Canada beats Singapore in T20 Global Qualifier Warm-up

T20 Warm-up (Dubai): Singapore 164/5 (20 overs) lost to Canada 165/4 (18 ov) by 6 wickets
A stand of 87 for the fourth wicket between Nitish Kumar (44 from 38 balls) and Ravinderpal Singh steered Canada towards victory in reply to Singapore’s 164/5 from 20 overs in Dubai on Monday (14 October). Ravinderpal Singh went on to carve 79* from 38 balls, striking consecutive sixes three times in his knock. His last pair of sixes was followed by a boundary in the 17th over that included 3 singles and ended with Canada needing 6 runs to win from 3 overs. Victory came with a single by Ravinderpal Singh to end the 18th over.
Opening bat Surendran Chandramohan made 51 runs (38 balls) before being caught and bowled by Junaid Siddiqui to leave Singapore 85/3 after 12.5 overs. Aritra Dutta scored 34 runs (28 balls) before being caught by Ravinderpal Singh off captain Navneet Dhaliwal’s bowling; Singapore 107/4 (14.5 overs). Amanpreet Singh was caught by wicketkeeper Maza Tariq off Romesh Eranga for 36 (19 balls) to leave Singapore 146/5 after 18 overs. Aryaman Uchil ended with 21* as the innings closed on 164/5.
Jeremy Gordon bowled opening bat Rohan Ranjarahan for 2 (Singapore 9/1; 1.2 overs) and ended with 1/30 from 4 overs. Saad bin Zafar bowled the potentially dangerous Tim David for 11 (Singapore 25/2; 4.4 overs) and ended with figures of 1/28 from 4 overs. Dilon Heyliger also bowled economically by T20 standards, conceding 28 runs from 4 overs.
Rodrigo Thomas began brightly with 4 boundaries but fell for 18 runs (13 balls) to leave Canada 25/1 after 3.1 overs. Captain Navneet Dhaliwal was out for 9 (Canada 42/2; 5.5 overs) but was soon followed by Nicholas Kirton at 50/3 (6.4 overs) after scoring just 6 runs.
Nitish Kumar and Ravindepal Singh then steadied the innings and began to turn the tide in Canada’s favour. Nitish Kumar struck 3 boundaries and 1 six in his 44. Ravinderpal Singh’s 79* included 4 boundaries and 7 sixes.
Canada plays Kenya in a second warm-up game on Tuesday. Kenya lost to Jersey by 7 wickets in a warm-up game on Monday. Kenya scored 126/7 from 20 overs, Collins Obuya top-scoring with 49. Charles (Chuggy) Perchard took 4/13 from 4 overs. Jersey, who are Canada’s first opponents when the competition proper begins, then struck a winning 131/3 from 13.2 overs. Jonty Jenner lead the Jersey scoring with 47*.
Jersey took part in a three game T20I series against Qatar on October 9-11, 2019. One source indicates Qatar won all three games but I have not found a completed score for the second game. On October 9, Qatar 179/4 (20 ov) beat Jersey 19/6 (20 ov) by 20 runs and on October 11 in the third game, Jersey scored 101/9 (20 ov) then Qatar struck in winning 102/2 after 13.1 overs. Jersey scored 141/7 from 20 overs in the second game. Qatar had reached 129/4 after 18 overs according to Jersey Cricket tweets. Qatar seemingly went on to win according to a source that lists the series as 3-0 in favour of Qatar.
Recent T20 Series on the Way to the Global Qualifier
Monday’s win should add confidence to the Canadian camp, following September’s Duckworth/Lewis system loss to Singapore in the 50-over world of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League. Since that game, Canada returned home before flying out to Dubai last week but Singapore hosted a T20 Tri-Series as part of preparations for this Global T20 Qualifier. Singapore won one of two games against Zimbabwe in that Tri-Series. Zimbabwe’s current ban from ICC events ruled them out of this ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier but does not prevent Zimbabwe to play international games against other countries.
Ireland (Won 2, Lost 1, No Result 1) topped a T20 Tri-Series in September that included Scotland (W 2, L 2) and The Netherlands (W 1, L 3, NR 1).
Oman recently hosted and won the Oman Pentangular as part of preparations for this Global T20 World Cup Qualifier. The tournament comprised a T20 round robin. Oman won all 4 games. Ireland won 3 and lost 1. Nepal won 2 and lost 2. The Netherlands won 1 and lost 3. Hong Kong lost all 4 matches.
Results from Other T20 Warm-up Games on Monday
Bermuda, the second ICC Americas Regional Qualifier, hit 171/5 (20 overs) then bowled out Nigeria for 118 (19.5 overs) to win by 53 runs. Okera Bascombe scored 49 and Deunte Darrell 47* for Bermuda. Nigerian captain Ademola Onikoyi top-scored with 32. Bermuda’s Delray Rawlins did not bat or bowl in this game.
Gary Wilson hit 44 of Ireland’s 156/8 (20 overs) in a 30 run win against the Netherlands, bowled out for 126 to end the 20 overs. Craig Young took 3/21 and while Mark Adair picked up his three wickets in the 20th over to end with 3/28. Ryan ten Doecshate, who lead Essex to the county championship this season, top-scored with 46 for the Netherlands.
The United Arab Emirates made 157/5 from 20 overs in what proved a 37 run win against Scotland, who ended on 120/9 (20 overs). Papua New Guinea was bowled out for 97 (17.5 overs) in a 4 wicket loss to Oman, who reached a winning 98/6 after 17.2 overs.
Hong Kong scored 132/6 from 19.5 overs to win by 4 wickets against Namibia who made 131/8 from 20 overs.
Compiled/written by Eddie Norfolk

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