Asia Cup T20 2016: Pakistan Win Over UAE Despite Rocky Start

Asia Cup T20 2016: Pakistan Win Over UAE Despite Rocky Start
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Pakistan emerged victorious in their encounter against United Arab Emirates in Match 6 of the Asia Cup T20 2016 at the Shere Bangla National stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh.


The top performers for Pakistan were batsmen Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal, each completing their half centuries and cruising their team to a win, as well as bowler Mohammad Amir.

Business Standard reports that, in pursuit of UAE’s modest total of 129/6, Pakistan’s opening wasn’t as impressive as it should have been. UAE captain Amjad Javed captured the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez, Sharjeel Khan and Khurram Manzoor, who went for 11, 4 and 0, respectively. Reduced to 17/3, Pakistan looked in deep trouble; it seemed that a comfortable total of 130 might just become a little too difficult.

But with the arrival of Akmal and Malik to the crease, despite not being able to perform to their class in the previous match against India, Pakistan became more hopeful. While the two provided a much needed stability to the innings, things still didn’t seem to go in Pakistan’s favor. By the end of the 15th over, while Pakistan hadn’t lost any more wickets, they still had to score 46 more runs, at more than 9 runs per over. It was then the scales started tilting against UAE. Pakistan eventually won the game, with 8 deliveries still remaining and the two batsmen at the crease successfully completing their half centuries.

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Earlier, Pakistan’s pace attack was led by the impressive Amir, who started with where he’d left in the game against India, with Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Sami playing second fiddle. While the seamers seemed to do an awesome job for their side, it started going downhill when in the 7th over, spinner Mohammad Nawaz was introduced. He went for 10 runs in his first over.

Although Shaiman Anwar did an impressive in providing stability to the UAE innings, the main force was offered by Javed, Muhammad Usman and Mohammad Naveed – scoring a rapid 58 from 40 balls the three faced between them, First Post reports.

Towards the end, Amir’s majestic spell, where he only conceded 5 from 2 overs, restricted UAE to 129. From his quota of 4 overs, Amir bowled 21 dot deliveries with amazing figures of 2/6.

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