The UAE team put up a good fight against England Lions ©Getty Images
The UAE team put up a good fight against England Lions ©Getty Images

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) captain Ahmed Raza on Friday said that there are a lot of positives that his side can take from the three matches they played against the England Lions. It was a practice series prior to the Lions’ upcoming Twenty20 series against the Pakistan A side and they dominated fully over the UAE team which will boost up their confidence. The England Lions won all the three matches, the last one being a tight call and UAE skipper Raza feels the way they performed and put up a good contest was really commendable. READ: Sarfraz Ahmed may lead Pakistan A against England Lions

The final match at the ICC Academy saw the UAE bat first who put up a total of 136 with the loss of six wickets. Gulam Shabbir played a brilliant knock of 56 off 42 that included four fours and two sixes. The low score was well-defended by the UAE bowlers as they reduced the Lions to 25 for 3. From there on, the Lions made a remarkable comeback as Ben Foakes scored 49 and was removed by Waheed Ahmed but by that time the Englishmen had already taken full control of the game. Jake Ball ended it all for UAE by hitting a last-ball boundary. READ: Daniel Bell-Drummond keen to impress for England Lions against Pakistan A

It was a good game and mentioning that, Raza said the effort of his team must be praised.

“It was a really close game and we played some good cricket,” said the 27-year-old spinner. “It was a really good test of our character and skill. Defending a small total is not easy. We put in a lot of effort and at times they were cruising and eventually pulled it back to a point where it was difficult to call a winner. Overall, I’m pleased we gave them a good contest over three games and we can take a lot from this series.”