Pakistan and Unites Arab Emirates, both the teams are yet to register a win in the Asia Cup. UAE have lost both their games so far – against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – while Pakistan were overcome by India. This game presents Pakistan with an ideal chance to get some momentum going before facing tougher challenges.
Pakistan Squad: 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Shoaib Malik, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Imad Wasim, 6 Shahid Afridi (capt), 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Mohammad Sami, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Irfan
United Arab Emirates Squad: 1 Rohan Mustafa, 2 Muhammad Kaleem, 3 Mohammad Shahzad, 4 Shaiman Anwar, 5 Mohammad Usman, 6 Amjad Javed (capt), 7 Swapnil Patil (wk), 8 Saqlain Haider, 9 Fahad Tariq, 10 Mohammad Naveed, 11 Ahmed Raza.
Naveed to bowl the penultimate over of the match. Akmal took a single off the 2nd ball to complete his fifty. Responsible knock by the hard hitter. Off the fourth ball, Malik cut the bowler towards point to hit a boundary and finish the game in style. And with that Pakistan won the match against UAE by seven wickets.
Over 18 || Score 126/3 (Malik 59, Akmal 49)
Amjad Javed is back to bowl his last over. Umar Akmal took the revenge from the pacer by hitting the bowler for a six, boundary and then again a six off the first three balls. In the last ball Malik too joined the party by launching the bowler for another maximum. 23 runs from the over. Pak need 4 runs from 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 103/3 (Malik 53, Akmal 32)
Mustafa to bowl the over. Malik hit the bowler for a boundary and a six off the first two balls. Pakistan have also crossed the 100-run mark. Malik too completed his fifty. Much needed over for the batting team as 12 came off it. Pak need 27 from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 91/3 (Malik 42, Akmal 31)
Shahzad to bowl his last over. UAE have now started losing the grip over the match. Malik is breaking the shackles now. Off the 3rd ball, Malik hit fifth boundary. Malik dropped at deep square leg by Usman Mushtaq. Seven from the over. Pak need 39 runs off 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 84/3 (Malik 36, Akmal 30)
Ahmed Raza with his 3rd over. Malik charged the left arm spinner and hit him for a six to get nine from the over. Pakistan need 46 runs off 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 75/3 (Malik 28, Akmal 29)
Naveed has been reintroduced into the attack. Malik collected a crucial boundary off the 2nd ball. Then Akmal pulled the pacer for six over cow corner. Big over for Pak as 11 came off it. Pakistan need 55 runs off 37 balls.
Over 13 || Score 64/3 (Malik 23, Akmal 21)
Mustafa to continue. It seems that Malik and Akmal are happy with singles and doubles. Five runs from the over. Pakistan need 66 runs off 42 balls.
Over 12 || Score 59/3 (Malik 21, Akmal 20)
Fahad Tariq into the attack for the first time. And Umar came down the track to hit the medium pacer towards extra covers for a boundary. Good over for Pakistan as eight runs came off it.
Over 11 || Score 51/3 (Malik 20, Akmal 13)
Rohan Mustafa has been introduced for the first time. Pakistan touched the fifty run mark with a single off the 3rd ball. But a tight over first up by the left arm spinner, three came from it.
Over 10 || Score 48/3 (Malik 19, Akmal 11)
Shahzad set to bowl his 3rd over. Off the last ball came a boundary from Malik’s willow towards fine leg. Seven from the over.
Short highlights of the match were posted on official IANS channel, have a look!