UAE show promise despite huge Pakistan win

Barnaby Read 27/10/2014
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Hitting out: UAE captain Khurram Khan made a superb 68 for his team.

A spirited UAE performance couldn’t mask an outclassing from Pakistan A at ICC Academy today as the tourists sealed the unofficial ODI series with a 139-run victory.

Having won the first match of the series, the UAE have now lost the last three and head into the final match on Thursday with the series already beyond their reach.

Batting first, Pakistan posted an imposing 319-4 from their 50 overs thanks largely to a brutal 134 from Nasir Jamshed.

Jamshed, who has played 2 Tests, 43 ODIs and 18 T20Is, scored his hundred at more than a run a ball and his presence and knock highlighted the gulf between the two sides.

Sami Aslam’s 61 and unbeaten knocks from captain Adil Anwi (51) and Adil Amin (45) pressed home Pakistan’s superiority. Anwi was particularly destructive, scoring his runs from just 24 balls and hitting 4 fours and 4 maximums in the process.

The task proved too much for the UAE’s batsmen.

Andri Berenger’s bright 21 at the top of the order was encouraging but the UAE failed to build any partnerships until the game was beyond them.

The hosts finished on 180-9 from their 50 overs.

The UAE’s ever reliable captain, Khurram Khan (68), and Saqib Ali (52) halted Pakistan’s progress and their 102-run partnership will have encouraged coach Aaqib Javed.

Khan hopes his side can address their current inability to build partnerships in the coming months as they take on an array of international opposition designed to test them to their fullest ahead of next year’s World Cup.

“In the end 319 was a bit too much for us, we dropped a few catches and that cost us dear,” said Khan.

“We are not getting partnerships going and are losing three or four wickets at the top in tandem and losing wickets in a group is not good.

“We have to start taking responsibility and not relying on other people to come in and score runs.”

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Consistent: Khurram Khan contributed with the bat, but it was not enough.

The UAE were left ruing the unavailability of bowlers due to injury as they lost to Pakistan A in the third one-dayer of the five-match series in Dubai yesterday.

The Pakistanis batted first and scored 271 for eight, with solid contributions from captain Sohaib Maqsood (79) and one down batsman Adil Amin (47). In reply, the UAE could only manage 217 for nine with captain Khurram Khan scoring 53 and Krishna Karate hitting a sedate 52 as they lost by 54 runs to trail the series 2-1.

The UAE were, however, hamstrung by injuries to medium pacers Mohammad Shahzad and Kamran Shahzad and were forced to resort to part time bowlers. 

“Things didn’t work out for us today. Kamran got injured while bowling and Mohammad Shahzad picked up a groin strain. We were short of bowlers and had to rely on part timers and the Pakistan team took full advantage of it,” UAE coach Aaqib Javed said.

“They should have only got to 240 odd but got 30 extra runs. When you are chasing 270, the entire mindset is different. But we gave a reasonable fight, scoring around 220.”

Earlier in the day, Pakistan A started off well with openers Nasir Jamshed (45) and Sami Aslam (14) adding 46 for the first wicket. Decent contributions from Amin, Maqsood, Babar Azam (22) and Anwar Ali (29) took the team total to a healthy 271.

For the UAE, Karate bowled 9.2 overs and though he picked up three wickets, gave away 73 runs. Mohammad Naved ended with decent figures of 2-45.

In reply, the UAE innings never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Apart from Khurram and Karate, Naved was the other big contributor scoring 43.

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UAE off to perfect start with six-wicket win over Pakistan at ICC Academy

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Strong start: The UAE's bowlers sent their team to victory over Pakistan in Dubai.

The UAE got their mini-series against Pakistan ‘A’ off to a flying start with a comprehensive six-wicket win at ICC Academy today.

A superb bowling performance from the entire UAE attack saw the tourists bowled out for just 164 with 51 balls left of their innings.

Aaqib Javed’s men then went about chasing the total with consummate ease. No Pakistani bowler posed enough of a problem to the UAE batsmen, who reached their target with 73 balls to spare.

Young opener Andri Berenger backed up his coach’s pre-match praise with an assured unbeaten 77. Berenger’s knock included 8 fours and a six and came off 114 balls at a strike-rate of 67.54.

Fellow opener Amjad Ali had earlier hit a more aggressive 28 from 30 balls which got the UAE off to a perfect start in pursuit of the Pakistan score.

Captain Saqib Ali (20) support Berenger’s anchoring innings before Swapnil Patel (4) and Shaiman Anwar (5) fell cheaply to Pakistan’s stand out bowler Raza Hasan who finished with 3-21 from his ten overs.

Krishna Karate (20*) made sure his side finished off the innings before any further damage could be done.

Earlier on in the day, Nasir Jamshed (78) and captain Sohaib Maqsood (35) had handed their side the initiative with a 74-run partnership for the third wicket but Pakistan’s middle-order crumbled after their respective departures.

Mohammad Naveed (2-35), Kamran Shazad (2-19), Nasir Aziz (2-30) and Krishna Karate (2-34) all put in performances which will encourage Javed as he shapes his side for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

The UAE will play four more matches against Pakistan at the ICC Academy. The next takes place on Thursday.

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