza 2/21 (4 overs)
Najeeb Tarakai 31 (31)
Jacob Mulder 2/23 (4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 5 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Iftikhar Ali (UAE) and Buddhi Pradhan (Nep)
Player of the match: Mohammad Nabi (Afg)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.

15 January 2017
19.00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Namibia 
152/7 (20 overs)
v
 United Arab Emirates
153/4 (20 overs)
Jean-Pierre Kotze 50 (42)
Mohammad Naveed 3/35 (4 overs)
Rohan Mustafa 56 (34)
Jan Frylinck 1/34 (4 overs)
United Arab Emirates won by 6 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Durrani (Afg) and Buddhi Pradhan (Nep)
Player of the match: Mohammad Naveed (UAE)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Colin Peake (Namibia) made his T20 debut.

16 January 2017
19.00 (D/N)
Scorecard
United Arab Emirates 
146/7 (20 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
147/5 (18.5 overs)
Shaiman Anwar 52 (52)
Dawlat Zadran 4/44 (4 overs)
Samiullah Shenwari 42 (44)
Ahmed Raza 2/18 (4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 5 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Alex Dowdalls (Sco) and Tabarak Dar (HK)
Player of the match: Dawlat Zadran (Afg)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Zahoor Khan (UAE) made his T20I debut.

17 January 2017
14.00
Scorecard
Namibia 
146/9 (20 overs)
v
 Ireland
149/5 (19.4 overs)
Stuart Poynter 38 (26)
Sarel Burger 1/18 (2 overs)
Ireland won by 5 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Iftikhar Ali (UAE) and Buddhi Pradhan (Nep)
Player of the match: Kevin O'Brien (Ire)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to bat.

18 January 2017
14.00
Scorecard
Ireland 
160/6 (20 overs)
v
 United Arab Emirates
136/7 (20 overs)
Kevin O'Brien 40 (27)
Amjad Javed 2/16 (4 overs)
Amjad Javed 47* (46)
Boyd Rankin 3/16 (3 overs)
Ireland won by 24 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Durrani (Afg) and Buddhi Pradhan (Nep)
Player of the match: Boyd Rankin (Ire)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.

19 January 2017
14.00
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
167/6 (20 overs)
v
 Namibia
103 (19.2 overs)
Samiullah Shenwari 35 (19)
Bernard Scholtz 3/17 (4 overs)
Jan Frylinck 28 (21)
Rashid Khan 3/4 (2.2 overs)
Afghanistan won by 64 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Alex Dowdalls (Sco) and Tabarak Dar (HK)
Player of the match: Rashid Khan (Afg)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Naveen-ul-Haq (Afg) made his T20 debut.

Group B[edit]

Team
Pld W L NR Pts NRR
 Scotland 3 3 0 0 6 +0.666
 Oman 3 1 2 0 2 +0.890
 Hong Kong 3 1 2 0 2 –0.005
 Netherlands 3 1 2 0 2 –1.529

     Qualified to Finals

14 January 2017
14.00
Scorecard
Scotland 
189/3 (20 overs)
v
 Hong Kong
165/6 (20 overs)
Calum MacLeod 60 (34)
Ehsan Khan 2/26 (4 overs)
Ehsan Khan 42* (22)
Mark Watt 1/20 (4 overs)
Scotland won by 24 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afg) and Alan Neill (Ire)
Player of the match: Calum MacLeod (Sco)

15 January 2017
14.00
Scorecard
Oman 
146/7 (20 overs)
v
 Netherlands
148/5 (19.2 overs)
Zeeshan Maqsood 34 (31)
Michael Rippon 1/15 (4 overs)
Wesley Barresi 48 (50)
Naseem Khushi 2/24 (4 overs)
Netherlands won by 5 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Alex Dowdalls (Sco) and Tabarak Dar (HK)
Player of the match: Michael Rippon (Ned)

16 January 2017
14.00
Scorecard
Hong Kong 
87 (18.3 overs)
v
 Oman
89/3 (11 overs)
Aizaz Khan 19 (14)
Bilal Khan 3/18 (4 overs)
Aqib Ilyas 56* (30)
Aizaz Khan 1/18 (3 overs)
Oman won by 7 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Iftikhar Ali (UAE) and Alan Neill (Ire)
Player of the match: Bilal Khan (Oman)
  • Oman won the toss and elected to field.

17 January 2017
19.00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Scotland 
148/7 (20 overs)
v
 Netherlands
141 (19.2 overs)
Michael Rippon 42 (40)
Josh Davey 4/34 (4 overs)
Scotland won by 7 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Alan Neill (Ire) and Tabarak Dar (HK)
Player of the match: Josh Davey (Sco)
  • Netherlands won the toss and elected to field.

