ICC World T20: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) upset Ireland by five wickets on Saturday in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 qualifying tournament on the back of Rohan Mustafa’s all-round game despite being ruled out due to corruption charges by his three players.
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The UAE lost to Oman in their first match. He landed in the second match without captain Mohammad Naaved, batsman Shaiman Anwar and fast bowler Qadir Ahmed, who have been accused of corruption.
Ireland is the only team to have Test status among the teams participating in the tournament. Ireland opener Paul Sterling scored 72 off 58 balls but no other batsman was able to support him and his team was dismissed for 125 runs in 20 overs. Off-spin all-rounder Mustafa took four wickets for 18 runs.
After this, Mustafa gave the UAE a brilliant start by scoring 39 runs off 16 balls. Daris DeSilva (29) and Mohammad Usman (29) also played good innings, allowing UAE to win by scoring 129 runs in 17 overs.
There are 14 countries participating in this tournament. Six of these countries will qualify for the World T20 to be held in Australia next year.
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Earlier Nigeria suffered a 69-run defeat at the hands of Jersey. Scotland overcame a loss to Singapore in the first match and defeated Kenya by 31 runs in the match played in Dubai.