Pakistan had it tough against UAE, but won in the end © AFP
Pakistan had it tough against UAE, but won in the end © AFP

The sixth match of Asia Cup was played between Pakistan and United Arab Emirates at Dhaka. UAE won the toss and opted to bat first but their decision to bat first was proved wrong by their top-order batsmen as they managed to score just 41 runs by losing 4 wickets from 11 overs but then with the help of Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Usman and Amjad Javed’s contributions they managed to post a target of 130 runs against Pakistan. In reply, Pakistan also did not start well as they lost both Sharjeel Khan, Khurram Manzoor and Mohammad Hafeez inside 4 overs but Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal played sensible cricket and both added 114* runs for 4th wicket and helped Pakistan to win the match by 7 wickets.With this match, once again several records entered in the record books of cricket in this format of the game. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs UAE, Asia Cup T20 2016, Match 6 at Dhaka

100 — T20Is played by Pakistan including this match which is most by any team in international cricket. New Zealand and South Africa are at second and third place respectively with 88 and 84 matches. FULL CRICKET BLOG: Pakistan vs UAE, Asia Cup T20 2016, Match 6 at Dhaka

114* — Number of Runs added by Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal for 4th wicket against UAE in today’s match at Dhaka which is most by any pair for 4th wicket in T20Is. Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen’s 112 runs partnership against Pakistan at Dubai (DSC) on February 19, 2010 is at second place in the list. READ: Mohammad Aamer, Shoaib Malik shine in Pakistan’s 7-wicket victory over UAE in Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 6 at Dhaka

1559 — Runs scored by Akmal from 73 T20Is while for Pakistan, the most by any Pakistani batsman in T20Is. Mohammad Hafeez with 1,529 from 73 matches is second, while Malik is at third place with 1,318 runs from 72 matches. In today’s match Akmal scored 50 from 46 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes.

1.50 — Aamer’s economy rate today in his 4-over spell, the best by a Pakistan bowler with a full 4-over spell. Umar Gul with 2.00 economy rate (vs Australia in 2009 at Dubai (DSC) and Mohammad Hafeez with 2.25 economy rate (vs West Indies at Kingstown) are at second and third place in that list.

6 — Runs conceded by Aamer in today’s match against UAE from his 4 overs, second-least by any bowler in a T20I with a 4-over spell. Aizaz Khan of Hong Kong is at first place (4 runs from 4 overs against Nepal at Colombo on November 24, 2014). Prosper Utseya (vs Pakistan at King City on November 12, 2008), Ray Price (vs Canada at King City on November 13, 2008), Daniel Vettori (vs Bangladesh at Hamilton on February 3, 2010), Christopher Mpofu (vs Canada at King City on November 13, 2008) and Sulieman Benn (vs Zimbabwe at Port of Spain on February 28, 2010) are at second place with Aamer in the list.

21 — Dot-balls bowled by Aamer against UAE in today’s match which is most by any bowler in an innings of a T20I along with Mpofu (against Canada at King City in 2008-09) and Mudassar Bukhari (against UAE at Dubai in 2016).

1.50 — Economy rate of Aamer in today’s game against UAE which is also second best among all bowlers who have bowled 4 overs in a T20I. Aizaz, with 1.00, tops the list, while Utseya, Price, Mpofu, Vettori and Benn with 1.50 economy rate are at second place with Aamer in that list.

10 — Players of Pakistani origin in UAE’s 15-member squad — Mohammad Shahzad (Punjab), Muhammad Kaleem (Gujranwala), Muhammad Usman (Lahore), Qadeer Ahmed (Attock), Rohan Mustafa (Kohat), Saqlain Haider (Rawalpindi), Shaiman Anwar (Sialkot), Usman Mushtaq (Sialkot), Zaheer Maqsood (Lahore) and Farhan Ahmed (Bahawalpur).

63* — Runs scored by Malik against UAE in today’s match, most by any Pakistan’s batsman against UAE in T20Is. Today, Malik scored 63 runs from 49 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.

9 — Wickets lost by UAE in Powerplay overs from 3 matches in this Asia Cup, most by any team in this tournament. Pakistan are second with 6.

(Umang Pabari is an Indian mechanical engineer and a cricket enthusiast. Rahul Dravid and AB de Villiers are his role models.)