Having just scraped into the competition off the back of a third-place finish at the final World Cricket League Division 5 back in 2017, Qatar will be reasonably pleased to find themselves trailing the top two teams by just one win at the end of the first round, especially given the unavailability of several senior players. In their absence, skipper Iqbal Hussain and deputy Mohammad Rizlan led from the front throughout, the latter Qatar's lead run-getter with 209 runs at an average over fifty and the former their joint lead wicket- taker alongside Munaweera. It was Rizlan's unbeaten 44 that saw them go two from two early, seeing them home in a nervy chase in a low-scoring match against the hosts, and the keeper-bat was top-scorer again against Denmark, albeit in a losing cause as Danish skipper Hamid Shah put in a match-winning performance, scoring 93 with the bat and taking 3-37 to deliver his side a convincing 60-run win. They looked less than competitive against Canada, however, and their final win against Vanuatu was a close-run thing, Hussain's 39 the best effort with the bat as they were bowled out for 185 before Vanuatu's player-CEO Shane Dietz - once of West Australia - threatened to stage an upset with a half-century in a rain-affected chase. Four more wickets for Munaweera would ensure the islanders fell just short, but its fair to say that after Qataris' initial Challenge League outing they remain a long-shot for title, and the shot at WC qualification that goes with it.
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