T20 World Cup Qualifiers: Canada remain unbeaten, Oman beat Nigeria
Canada maintained their unbeaten record in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier as they downed Ireland by ten runs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Captain Navneet Dhaliwal (69) and Nitish Kumar (53) starred to lay the platform for the win with a 111-run second-wicket partnership, with the surprise result seeing Canada move top of Group B.
After posting 156 for five from their 20 overs, Romesh Eranga (2 for 32) got the first of his two wickets to remove Kevin O'Brien in the first over, with Ireland only able to reach 146 for seven as they fell to a second defeat.
Oman remain level on six points with Canada after they also secured their third Group B win with a seven-wicket victory over Nigeria. Aamir Kaleem's four for 14 was too hot for the Nigerian batsmen to handle as they succumbed to 71 all out, before Oman chased their target down with 13 overs to spare.
The final Group B game of the day proved the most dramatic as captain Aizaz Khan held his nerve to give Hong Kong their first win of the tournament. The skipper successfully defended 15 from the last over as Jersey fell eight runs short in their chase of 145.
In Group A, Kenya strolled past Singapore by seven wickets thanks to opener Irfan Karim's 71 not out in their successful chase of 158.
Meanwhile, Namibia eased to a six-wicket win over Bermuda to narrow the standings in Group A even further. Only the Bermudans are yet to register a point, while five teams Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Kenya, Singapore and Namibia sit on four points, two behind leaders Netherlands..