In what can best be described as a one sided contest, India won comprehensively against the United Arab Emirates in Match 9 of the Asia Cup T20 2016 on Thursday in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
Keeping up their form throughout the tournament, India chased down UAE’s total of 81/9, achieving victory by nine wickets with 9.5 overs – nearly half of the allotted overs – to spare. It took India only three batsmen to chase down the score, with Rohit Sharma scoring 39 from 28 balls (for which he was awarded the Man of the Match), and Shikhar Dhawan and one down Yuvraj Singh remaining unbeaten on 25 and 16 respectively.
Losing the toss thwarted Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hopes of batting first, who said he wanted to give his batsmen an opportunity to bat first and give themselves more time before the final. The side made a few changes, with Harbhajan Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar coming back into the squad. Pawan Negi, who is the costliest player in the Indian Premier League 9 bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping Rs. 8.5 cores, made his international debut, according to First Post.
After winning their last league game of the Asia Cup, India, which remains unconquered in the tournament, will face off Bangladesh in the final on March 6, Business Standard reports.
The Indian bowlers gave an outstanding performance to restrict UAE to 81/9. Their start was as terrible, with the team managing only 2/2 at the end of the first three overs. At the end of the powerplay, UAE had accumulated 21 runs.
Shaiman Anwar, the highest run scorer for his side, made 43 off 48 balls, an innings that contained six fours and one six. His score was more than half of the team’s total. With no one but him being able to play a stabilizing innings, UAE lost wickets regularly.
Kumar’s return to the side was marked with impressive figures of 2/8.
Nevertheless, UAE’s downfall in the tournament is in stark contrast with their highly impressive performance in the qualifiers. Not only did they trounce Hong Kong, Oman and Afghanistan in their three games, but were in a solid position to upset teams like Sri Lanka and Pakistan.