Tom Cooper claimed two wickets for 18 runs © Getty Images (File photo)
Sylhet: Mar 17, 2014
Spinner Tom Cooper struck twice in the same over before medium pacer Ahsan Malik ran through the lower-order as Netherlands shot out debutants United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 151 in their Qualifying Group B match of the ICC World T20 2014.
Electing to bat, UAE got off to a poor start, losing their openers Amjad Ali (5) and Faizan Asif (6) cheaply with just 12 runs on the board.
Skipper Khurram Khan (31) and Swapnil Patil (23) resurrected the innings with an attacking 67-run partnership for the third wicket. However, both were dismissed by Cooper in the 11th over to reduce the UAE to 81 for four.
Cooper first dismissed Patel and then accounted for Khan to derail UAE’s charge on a good batting surface.
Shaiman Anwar (32) and Rohan Mustafa (20) again raised hopes of a competitive total with their 47-run stand for the fifth wicket. But both the batsmen were dismissed inside three deliveries to leave their team struggling at 131 for 6.
Anwar hit four boundaries and a six over the extra cover region in his 19-ball stay at the crease.
UAE could not recover from the two jolts and lost their last four wickets for the addition of 19 runs.
Malik snared up Amjad Javed (2), Vikrant Shetty (10) and Kamran Shazad (0) in quick succession to put an end to UAE’s innings.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 151 in 19.5 overs (Khurram Khan 31, Shaiman Anwar 32; Ahsan Malik 3 for 16, Tom Cooper 2 for 18, Timm van der Gugten 2 for 24) vs Netherlands.
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