UAE Beat USA To Continue Qualifying Build-Up
United Arab Emirates 135-5 (Mohammad Iqbal 43) beat
United States of America 134-8 (Nadkarni 59) by five wickets
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier warm-up, Sharjah
The United Arab Emirates underlined their Twenty20 credentials with a comprehensive five-wicket win over the United States of America in an ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier warm-up match in Sharjah.
Ahead of the qualifying tournament, which begins on 9th February, the USA were restricted to 134 for eight while the UAE needed 18.1 overs to score 135 for five.
Former India Under-19 batsman Sushil Nadkarni top scored for USA with 59 but he was one of only four players to reach double figures as Fayyaz Ahmed returned four for 23 and Ahmed Raza three for 22.
In reply, Mohammad Iqbal thumped 43 in 21 balls to keep the UAE ahead of the required run rate and innings of 26 from the experienced pair of Khurram Khan and Saqib Ali helped them over the line with 11 balls to spare.
USA will meet Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland in Group A of the qualifying tournament while the UAE play Canada, Kenya and the Netherlands in Group B.
UAE coach Colin Wells hopes his side will exceed expectations during the tournament, during which two places at the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean will be snapped up.
“We are itching to get at the other nations,” he said. “We are in excellent form. We were runners-up to Afghanistan at the ACC (Asia Cricket Council) Twenty20 Cup in November and we had a fantastic clean-sweep tour to Namibia where we won the ICC Intercontinental Shield match and also two one-dayers. We’ve also put in some good wins against Uganda.
“I know that on paper the teams we’ll face in the qualifier are stronger but we have taken a lot of confidence from recent results and we won’t be easy to beat. We will need to be at our best to do well but at the moment I am very happy with the progress we’ve made,” he said.
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