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UAE hand Scotland their second defeat in tri-series

Muhammad Usman scored 45 off 58 balls in the chase
Muhammad Usman scored 45 off 58 balls in the chase
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UAE 174-6 (Usman 45) beat
Scotland 173 (Berrington 50) by four wickets
Second match, Tri-Nation series, Dubai

After three-wicket hauls from Imran Haider and Zahoor Khan picked three wickets each to restrict Scotland for 173, a collective performance from the middle order with the bat saw United Arab Emirates chase down the target in 41.5 overs with four wickets in hand in the second One-Day International of the tri-nation series in Dubai.

Scotland won the toss and elected to bat first. Even though Matthew Cross (24) and Kyle Coetzer (30) got them off to a decent start of 50 runs, Imran Haider (3-36) and Zahoor Khan (3-17) struck at regular intervals to have the visitors reduced to 98 for six.

Amid the slide, Richie Berrington (50) batted with a lot of responsibility and reached his fifty off 86 deliveries.

However, Scotland lost three wickets including that of Berrington in the final three overs and were bowled out for 173 in 45.2 overs.

Haider and Zaroor were the pick of the UAE bowlers with three wickets each while Ahmed Raza (2-19) snared two wickets.

Rohan Mustafa (10) and Mohammed Qasim (8) got UAE to a slow start of 12 for naught in the first five overs. Josh Davey (2-17) and Safyaan Sharif (2-24) put the hosts in a spot of bother with their double strikes which came in quick succession.

Davey removed the openers Mustafa and Qasim while Sharif had the better of Ghulam Shabber (4) and Shaiman Anwar (14). UAE were reduced to 39 for four.

Just when they looked down and out, Mohammad Usman (45) Adnan Mufti (43 not out) resurrected their hopes with a 62-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Brad Wheal (1-49) had Usman caught behind in the 27th over by the end of which UAE needed 73 more runs with five wickets in hand.

Mufti held his nerve and added a 41-run stand with Mohammad Naveed (30) and another unbeaten 32-run partnership with Ahmed Raza (16 not out) to ensure UAE reached the target in 41.5 overs with four wickets in hand.

For his heroics with the bat, Mufti was also awarded the player of the match. UAE will take on Hong Kong next in the tri-series on 26th January.

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