UAE crush Oman to qualify for ACC Championship

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The UAE ended the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League in impressive fashion as they crushed Oman by 57 runs to secure their third consecutive victory of the tournament and claim second in the table behind Afghanistan.

Having suffered defeats to Nepal and Afghanistan in their first two fixtures, the side led by Khurram Khan have responded superbly well and once again had their bowlers to thank for the victory over minnows Oman.

After being sent in to bat by Oman, Amjad Ali continued to look in supreme form as he raced to 20 before edging a Munis Ansari delivery behind to wicketkeeper Sultan Ahmed.

Captain Khan would then arrive at the crease but would immediately be heading back to the pavilion after he was clean bowled by Ansari first ball. 

Swapnil Patil would fall for just nine runs and the UAE looked in trouble at 55-3, before Mohammad Shahzad would steady the innings as he hit a superb half-century before being run out.

Youngster Krishnachandran Karate grinded out 25 from 61 deliveries, while Salman Faris added 22 but there was little else as the UAE eventually succumbed for just 162 from 38.4 overs.

In response Oman looked as though they would have a chance of a surprise victory as they reached 75-4 in the 22nd over.

However, a collapse from the middle and lower order saw Ahmed’s side lose their final six wickets for just 30 runs as Kamran Shazad (3-27), Fayyaz Ahmed (3-14) and Mohammed Naveed (2-20) excelled with the ball in hand.

Vaibhav Wategaonkar was the only batsmen to put up serious resistance as he made 34 from 64 balls, but once Ahmed claimed his wicket then Oman were always struggling.

Victory for the UAE means that they end the tournament in Malaysia with three wins and two losses from their five games, and they have qualified to take part in the ACC Championship that runs from 7-14 December.

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Tendulkar given honorary lifetime membership at Els Club Dubai

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Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s growing love for golf was recognized  in the UAE when he was given honorary life membership of The Els Club at Dubai Sports City.

Tendulkar received his membership from Dubai Sports City Partner Abdulrahman Falaknaz during his recent stay in the UAE, where he was with IPL team Mumbai Indians as their mentor.

Not only did Tendulkar play nine holes at the course, he also took a lesson with Justin Parsons, Director of Instruction, Butch Harmon School of Golf (BHSG). 

Falaknaz said: “Sachin has given so much to the world of sport, both through his performances and also the way he has conducted himself. 

“Therefore, it was fitting for us to have given him something while expressing our thanks and recognition for all that he has achieved.”

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Harris & Pattinson doubts for Australia v Pakistan series in UAE

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"Touch and go": Harris is a doubt for Australia's trip to the UAE in October.

Australian pace spearhead Ryan Harris is unlikely to make the trip to the United Arab Emirates in October for the Test series against Pakistan, bowling coach Craig McDermott said Tuesday.

The 34-year-old quick underwent surgery on his knee in March after battling through the pain barrier to see his country to a dramatic series victory over South Africa in Cape Town.

McDermott said Harris was recovering well but would not be rushed back with a domestic summer against India, the one-day World Cup and a 2015 Ashes series on the agenda.

"He's definitely touch and go for Dubai, we've just got to see how his knee goes over the next few months," he told reporters.

"I don't think there's any point rushing Ryano either, we've got a lot of cricket with India, World Cup, West Indies and the Ashes, we've got to make sure he's 100 percent when he comes back."

There is also serious doubt over fellow fast bowler James Pattinson after he suffered a recurrence of the back problems that have plagued his career.

Pattinson, 24, missed most of the Australian domestic summer but recovered to star in Australia's third Test triumph over South Africa in Cape Town in early March.

He has not bowled since with reports that he has suffered further stress to his lower back. "I want to make sure we take our time and get it right.

He's obviously having some sort of trouble with his skeletal makeup that's not coping at his age," said McDermott.

"Patto does bowl fast … so we've got to make sure we get him right and take our time to bring him back nice and slowly."

Australia are due to play two Tests, four one-day internationals and a Twenty20 against Pakistan in the UAE from October 4.

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