West Indies, Zimbabwe & Sri Lanka in Cricket WC Qualifier
West Indies, Zimbabwe & Sri Lanka in Cricket WC Qualifier

HARARE: Ahead of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifier competition, hosts Zimbabwe, former World Champions West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Scotland each won both of their pre-tournament warm-up games with convincing victory over the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Scotland, and the United States.

With victories over Ireland and Oman, respectively, the Netherlands and Nepal will also advance to the group rounds.

Rovman is won by West Indies thanks to Powell After the West Indies lost control and fell to 198-7 midway through their innings against UAE, Powell's quick century helped them restore control.

The Windies were in a strong position with to Nicholas Pooran's 74 before three wickets in nine balls caused his team to falter.

The Windies eventually scored 374 for nine runs thanks to Powell and Keemo Paul's 139-run eighth-wicket partnership, according to a report on the ICC website. Powell was eventually bowled for 105 off just 55 balls.

Basil Hameed, who fought bravely to reach 122 not out as his team finished 114 runs short, was the UAE's own centennial.

The West Indies' attack was led once more by Yannic Cariah, who added four for 58 to his four-wicket total from the previous exhibition game.

Scotland wins thanks to a dominant Zimbabwe After being put into bat by the hosts Zimbabwe, Brandon McMullen fell one run short of a half-century as Scotland were bowled out for 163.

Before Matthew Cross was bowled by Brad Evans for 32, the right-hander and the second wicket put on an innings-high partnership of 47 runs.

Before being dismissed by Ryan Burl for 49, McMullen was unable to form another partnership, and Scotland passed 150 thanks to late cameos from Jack Jarvis (26) and Christopher McBride (20).

Zimbabwe's reply saw them finish the modest total off in 25 overs with six wickets remaining.

Despite Micheal Leask's two quick wickets, Sikandar Raza's best score of 44 from 28 balls and Joylord Gumbie and Craig Ervine's all 37 only offered little resistance.

Karunaratne facilitates Sri Lanka's decisive victory As Sri Lanka defeated the USA with 392 for five from their 50 overs, Dimuth Karunaratne scored a brilliant century.

In the seventh over, with Sri Lanka 39 for one, Kusal Mendis joined Karunaratne at the crease. The pair then teamed for a 191-run combination to push the Lions to a massive total. Mendis was out for 105 from 91 before Karunaratne retired unbeaten on 111 from 100 deliveries, giving Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka time to bat in the middle order and contribute 112 runs for the fifth wicket.

The USA rebuilt through Monank Patel after losing both of their openers for just 10 runs to start their response. Patel scored 68 runs before becoming one of Matheesha Pathirana's three wickets in an over, leaving the USA on 106 for seven. Usman Rafiq was run out, leaving Shayan Jahangir alone at 63 not out with the USA 198 runs short.

Barresi leads the Netherlands to victory. Harry Tector, who scored a century earlier in the week against the USA, was one of seven batsmen for Ireland to reach single figures against the Netherlands as Scott Edward's team shared the wickets. Ireland were bowled out for 193 in the 40th over. Gareth Delany, who was Shariz Ahmad's second wicket, scored a quickfire 46 off 25 balls to help Lorcan Tucker recover from 58/5 in the 20th over. Following Craig Young's dismissal to Saqib Zulfiqar three balls after Tucker was stumped by Edwards for 74 off the bowling of Clayton Floyd, Ireland's innings was prematurely ended.

Although Ireland put up a fight, Wesley Barresi's 90 helped the Netherlands win. Barresi and Max O'Dowd put up 89 for the second wicket.

Ben White, who finished with figures of five for 61, dismissed Noah Croes three balls after O'Dowd was dismissed, and Ireland reduced the Netherlands to 114 for six in the 19th over. Aryan Dutt and Logan van Beek methodically scored the last 10 runs after Barresi was bowled, bringing the Netherlands home by two wickets.

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