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All-round England crush UAE by 79 runs

All-round England crush UAE by 79 runs
Jason Roy scored a 29-ball 59 for England against UAE in the T20 warm-up game in Abu Dhabi.
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England XI 174-6 (Roy 59) beat
United Arab Emirates 95-9 (Fahad Tariq 23) by 79 runs
Twenty20 tour game, Abu Dhabi

Blistering knocks from Alex Hales and Jason Roy combined with a clinical bowling performance helped England defeat United Arab Emirates by 79 runs in their Twenty20 warm-up encounter in Abu Dhabi.

England decided to rest Joe Root for the game. UAE won the toss and opted to field first.

The England innings revolved hugely around their openers as they raced to 51 for no loss in the first four overs, Roy (59) scoring 37 of those runs including six fours and a six.

Hales (40) joined the carnage with a hat-trick of boundaries in the next over. Meanwhile, Roy brought up his fifty in 26 deliveries with a six. 

Ahmed Raza (1-32) finally managed to get a breakthrough castling Roy and immediately in the next over James Vince (2) was run out. England were 96 for two at that stage.

UAE did exceedingly well to come back into the game as they conceded just 78 runs in the last 12 overs with England losing wickets regularly.

England ended up with 174 for six in their allotted 20 overs with only 30 runs coming in last five overs.

Imran Haider (2-23) was the pick of the UAE bowlers as he took two wickets and managed to bowl a maiden over.

The UAE chase was rocketed early by Chris Jordan (2-14), Reece Topley (1-23) and Liam Plunkett (1-28) as they dismissed the top four with the score reading 31. 

None of the UAE batsmen felt comfortable as Fahad Tariq top scored with 23 as Moeen Ali (4-11) stunned the lower middle order. UAE ended at 95 for nine in their 20 overs. 

England will be pleased with their 79-run victory and will hope to continue their form when they take on Pakistan in a three-match T20I series which begins on Thursday.

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