United Arab Emirates
Sultan Zarawani led UAE to their first ODI victory (© Getty images)

In the build-up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, CricketCountry brings to you the most memorable moments and matches from the tournament over the years – right from its first edition, way back in 1975. With 61 days to go, in our latest World Cup Countdown, we take a look when UAE recorded their maiden ODI win

Netherlands and UAE clashed for the first time at the ICC World Cup 1996. Coming into the contest, both teams were winless but in terms of performance, it was Netherlands who had done a better job.

In their first ever ODI, Netherlands lost to New Zealand by 119 runs at Vadodara; almost gave England a scare (losing by 49 runs); lost to Pakistan by eight wickets. During those three matches, they lost only 20 wickets.

UAE were crushed by South Africa (by 169 runs); lost by eight wickets to England; lost to Pakistan by 9 wickets; and then to New Zealand by 109 runs.

Their meeting was originally a day-night fixture but it was changed to a day match.

UAE captain opted to field and Shehzad Altaf struck early to send back Nolan Clarke for a duck. A gritty partnership between Peter Cantrell and Flavian Aponso followed, worth 74 runs.

By the time Aponso hit an off-break from Shaukat Dukanwala back to him, he had scored 45 — but had consumed 80 balls in the process. Tim de Leede showed some sense of urgency, but with Cantrell stuck at one end, runs were difficult to come by. Cantrell was eventually claimed by Azhar Saeed in the 41st over; his 47 had come off 106 balls.

Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk and Roland Lefebvre hit out, but Dukanwala kept striking on a regular basis. He finished with figures of 10-0-29-5 (this included 4 wickets from his last 11 balls).

Netherlands posted 216/9.

Saleem Raza and Azhar Saeed lead a brilliant start, adding 94 in 15 overs. By the time, Azhar was run out for a sedate 82-ball 32, the pair had already added 117. Mazhar Hussain struck three fours in his 14-ball 16; three runs later Steven Lubbers sent Raza back — but not before he had scored a 68-ball 84.

If there was any hope of Netherlands coming back into the match after the double-blow, it was smashed to oblivion by some savage butchery from Mohammad Ishaq, who raced to 51 not out from 55 balls with 8 boundaries, Vijay Mehra providing him company. UAE won by 7 wickets in the 45th over.

Brief Scores: Netherlands 216 for 9 in 50 overs (Peter Cantrell 47, Flavian Aponso 45; Shaukat Dukanwala 5 for 29) lost to UAE 220 for 3 in 44.2 overs (Saleem Raza 84, Mohammad Ishaq 51*) by 7 wickets.