The UAE wrapped up a 3-1 ODI series victory with a convincing 30 run win over Afghanistan at Dubai’s ICC Academy today.
Half centuries from Andri Berenger and Shaiman Anwar earlier helped the UAE to a total of 258-9 after being put into bat by the visitors.
Berenger’s 66 came from 72 balls, and included a 66 run partnership with Krishna Karate for the third wicket to set their side up for a highly competitive total.
Anwar’s 51 came at a near run a ball and included 6 fours and two maximums.
The UAE’s total ended up more than enough and Aaqib Javed’s charges , without captain Khurram Khan, bowled the Afghanis out for 228 with three balls to spare.
Kamran Shahzad (3-45) and Rohan Mustafa (3-42) were the pick of the UAE bowlers.
The result meant that the UAE claim the four match series 3-1.
— UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) December 4, 2014
— Afghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) December 4, 2014
It was a very good series for both teams both teams will shine in their respective pools in worldcup 2015 in Aus/NZ.
— Afghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) December 4, 2014
— paul franks (@thegeneral_8) December 4, 2014
Congrats UAE on their series win over Afghanistan . Good to see their cricket on the up.
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) December 4, 2014
UAE medium pacer Salman Farooq and off-spinner Mohammad Shahzad have been reported with suspected illegal bowling actions during the second ODI against Afghanistan at Dubai’s ICC Academy, which the host side won by six wickets on 30 November.
The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Emirates Cricket Board chief executive David East, cited concerns about the legality of the pair’s respective bowling actions.
Salman and Shahzad will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.
Both are required to undergo testing within 21 days and during this period, both are permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.
The news will come as a blow to UAE coach Aaqib Javed who is preparing his team for only their second 50-over World Cup in their history.
Javed’s side take on Afganistan in the fourth match of the five game series at ICC Academy tomorrow. They start their World Cup campaign in earnest as of February 11 against hosts Australia at Sydney in their first of two warm up matches.
UAE then take on Afghanistan at the same venue two days later before their first Pool B outing against Zimbabwe on 19 February.
The UAE’s spirited effort to win their five-match One Day International series with a third straight victory fell agonizingly short on Tuesday as Afghanistan beat them by two wickets with just two balls to spare.
Chasing 274 runs to win, all-rounder Mirwais Ashraf smashed a six off Krishna Karate’s fourth ball to haul Afghanistan over the line. A couple of balls before that, Ashraf seemed to have nicked a widish delivery from the bowler into the gloves off Saqlain Haider, but umpire Sarika Prasad disagreed and ruled the ball wide much to the dismay of the UAE players.
Put in to bat after they lost the toss, UAE reached 273 for five with another brilliant half century knock from skipper Khurram Khan (85 not out in 80 balls), while Mohammad Shahzad scored 62 at No3.
It was a remarkable effort from Khan, who works with Emirates and flew in from a 16-hour long flight from San Francisco a day before the series started. But the 43-year-old has shown remarkable stamina and hunger for runs, making 53 in the first ODI and a record unbeaten 132 in the second. He now averages 270 in the three matches so far.
Its getting very tight here at ICC Academy. 24 needed in 16 balls now. Come on UAE!! @Sport_360
— Joy Chakravarty (@TheJoyofGolf) December 2, 2014
In reply, Javed Ahmadi got his side off to a great start making 67 runs in 45 balls at the start of the innings as Afghanistan reached 91-2 in 12.3 overs when he was run out.
The UAE bowlers then gave away just 70 runs in the next 20 overs and picked up another four wickets to have the upper hand at 169-6 in the 33rd over.
But Ashraf (52 not out in 51 balls with three sixes) added exactly 50 runs for the seventh wicket with Shafiqullah (39), and then featured in a crucial 39-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Dawlat Zadran for the ninth.
Medium pacer Fahad Al Hashmi and off-spinner Rohan Mustafa both took two wickets each for the home side.
UAE coach Aaquib Javed was satisfied with his team’s performance but pointed out to two factors, which he thought cost them the match.
“I think on a lively pitch like this and against a good pace attack of the Afghanistan bowlers, we did well to make more than 270,” said the former Pakistan pace bowler.
“However, I thought we got stuck a bit in the middle after a good start. We should have scored around 285 runs today.
“And then, we lost our seamer Shahzad after just two overs because of a thumb injury. That I thought was very significant because on this wicket, with the short boundary, we needed another seamer to contain the Afghanistan batsmen.”
The fourth match of the series will be played at the ICC Academy ground on Thursday, December 4.
BRIEF SCORES: UAE 273 for five in 50 overs (Khurram Khan 85 not out, Mohammad Shahzad 62, Amjad Ali 47, Rohan Mustafa 28, Dawlat Zadran 2-51, Samiullah Shenwari 1-27, Mirwais Ashraf 1-44) lost to Afghanistan 276-8 in 49.4 overs (Javed Ahmadi 67, Mirwais Ashraf 52 not out, Shafiqullah 39, Fahad Al Hashmi 2-50, Rohan Mustafa 2-33)