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  • 12:17 AM IST

    LIVE: UAE vs Afghanistan, Desert T20 Challenge 2017, Match 6, UAE 147/5 | Overs 18.5| Target 147| Karim Janat 22 (18), Najibullah Zadran 11 (5): Afghanistan have managed to win the matc by 5 wickets. They needed 20 from the final 2 overs, but they smashed those runs in the next 5 deliveries off Mohammad Shahzad. With this win Afghanistan go to the top of Group A and UAE suffer their very first defeat in the competition.

  • 11:41 PM IST

    LIVE: UAE vs Afghanistan, Desert T20 Challenge 2017, Match 6, UAE 100/4 | Overs 15| Target 147| Samiullah Shenwari 33 (39), Karim Janat 3 (5): Nabi has been dismissed and Afghanistan need to score at over 9 an over in the remaining five overs. This has been in excellent performance by UAE so far, but can they finish things off? OUT! Mohammad Nabi st Shabber b Haider 11 (8)

  • 11:26 PM IST

    LIVE: UAE vs Afghanistan, Desert T20 Challenge 2017, Match 6, UAE 80/3 | Overs 12| Target 147| Samiullah Shenwari 20 (30), Mohammad Nabi 8 (4): Stanikzai has been dismissed for 30 and Afghanistan need over 8 an over to win at this rate. Mohammad Nabi has come in and has immediately started to play his shots. OUT! Asghar Stanikzai b Raza 30 (24)

  • 10:57 PM IST

    LIVE: UAE vs Afghanistan, Desert T20 Challenge 2017, Match 6, UAE 49/2 | Overs 6| Target 147| Asghar Stanikzai 22 (11), Samiullah Shenwari 10 (11): Afghanistan have lost their openers early and now face an uphil task of getting to their target. Ahmed Raza And Amjad Javed have picked up a wicket apiece. Skipper Stankizai and Shenwari will have to ensure that they build a substantial partnership here. OUT! Mohammad Shahzad b Raza 15 (12), Najeeb Tarakai c Zahoor b Javed 0 (2)

  • 10:20 PM IST

    LIVE: UAE vs Afghanistan, Desert T20 Challenge 2017, Match 6, UAE 146/7 | Overs 20| Ahmed Raza 3 (2), Mohammad Naveed 1 (1): UAE have not gotten the score they would have liked to. At ine stage, they looked set to get a score of close to 200, but have not even scored 150. Shaiman Anwar scored a useful fifty. Had he not contributed, UAE would have scored even less.

  • 9:54 PM IST

    LIVE: UAE vs Afghanistan, Desert T20 Challenge 2017, Match 6, UAE 119/4 | Overs 16| Shaiman Anwar 40 (44), Muhammad Usman 2 (4): UAE have lost a couple of wickets more and as a result, their run rate too has dropped significantly. They will however look to end on a high. OUT! Ghulam Shabber c Shahzad b D Zadran 20 (21), Rameez Shahzad c Shahzad b Rashid 3 (4)

  • 9:14 PM IST

    LIVE: UAE vs Afghanistan, Desert T20 Challenge 2017, Match 6, UAE 71/2 | Overs 8| Shaiman Anwar 12 (19), Ghulam Shabber 8 (6): Rohan Mustafa was going well, but he has to depart for 29. Anwar too was caught in the field, but was ruled not out as Dawlat zadran had overstepped. UAE are going at close to 9 an over. At this rate, 200 does not seem to be far fetched. OUT! Rohan Mustafa c Janat b D Zadran 29 (19)

  • 8:47 PM IST

    LIVE: UAE vs Afghanistan, Desert T20 Challenge 2017, Match 6, UAE 34/1 | Overs 3| Rohan Mustafa 17 (10), Shaiman Anwar 0 (3): UAE have lost the wicket of Mohammad Shahzad, who was trapped leg before by Fareed Ahmad. UAE are going at a good rate, but will have to ensure that they do not lose too many wickets in the powerplay overs. Mustafa and Anwar will look to get UAE off to a good start in the initial stages. OUT! Mohammad Shahzad LBW b Ahmad 13 (5)

  • 8:35 PM IST

  • 8:07 PM IST

    TOSS: Afghanistan have won the toss and have elected to bowl first

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Hello, Good evening! Welcome to live cricket blog and updates of Desert T20 2017 challenge. The tournament has reached the sixth match, which will be played between United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Afghanistan on Monday. The same day also witnessed the clash between Hong Kong and Oman. Hong Kong faced a defeat by 7 wickets at the hands of Oman. Coming to this current match between UAE and Afghanistan, both won their first game of the tournament. Afghanistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets, while UAE registered their victory over Namibia by 6 wickets. Looking at the records of both the teams while playing against each other, Afghanistan have always had upper hand by winning four out of five games against UAE.

The only game they lost against UAE was in qualifying round of Asia Cup T20 2016 in Bangladesh, due to which Afghanistan could not qualify for the main round of the tournament. Looking at the current tournament of the Desert T20 Challenge, which is being hosted by UAE itself, Afghanistan have an excellent record against them. They have won all three games against UAE in their backyard so far. Also, the overall numbers are also in favour of Asghar Stanikzai-led Afghanistan. The Blue Tigers have emerged victorious on 18 occasions from 25 in UAE, which is surely an impressive record.

On the other hand, Amjad Javed-captained UAE have registered only 3 wins from 8 T20Is in their home, till now. On paper, Afghanistan are surely a better and balanced team and last one year’s performances in tournaments like ICC World T20 2016 speaks it all. Although, UAE can bring surprise by beating them. Expect an exciting contest between both the teams.

Teams:

United Arab Emirates: Amjad Javed (c), Adnan Mufti, Ahmed Raza, Ghulam Shabber, Imran Haider, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Shahzad, Muhammad Usman, Mohammed Qasim, Muhammed Shanil, Rameez Shahzad, Rohan Mustafa, Shaiman Anwar, Zahoor Farooqi

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Amir Hamza, Najibullah Zadran, Fareed Ahmad, Najeeb Tarakai, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq