Shahzad, Ahmed help UAE chase down 300 against Scotland
United Arab Emirates 300-6 (Shahzad 121no) beat
Scotland 299-9 (Berrington 90) by four wickets
6th game, Tri-Series, Dubai
Rameez Shahzad scored an unbeaten 121 while Ashfaq Ahmed scored 92 runs as United Arab Emirates chased down 300 runs against Scotland in 49.1 overs with four wickets in hand in the final game of the tri-series in Dubai.
Scotland won the toss and decided to bat first. Michael Leask (15) scored three boundaries in the first 13 deliveries of the innings before Mohammad Naveed (3-47) accounted for him.
Skipper Rohan Mustafa (2-60) held a return catch in the final over of powerplay to send Matthew Cross (12) back as Scotland managed 49 for two in the first 10 overs. This is when the decisive partnership of Richie Berrington (90) and Kyle Coetzer (75) came as the duo added 84 runs between them to stabilise the innings.
Coetzer, who completed a 61-ball fifty stepped up the gear and struck six boundaries between the 20th and 25th over before he became the second victim of Mustafa.
Berrington tried to take the innings forward but fell 10 runs short of a deserving century before a 29-ball cameo from George Munsey (47) provided the late flourish to lift the total to 299 for nine in the 50 overs. Mohammad Naveed (3-47) and Zahoor Khan (3-62) shared six wickets between them equally while Mustafa had two.
In the chase, UAE had a shaky start with Mustafa (2) and Ghulam Shabber (17) dismissed early but Ashfaq (92) and Rameez (121 not out) got them back on the track with a 125-run stand.
The runs came at almost run a ball as the home side maintained the momentum but Safyaan Sharif brought Scotland back into the game when he had Ashfaq and also effected the run out of Muhammad Usman (11). Adnan Mufti (38) played a useful knock that eased the pressure on Shahzad as he went on to complete the century and saw UAE through the chase with five deliveries to go.
The consolation win helped UAE get their first points in the game but Ireland and Scotland occupied the first two position as the tri-series came to a conclusion.
Whilst this was an interesting series for Scotland, Ireland and UAE you might have thought, as fan at times, it was an ideal opportunity to have an online bet or to play pokies now with the results pretty much going to form.
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