Windies beat UAE to qualify for World Cup quarterfinals


NAPIER: West Indies defeated minnow UAE by six wickets with 19.3 overs to spare in World Cup Pool B match, which was enough for the Caribbean side to secure a quarterfinal berth here at Mclean Park.

With the victory, where skipper Jason Holder captured four wickets while Johnson Charles (55) and Jonathan Carter (not out) batted well, the team has entered the quarters as Pool B’s fourth spot team unless in a highly unlikely situation, the Pool B match between Ireland and Pakistan ends in a tie or no-result situation.

The team will face top placed Pool A team New Zealand in Wellington on March 21.

Meanwhile, the winning team of Pakistan vs Ireland clash will end at No 3 in Pool B below top placed India and second placed South Africa. The winning team will face Australia on March 20 at Adelaide Oval.

India will face fourth placed Pool A team Bangladesh on March 19 at Melbourne Cricket Ground while South Africa will face third placed Pool A team Sri Lanka on March 18 at Sydney Cricket Ground.

AFP adds: Earlier, a stubborn century partnership by Amjad Javed (56) and Nasir Aziz (60) guided the United Arab Emirates to 175.

Javed and Aziz put on 107 for the seventh wicket after the UAE were struggling at 46-6.

The West Indies, without injured opener Chris Gayle who failed to shake off a back injury, were indebted to Holder who took four for 27, while Jerome Taylor had figures of three for 63.

But once Holder had used up his 10 overs, Javed and Aziz found the middle overs attack of Kemar Roach much to their liking.

Aziz, in only his third ODI and not required to bat in the first two, looked very accomplished as he smacked eight fours in his 60 off 86 deliveries.

Javed topped his previous best of 42 as he reached his first half-century and with Aziz he posted the equal fourth-highest partnership in the UAE’s ODI history after also putting on 107 with Shaiman Anwar earlier in the World Cup against Ireland.

But once Aziz and Javed were dismissed the innings folded quickly with the last three wickets falling for eight runs.