18 January 2017
19.00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Hong Kong 
183/4 (20 overs)
v
 Netherlands
92 (15.3 overs)
Nizakat Khan 59 (33)
Max O'Dowd 1/15 (2 overs)
Ben Cooper 22 (19)
Anshuman Rath 3/6 (2 overs)
Hong Kong won by 91 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Alex Dowdalls (Sco) and Alan Neill (Ire)
Player of the match: Anshuman Rath (HK)
  • Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat.

19 January 2017
19.00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Oman 
133 (20 overs)
v
 Scotland
134/3 (19 overs)
Khurram Nawaz 23 (25)
Safyaan Sharif 3/33 (4 overs)
Matthew Cross 47 (40)
Zeeshan Maqsood 1/22 (4 overs)
Scotland won by 7 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afg) and Iftikhar Ali (UAE)
Player of the match: Matthew Cross (Sco)
  • Oman won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Chris Sole (Sco) made his T20I debut.

Finals[edit]

1st Semi-Final
20 January 2017
10.00
Scorecard
Oman 
149/8 (20 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
150/2 (18.3 overs)
Zeeshan Maqsood 33 (36)
Fareed Ahmad 3/35 (4 overs)
Mohammad Shahzad 80 (60)
Khawar Ali 1/32 (3 overs)
Afghanistan won by 8 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Alex Dowdalls (Sco) and Alan Neill (Ire)
Player of the match: Mohammad Shahzad (Afg)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field.

2nd Semi-Final
20 January 2017
14.30
Scorecard
Ireland 
211/6 (20 overs)
v
 Scotland
113 (15.1 overs)
Gary Wilson 65* (29)
Con de Lange 2/37 (4 overs)
Kyle Coetzer 40 (31)
Jacob Mulder 4/16 (4 overs)
Ireland won by 98 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (Afg) and Buddhi Pradhan (Nep)
Player of the match: Gary Wilson (Ire)
  • Scotland won the toss and elected to field.

Final
20 January 2017
19.30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Ireland 
71 (13.2 overs)
v
 Afghanistan
75/0 (7.5 overs)
Paul Stirling 17 (18)
Mohammad Nabi 4/10 (2.2 overs)
Afghanistan won by 10 wickets
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Buddhi Pradhan (Nep) and Tabarak Dar (HK)
Player of the match: Mohammad Nabi (Afg)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Nawroz Mangal captained Afghanistan in his final match, with the regular captain Asghar Stanikzai also playing in the match.[19]
  • Mohammad Shahzad (Afg) became first person to score two half-centuries in two separate international matches on the same day.[20]

Statistics[edit]

Most runs[edit]

Player Matches Innings Runs Average SR HS 100 50 4s 6s
Afghanistan Mohammad Shahzad 5 5 207 51.75 121.76 80 0 2 26 6
Ireland Gary Wilson 5 5 155 51.66 156.56 65* 0 1 15 5
Ireland Paul Stirling 5 5 152 30.40 128.81 60 0 1 16 5
Scotland Calum MacLeod 4 4 117 39.00 131.46 60 0 1 8 4
United Arab Emirates Shaiman Anwar 3 3 110 36.66 100.00 66* 0 2 9 2
Source: ESPN Cricinfo[21]

Most wickets[edit]

Player Matches Innings Wickets Overs Econ. Ave. BBI S/R 4WI 5WI
Ireland Jacob Mulder 5 5 10 18 5.66 10.20 4/16 10.80 1 0
Afghanistan Rashid Khan 5 5 9 16.2 3.61 6.55 3/4 10.80 0 0
Afghanistan Amir Hamza 4 4 7 16 4.81 11.00 2/15 13.70 0 0
Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi 5 5 7 16.2 5.69 13.28 4/10 14.00 1 0
Oman Bilal Khan 4 4 7 13.5 8.45 16.71 3/18 11.80 0 0
Source: ESPN Cricinfo[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Netherlands announce squads for Hong Kong and Desert T20". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Oman Cricket expects recalled Sultan to deliver as captain". Times of Oman. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Coetzer to lead Scots to Desert T20". Cricket Scotland. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Emirates Cricket Board announce team to represent the UAE in their Inaugural Desert T20 Tournament's first game". Emirates Cricket Board. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
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  18. ^ "MacLeod, Berrington trump Hong Kong with record stand". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Man of the Decade". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Incredible Shahzad blasts way into history". cricket.com.au. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Records / Desert T20 Challenge 2017 / Most runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Records / Desert T20 Challenge 2017 / Most wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. 21 January 2017.

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