Ireland and the United Arab Emirates finished first and second in Group A to enter the knock-outs of 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Global Qualifier A. Ireland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will take on Oman and Nepal respectively in the semi-finals of 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup, Global Qualifier A. (More Cricket News) On the final day of the league stage, both Ireland and UAE took the field at the same time, against Germany and Bahrain at Oman Cricket Academy Ground Turf 1 and Turf 2 respectively. The race heats up in Oman, with the winners of today's Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier A semi-finals qualifying for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Topping their respective groups, Nepal meet UAE and Ireland face Oman in two eagerly-awaited encounters at the Cricket Academy facility in Al-Amerat. The two winning teams will take the 13th and 14th spots for the tournament in Australia later this year, with the last two places decided at the B Qualifier in July. Both semi-finals include fascinating match-ups across bat and ball, and the potential to go down to the wire. Forced to chase a score roughly 10 to 15 runs over par in the defeat, Raza will look to his quick bowling cartel to tighten up, with the Powerplay overs crucial in the match with Nepal's emerging top-order group. The only undefeated side at the tournament, Sandeep Lamichhane's side's strength is still in its bowling group, though the emergence of opening batter Kushal Bhurtel has become a point of difference, highlighted by a blistering century against the Philippines. His work with Aasif Sheikh will go a long way to victory, taking the pressure off the likes of Gyanendra Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee, who are entrusted to move things along throughout the middle overs.
Form (most recent first) Nepal: WWWLL UAE: LWWLW ICC Rankings Nepal: 13th UAE: 12th Head to head last three T20Is: Nepal 2, UAE 1 Two teams that missed out on T20 World Cup qualification in the last cycle, Nepal and UAE meet on the No.1 ground of the Oman Cricket Academy in a rich vein of form. Off the back of a lead-in quadrangular series victory, Ahmed Raza's side showed their quality early in the group stage, accounting for Full Member Ireland in an 18-run victory before brushing aside a German challenge on matchday two. In spite of the early dominance though, the side struggled to cope with the all-out attack of Bahrain, who chalked up 172/5 in their 20 overs, targeting quick Junaid Siddique, who went for 44 off his four overs. Needing 158 to ensure their net run rate would be superior to their opponents even in defeat, young gun Vriitya Aravind once again lived up to his reputation as one of the game's future stars, easing nerves with a knock of 84* from 52 balls, laced with six fours and five sixes. Aravind ensured his side passed the 158 needed, and almost did enough to win the match in spite of the partners he lost along the way, falling two short of the 26 runs required off the last over.