Late Charge Seals Victory For UAE Over Netherlands

Late Charge Seals Victory For UAE Over Netherlands
Late Charge Seals Victory For UAE Over Netherlands
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United Arab Emirates 168-4 (Naeemuddin Aslam 60no) beat
Netherlands 164-8 (van Bunge 76) by six wickets
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Group B, Dubai

Unbeaten half-centuries from Naeemuddin Aslam and Khurram Khan guided the United Arab Emirates to an impressive six-wicket win over the Netherlands that put them on course for a place in the Super Four stage of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai.

After their win over Kenya on the opening day, the UAE closed on 168 for four after the Netherlands, fresh from a convincing win over Canada, posted 164 for eight from their 20 overs.

The Emirates had been in trouble when they were reduced to 67 for four but Aslam, unbeaten on 60 in 48 balls, and Khan, undefeated on 52 in 35 balls, put on an unbroken stand of 101 to take their side to victory with seven balls to spare.

Aslam hit two fours and two sixes while Khan smacked five fours after Mudassar Bukhari and Ryan ten Doeschate had taken a wicket apiece and Arfan Haider (23) and Saqib Ali (0) were run out to leave the match in the balance.

Earlier, the Netherlands had Daan van Bunge to thank for their own recovery from the position of 66 for five as opening bowler Qasim Zubair bowled his way to figures of five for 24, including a maiden.

Van Bunge hammered 76 in 48 balls with six fours and four sixes to give his side a chance, allied with an unbeaten 32 from captain Peter Borren, but it turned out to be insufficient against a UAE side on top form.

UAE complete their group matches when they take on Canada while the Netherlands play Kenya in a winner-takes-all match.

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