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by John Pennington Friday 9 August 2013
United Arab Emirates 183-8 (Shaiman Anwar 57) beatCanada 179-7 (H Patel 53) by two wicketsICC World Cricket League Championship, King City
United Arab Emirates took a tense two-wicket victory over Canada in their World Cricket League Championship one-day game to keep up the pressure on their rivals.
They chased down their target of 180 with seven balls to spare and the victory puts them just one point behind Scotland and Netherlands in the table as the three teams battle for the one remaining automatic qualification place for the 2015 World Cup.
Batting first, Canada reached 179 for seven as Hiral Patel made 53 and Nasir Aziz took four for 20 before UAE, for whom Shaiman Anwar hit 57 in 93 balls, got over the line thanks to ninth-wicket pair Aziz (11 not out) and Shadeep Silva (7 not out).
Patel struck five fours and three sixes in 50 balls to get the Canada innings off to a flyer and with Usman Limbada (31) and Ashish Bagai (38) also making contributions, they looked set for a much more competitive total before the Emiratis hit back.
Aziz's outstanding spell saw off both Limbada and Bagai as well as Damodar Daesryth for two and captain Rizwan Cheema for three while Silva returned three for 37.
UAE then struggled to build strong partnerships with most of their top order getting starts until Shaiman, who scored a century in the first one-day game, stuck in to get the run chase back on track.
He hit six fours and despite Arshad Ali's 35 being the only other score above 16, they just about had enough in reserve to win despite Cheema leading by example with the ball with figures of four for 16 and Junaid Siddiqui taking three for 36.
Ireland have already qualified for the World Cup and sit on top of the table with 20 points but the team that finishes second will also join them while the teams in third and fourth place will enter the World Cup Qualifier next year.
ICC World Cricket League Championship standings
Ireland 20 points, Netherlands 15 points, Scotland 15 points, UAE 14 points, Afghanistan 11 points, Kenya 10 points, Namibia 4 points, Canada 3 points
Afghanistan and Namibia have played 10 games; the others have all played 12
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