UAE U19s romp to win over Hong Kong

Denzil Pinto 23:19 21/09/2016
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Figy (l) earned a call-up after stunning performances in last season's NSL.

Having beaten the same opponents by seven wickets on Tuesday, the hosts kept the momentum going into their 50-over encounter at ICC Academy.

Figy, who scored more than 2,000 runs last season, showed his potential by smashing 69 runs from 83 deliveries in a knock that included seven boundaries as the UAE were all out for 208 batting first.

That total would have been less competitive were it not for a valuable 43-run innings from captain Yodhin Punja.

In reply, Hong Kong struggled and were all out for 139 in 44 overs. Shakeel finished with figures of 4-29 as the UAE won by 69 runs.

Figy was named man of the match and was pleased with his performance.

“It’s a great feeling to score a 50 in the Under-19 national team,” said the all-rounder.

“It’s a great achievement but I will carry on working hard. It wasn’t easy to bat on this wicket but I applied myself. We lost a few wickets and I just thought of staying at the crease and rotating the strike. That was all that mattered.”

Figy also praised team-mate Punja for his late knock.

“We required that finish from him and that got us up to that mark which we could defend.”

The UAE will be aiming to end their three-match series on a highwhen the two teams meet in Dubai on Friday.

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