Mohammad Aamer (above) took 2 for 6 © Getty Images
Mohammad Aamer (above) took 2 for 6 © Getty Images

UAE have posted 129  in their innings after electing to bat first in their all-important match of Asia Cup 2016 against Pakistan. UAE started poorly as they lost all their top-order batsmen in the first six overs itself. Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Irfan took one wicket each. Aamer went on to take another wicket in the death overs and gave just six runs in his four overs; his most economical bowling ever in Twenty20 internationals. It is the most economical by a Pakistani and the joint second most economical after Aizaz Khan of Hong Kong. UAE lost their fourth wicket on the final ball of the 11th over. This time it was skipper Shahid Afridi who broke the partnership as he sent Usman Mushtaq back to the dugout. Shaiman Anwar then took on Mohammad Nawaz hitting a six and four off the next two consecutive balls. Anwar then struck three back-to-back boundaries off Afridi on three different areas of the ground— backward point, deep extra cover and backward square leg. UAE were 70 for 4 after the end of 13 overs. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs UAE, Asia Cup T20 2016, Match 6 at Dhaka

Mohammad Irfan was then brought back into the attack. The decision proved right as he got Anwar out for 46. Anwar hit five shots to the fence and two for maximum in his innings. UAE captain Amjad Javed then came to the crease. He hit a four off the final ball at third man region. He was fortunate as it was a top-edge over the top of the wicketkeeper’s head. Muhammad Usman faced the 15th over bowled by Shoaib Malik. He struck a six and four on the final two balls of the over. A fine pull fetched him six runs over backward point region. Javed then got a lucky four as his top-edge off a Sami’s delivery landed in no man’s land and the ball ran past the third man.

UAE were 100 for 5 with four overs remaining. Aamer came back to bowl his third over. It was tight as he gave just a run in the 17th over of the innings. UAE’s batting had again failed them. Amjad Javed then struck a six over fine leg. A short ball and the batsman thought of ducking first but then changed his mind and attempted a pull. A top-edge followed as the ball raced over fine leg for maximum. On the penultimate ball, he made room for himself and hit the ball over long-off for another six. An expensive final over helped UAE reach 129 in their allotted 20 overs.

Brief scores:
UAE 129 for 6 in 20 overs(Shaiman Anwar 46, Amjad Javed 27; Mohammad Aamer 2 for 6, Mohammad Irfan 2 for 30) lose to Pakistan 131 for 3 in 18.4 overs (Shoaib Malik 63*, Umar Akmal 50*; Amjad Javed 3 for 36) by 7 wickets.