Lions & Pakistan A Too Strong For UAE Second String
While their full international side is celebrating two wins in as many days in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, the United Arab Emirates A team slumped to two heavy defeats to Pakistan A and England Lions in Sharjah.
First up, Pakistan A, bolstered by an unbeaten 99 in 64 balls from captain Mohammad Hafeez, won their game by 119 runs while the England Lions won by 52 runs, James Tredwell taking three wickets.
Hafeez blasted 11 fours and a six and he was backed up by 48 in 32 balls from Shahzaib Hasan as Pakistan A raced to 202 for two.
The Emirates side were then held to 83 for five, unable to score freely against an international-class bowling attack, Tanvir Ahmed and Hafeez taking two wickets apiece.
They competed better against the Lions, for whom Michael Lumb (42) and Ian Bell (37 not out) scored the bulk of the runs during their innings of 184 for five.
Wicket-keeper Indika Sampath then scored 33 in 24 balls and despite being waylaid by Tredwell's three for 22 and Peter Trego's two for 14, they scored 132 for seven.
The Lions and Pakistan's A side will play Twenty20 and 50-over matches against one another in the UAE as well as taking on their senior sides while England and Pakistan meet for two Twenty20 Internationals on 19th and 20th February.
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