UAE Singapore Asia Cup Qualifiers 2018 Chirag Suri Shaiman Anwar
Chirag Suri © Getty Images (file photo)

As expected, UAE crushed Singapore by 215 runs in their 2018 Asia Cup Qualifiers opener, at UKM-YSD Cricket Oval, Bangi. Asked to bat, UAE piled up 312 for 8, that too in 49 overs in a truncated match. The scoring was led by openers Ashfaq Ahmed (64 in 53 balls) and Chirag Suri (111 in 124), and No. 4 Shaiman Anwar (75 in 62). UAE then opened bowling with left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza, who reduced Singapore to 50 for 9 before a last-wicket stand nearly helped them double that score. Singapore eventually folded for 97 — 14 fewer than what Suri had scored.

Singapore were never in the match from the beginning. Ashfaq and Suri added 105 in 105 balls for the first wicket. Three quick wickets followed before Suri and Anwar added another 134, this time in a mere 112 balls. UAE would have scored more had they not lost wickets in a heap towards the end in pursuit of big shots.

In response, Singapore were reduced to 19 for 5 inside nine overs. Then they reached 41 before losing another four wickets for just nine. With little to play for, wicketkeeper-captain Chetan Suryavanshi (51 not out in 64) and No. 11 Amjad Mahboob (17 in 14) hit around, the last pair adding 47 in 49 balls. Raza finished with 8.4-2-20-6.

Brief scores:

UAE 312 for 8 in 50 overs (Ashfaq Ahmed 64, Chirag Suri 111, Shaiman Anwar 75; Amjad Mahboob 3 for 61) beat Singapore 97 in 25.4 overs (Chetan Suryavanshi 51*; Ahmed Raza 6 for 20) by 215 runs.