UAE were bowled out in 16.4 overs © Getty Images (representational image)
UAE were bowled out in 16.4 overs © Getty Images (representational image)

UAE were dismissed on their lowest Twenty20 international (T20I) score of 73 on Wednesday. The match was against Netherlands which was played at Dubai. UAE skipper Swapnil Patil won the toss and decided to field first. Capitalising on contributions by Stephan Myburgh, Wesley Barresi and Peter Borren, Netherlands posted 157 for the loss of five wickets in their innings. The three batsmen scored 35, 48 and 43 respectively. Borren in particular scored his 43 runs off just 28 deliveries hitting four boundaries and one six. For UAE, Rohan Mustafa took two wickets while Mohammad Naveed and Mohammad Shahzad chipped in with a wicket each.

In reply, UAE started very poorly as they lost seven wickets when the scoreboard read only 21. Mohammad Usman, who came four-down offered some resistance with his unbeaten 49-run knock off 44 balls. He hit four boundaries and three sixes in his innings. Tragedy for Usman was that he did not receive any support from the other end. He remained the last man standing as he saw wickets tumbling at the other end. Barring him, no UAE batsman was able to reach double digits. Tailender Ahmed Raza was UAE’s second highest scorer with his eight runs lower down the order. UAE were bowled out for 73 in 16.4 overs.

Medium-fast bowler Mudassar Bukhari took a four-wicket-haul while left-arm spinner Michael Rippon picked up three wickets. Michael Swart, Paul van Meekeren and Borren took a wicket each. This is UAE’s lowest ever score in a T20I. They were never ever bowled out for under 100 in a T20I. Their previous lowest was 109 against Scotland in 2014. That match was part of ICC Twenty20 Qualifier.

Brief Scores:

Netherlands 157 for 5 (Wesley Barresi 48(45), Peter Borren 43(28); Rohan Mustafa 2 for 19) beat UAE 73 (Mohammad Usman 49(44); Mudassar Bukhari 4 for 7, Michael Rippon 3 for 8)