Half three

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As seen in Half 2, Zimbabwe turned the ninth Take a look at nation in 1992, thus opening up additional alternatives for the Associates to partake within the World Cup.

Furthermore, the following two editions of the World Cup noticed 12 groups in motion, which meant that three spots had been up for grabs for the Associates in every of the tournaments. Persevering with our sequence, we glance again at how the Associates fared on the 1996 and 1999 editions.

1996 – United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Netherlands
The 1994 version of the ICC Trophy was hosted by Kenya, and was the primary to function 50-over video games versus 60-over video games till 1990.

Since breaking away from the East African group and turning into an Affiliate member of the ICC in 1981, Kenya had performed the ICC Trophy thrice, with their finest effort being a semi-final end in 1990. Enjoying at residence, Kenya had an awesome probability to seal a World Cup berth.

Kenya beat Bermuda within the semi-final to qualify for his or her maiden World Cup, and loved an unbeaten run till the ultimate, the place they confronted the United Arab Emirates, who had been additionally but to be crushed and had been coming off a semi-final win in opposition to the Netherlands. Chasing a goal of 282, the UAE triumphed by two wickets in an thrilling end. Within the third-place play-off, the Netherlands prevailed over Bermuda.

Thus, the 1996 World Cup – co-hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – witnessed three first-time individuals, Kenya in Group A, and the UAE and the Netherlands in Group B. Whereas the UAE had earlier performed two ODIs on the Austral-Asia Cup in Sharjah in 1993/94, this was the primary ODI match for Kenya and the Netherlands. Of their opening recreation, the UAE bumped into an in-form Gary Kirsten.

Kirsten struck a record-breaking 188* – which might stay as the best particular person rating on the World Cup till the 2015 version – in South Africa’s 169-run win at Rawalpindi, however the match can also be remembered for the bravado of the UAE’s captain Sultan Zarawani, who audaciously got here out to bat in a floppy hat as a substitute of a helmet in opposition to the fury of Allan Donald, and was duly hit on the top first ball.

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The UAE misplaced their subsequent three matches by broad margins as properly – by eight wickets to England, by 9 wickets to Pakistan, and by 109 runs to New Zealand. Equally, the Netherlands – led by Steven Lubbers and having of their ranks Nolan Clarke, who on the age of 47 turned the oldest ODI participant – went down by 119 runs to New Zealand, by 49 runs to England, by eight wickets to Pakistan, and by 160 runs to South Africa.

Within the closing spherical, the Netherlands and the UAE confronted off at Lahore to keep away from the picket spoon, in what was the primary ODI to be performed between two Affiliate nations. Contemplating their spirited present in opposition to England at Peshawar, the place Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk (64) and Bas Zuiderent (54) placed on 114 for the fifth wicket in a chase of 280, the Dutch would have had backed themselves to place it throughout the UAE.

Nevertheless, off-spinner Shaukat Dukanwala and opener Saleem Raza, who was enjoying within the metropolis of his start – in actual fact, six of the UAE’s 11 had been Lahore-born – ensured a maiden ODI win for the UAE.

Dukanwala captured 5/29 – the primary five-wicket haul by an Affiliate bowler in ODIs – to limit the Netherlands to 9/216, after which Raza belted a 68-ball 84 to put the bottom for the UAE’s seven-wicket win.

Kenya misplaced to India by seven wickets of their first match at Cuttack, however that they had the satisfaction of batting out their overs in making 6/199, with Steve Tikolo scoring 65. At Vizag in opposition to Australia, they ended at a good 7/207 in a 97-run defeat, with Kennedy Otieno (85) and captain Maurice Odumbe (50) among the many runs this time. Of their third recreation, they managed solely 134 in a five-wicket loss to Zimbabwe.

Kenya’s fourth fixture was in opposition to the West Indies at Pune. A fourth defeat loomed giant for the African outfit after they had been bowled out for 166 after being put in to bat, however their bowling unit rose to the event and delivered a surprising efficiency. The West Indies misplaced 4 wickets for simply 35 runs, with these of captain Richie Richardson and Brian Lara falling to seamer Rajab Ali (three/17).

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The off-spin of Odumbe (three/15) then broken the center order, and with each wicket, his group’s euphoria heightened. A memorable upset was confirmed when Rajab castled Cameron Cuffy within the 36th over, condemning the Windies to simply 93.

Kenya’s marketing campaign ended at Kandy in opposition to a rampant Sri Lanka, who amassed a brand new ODI report complete of 5/398. Kenya replied with 7/254, with Tikolo hitting a spunky 96.

1999 – Bangladesh, Kenya and Scotland
Bangladesh secured a World Cup spot for the primary time by beating Scotland by 72 runs within the semi-final of the 1997 ICC Trophy, hosted by Malaysia. Kenya pipped Eire by seven runs within the different semi-final, and some days later, rode on Steve Tikolo’s 147 to publish a strong 7/241 in opposition to Bangladesh within the closing. However the Tigers chased down a rain-revised goal of 166 from 25 overs off the final ball to win by two wickets.

Bangladesh face Scotland at the 1999 World Cup

Bangladesh and Scotland each appeared on the 1999 Cricket World Cup. (Graham Chadwick/ALLSPORT)

Scotland additionally made it to their first World Cup, by advantage of a 51-run win over Eire within the third-place play-off. In contrast to Bangladesh, who had performed 30 ODIs since 1985-86 successful simply as soon as, the Scots, underneath the captaincy of George Salmond, had been but to play an ODI coming into the 1999 World Cup. Primarily performed in England, the 1999 World Cup additionally noticed matches in Eire, Scotland, Wales and the Netherlands.

Positioned in Group A, Kenya couldn’t repeat the magic that they had woven at Pune in 1996. Led by Aasif Karim, they started with a five-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe, and went on to lose to England (by 9 wickets), India (94 runs), South Africa (seven wickets) and Sri Lanka (45 runs). The silver lining was an ODI report sixth-wicket stand value 161 between Maurice Odumbe (82) and Alpesh Vadher (73*) in opposition to Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh endured a torrid begin in Group B, getting bowled out for less than 116 in a six-wicket defeat to New Zealand at Chelmsford, and for 182 in a seven-wicket defeat to the West Indies at Dublin in what was the primary males’s ODI to be performed on Irish soil. Their third recreation was in opposition to fellow first-timers Scotland, who had misplaced to Australia by six wickets and to Pakistan by 94 runs of their first two outings.

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Edinburgh performed host to this conflict – the primary time that Scotland was witnessing an ODI match – that introduced each groups with their finest probability to notch a win. As was the case in opposition to Pakistan – who they lowered to five/92 earlier than squandering the benefit – Scotland started brightly, with seamers John Blain (four/37) and Asim Butt demolishing the highest order, together with the scalp of captain Aminul Islam for a duck.

With Bangladesh tottering at 5/26, it was Minhajul Abedin (68*) who got here to the rescue. He rallied with the decrease order to push the overall to 9/185, after which the bowlers accomplished the turnaround by scripting a 22-run win for the Tigers. Southpaw Gavin Hamilton, contemporary off a 76 in opposition to Pakistan, led one other one-man present by scoring 63, and went on to play his solely Take a look at for England six months later.

Scotland’s batting nosedived additional of their final two video games, as they had been dismissed for 68 and 121 to undergo defeats by eight wickets and 6 wickets to the West Indies and New Zealand respectively. Bangladesh’s fourth recreation was hardly any higher, with Australia chasing down a goal of 179 inside 20 overs to win by seven wickets. Abedin (53*) dropped anchor along with his second unbeaten 50.

The Tigers’ final fixture in opposition to an undefeated Pakistan at Northampton was anticipated to be one other mismatch, particularly after they had been inserted. However a gap stand of 69 between Shahriar Hossain and Mehrab Hossain, helped by a beneficiant variety of extras, was an indication of the issues to return. Saqlain Mushtaq took 5/35, however Bangladesh posted a aggressive 9/223, Akram Khan prime scoring with 42.

Medium pacer Khaled Mahmud (three/31), who had earlier hit a breezy 27, did the star flip with the ball by eradicating Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saleem Malik in his opening spell. A shell-shocked Pakistan by no means recovered from a dire 42/5, and limped to 161 within the 45th over, a lot to the jubilation of the Bangladeshi gamers and followers.

Bangladesh had been quite prematurely awarded Take a look at standing in June 2000.


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