UAE lose first of three ODIs against USA by five wickets despite Rameez Shahzad's half century

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UAE cricket team suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of USA on Monday in the first of three one day internationals.

Having won the toss at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai Sports City, UAE decided to bat first. However, they weren’t allowed to score freely.

Chirag Suri (14) and Shaiman Anwar (13) failed to get going and were both removed by Steven Taylor who also ended the resilience of Rohan Mustafa after the opener battled on for 47 from 85 deliveries.

Rameez Shahzad struck nine boundaries in his 62-ball 53 and set UAE up to finish their innings strongly, aided by support from Ghulam Shabbir (34 from 38) but Taylor picked up his wicket as well. The home team were ultimately dismissed for 209 from 48.1 overs with Taylor ending with figures of 4-38.

USA’s chase got off to a slow start as well with Xavier Marshall’s knock of 58 from 86 balls holding up one end while a couple of wickets down the other saw them in a spot of bother at 34/2 into the 10th over.

However, Aaron Jones was the chief engineer of a couple of vital partnerships, first with Marshall and then Jaskaran Malhotra who was later run out by Suri after hitting 31 runs from 42 balls.

Jones remained until the end though to expertly shepherd the visitors over the line with a fine knock of 81 from 107 deliveries that included 10 boundaries. USA achieved their target of 210 with 15 deliveries to spare and five wickets in hand.

The hosts claimed a 1-0 victory over the Americans in the two-match T20I series just prior to the ODIs, winning the second encounter after the first was abandoned due to rain. However, they now go into the remaining two matches of the series trailing 1-0.

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The UAE were 22 for 0 after six overs having won the toss and electing to bat first in the first of a three-match 50 overs series against the visiting USA.

The match began at 10:00 local time at the ICC Academy in Dubai, with Nosthush Kenjige and Jan Nisar Khan coming in for their first games of the tour for the US.

The series comes after the UAE wrapped up the two-match T20 series on Saturday, an explosive innings from Shaiman Anwar helping the hosts to a 24-run win.

The first fixture on Friday was washed out as heavy rain forced the match to be called off early in the second innings. As such, victory in the second game also handed the hosts as series win.

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An explosive innings from Shaiman Anwar helped UAE to a 24-run win in their T20 international with USA at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai Sports City on Saturday.

The encounter was the second of a two-match T20I series. The first fixture on Friday was washed out as heavy rain forced the match to be called off early in the second innings. As such, victory in the second game also handed the hosts as series win.

UAE won the toss and elected to bat. Opener Ashfaq Ahmed was dismissed early but an 81-run stand for the second wicket set the home team on course for a formidable score.

Anwar was the star of the innings, hitting six sixes and three boundaries during his knock of 62 which came off just 30 deliveries. With a strike rate of 206.67, the 40-year-old ensured his side scored at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, Rohan Mustafa supported him ably at the other end, scoring 45 off 38 balls with seven boundaries as UAE posted a score of 182-7.

After losing their second wicket for 37 runs, USA put together a strong partnership of their own. Steven Taylor scored 49 off 40 balls while Xavier Marshall put up 31 from 26 to give the visitors a chance.

However, their 72-run partnership was brought to an end when Mustafa picked up Marshall’s wicket and when Taylor was dismissed in the following over – along with Roy Silva – UAE were back in the driving seat.

Sultan Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-33. USA managed to play out their quota of 20 overs but having failed to accelerate in the death overs, they only managed to get to 158-6.

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