Pakistan taking on the winner of Asian Qualifying tournament, UAE. Pakistan need to win this match in order to keep the hopes alive or advancing to the Asia Cup final. Pakistan will surely be hoping not to repeat his previous match performance.
UAE has won the toss and elected to bat first. Javed, the UAE skipper hoping to pile up 120 odd runs on the board, he states that his team couldn’t chase down against Sri Lanka, so they will try their luck batting first today.
On the other hand, Shahid Afridi said his team don’t want to repeat what happened against India and they would like to perform consistently now on. Wahab Riaz has been rested today, Mohammad Nawaz to make his debut for Pakistan.
Pakistan: Khurram Manzoor, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, +Sarfaraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, *Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan
United Arab Emirates: Rohan Mustafa, Mohammad Kaleem, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Usman, Shaiman Anwar, +Swapnil Patil, Fahad Tariq, *Amjad Javed, Usman Mushtaq, Ahmed Raza, Mohammad Naveed
Mohammad Amir has the new ball in his hand, Rohan Mustafa and Mohammad Kaleem are the openers for the UAE.
At the end of 1 over, score is 1/0
Amir starting from where he left, giving away just one run in his first over. However, not the similar kind of swing.
Mohammad Sami sharing the new ball with Amir.
At the end of 2 overs, score is 5/1
Rohan Mustafa caught by Afridi, came down the track and was looking to clear the in-field, Sami’s extra pace and bounce was too much for him.
At the end of 3 overs, score is 5/2
Mohammad Amir has got his man! Bowling round the wicket to Mohammad Kaleem, ball coming in after hitting the deck. Amir has bowled a wicket maiden here.
Mohammad Irfan into the attack now.
At the end of 4 overs, score is 12/3
It was going as a better over for UAE, first boundary coming of the match in this over, but Mohammad Irfan spoiled the short lived fun for UAE, he got Mohammad Shahzad on the last ball of the over.
At the end of 5 overs, score is 16/3
Shaiman Anwar in, Just a boundary off the over, Sami bowling on leg, all the batsman has to do is to tickle the ball to the fine leg boundary.
At the end of 6 overs, score is 20/3
Mohammad Irfan testing UAE batsmen with his extra pace and bounce. Usman Mushtaq edged a rising delivery from Irfan that flown over Mohammad Hafeez in the slip for a four.
The captain, Shahid Afridi, himself with the ball now.
At the end of 7 overs, score is 23/3
Just three runs off the over.
Mohammad Nawaz with his first over in the international cricket.
At the end of 8 overs, score is 33/3
Not a good first over for Mohammad Nawaz, conceding a six, 10 runs off the over.
At the end of 9 overs, score is 36/3
Another tight over by Shahid Afridi.
At the end of 10 overs, score is 40/3
At the end of 11 overs, score is 41/4
Shahid Afridi got a wicket here, Usman Mushtaq caught and short fine leg.
At the end of 12 overs, score is 53/4
Mohammad Nawaz is not having an ideal outing there, another expansive over by the left arm slow bowler. A six and a four in the over.
At the end of 13 overs, score is 70/4
Shaiman Anwar taking on Afridi, hitting three consecutive boundaries in the over.
At the end of 14 overs, score is 76/5
Irfan got the big wicket of Shamain Anwar here an angled delivery edged to Sarfaraz Ahmed. Amjad Javed is the new man in. It seems like UAE batsmen are keen to accelerate now, trying big shots off Irfan and getting a boundary with a top edge.
At the end of 15 overs, score is 90/5
The experiment of bowling with Shoaib Malik didn’t pay off, an expansive over by Malik, a six and a four in the over.
At the end of 16 overs, score is 100/5
UAE playing some fearless cricket here, Mohammad Sami in the line of the fire this time, conceding two boundaries. UAE has got their 100 up.
At the end of 17 overs, score is 101/5
Wonderful over by the red hot Mohammad Amir, just a one run in 17th over of the innings.
At the end of 18 overs, score is 114/5
Two sixes in 18th over of Irfan, UAE reached 114/5, their captain said that they will be targeting 120 runs.
At the end of 19 overs, score is 118/6
Another brilliant over by Amir, four dots, a boundary and a bowled on a deadly yorker!
At the end of 20 overs, score is 129/6
UAE has got a competitive total, they have something to bowl now. After a daunting start, UAE made an impressive comeback to reach 129 runs.
Pakistan will have to bat well now to chase this total down.
Mohammad Amir was once again oustanding with the ball, conceding just 6 runs in his 4 overs and got 2 wickets. He bowled 21 dot balls in his spell.
Shamain Anwar on the other hand was the best batter for UAE with 46 crucial runs. Mohammad Usman and Amjad Javed played handy innings of 21 and 27 runs respectively.
Mohammad Hafeez and Sharjeel Khan to open the batting, Mohammad Naved with the new ball.
At the end of 1 over, score is 7/0
A good start by Pakistan, 7 runs coming in the first over with a boundary by Mohammad Hafeez.
Amjad Javed with the new ball from other end.
At the end of 2 overs, score is 11/2
And Amjad Javed has struck twice here, Sharjeel Khan got prey of poor umpiring, he is given LBW which on a delivery which clearly going above the stumps. Khurram Manzoor came in to replace his teammate, but, tried to cut a ball that was too close to play the shot, edged it to the keeper.
At the end of 3 overs, score is 16/2
At the end of 4 overs, score is 17/2
Mohammad Hafeez fell as well, a poor shot and caught at cover. Malik and Umar Akmal on the crease now.
At the end of 5 overs, score is 18/3
At the end of 6 overs, score is 26/3
A pleasing cover drive from Shoaib Malik for a boundary in the over.
At the end of 7 overs, score is 31/3
Five singles off the over.
At the end of 8 overs, score is 35/3
At the end of 9 overs, score is 41/3
A boundary off the over, Shoaib Malik pierced the gap through point.
At the end of 10 overs, score is 48/3
A boundary to end the over, down the leg side and the fine leg was up, easy for Malik.
At the end of 11 overs, score is 51/3
At the end of 12 overs, score is 59/3
Umar Akmal showing some intent now.
At the end of 13 overs, score is 64/3
At the end of 14 overs, score is 75/3
Umar hit a big six in the over, he is going for the cause.
At the end of 15 overs, score is 84/3
Shoaib Malik came down the track and struck a six over Ahmed Raza’s head.
At the end of 16 overs, score is 91/3
Shoaib Malik dropped by Usman Mushtaq, it was a sitter!
At the end of 17 overs, score is 103/3
Shoaib Malik brought up his 50 with a handsome six. Pakistan needs 27 runs in 3 overs at a required rate of 9 runs per over.
At the end of 18 overs, score is 126/3
Pakistan has got the match in their bag now, 3 sixes and a boundary in the over has got Pakistan in the front seat.
At the end of 18.4 overs, score is 131/3
Umar Akmal has brought his half century and Shoaib Malik has scored the winning runs. Pakistan has won the game by 7 wickets.
It was a very tough outing for Pakistan there, losing 3 wickets on just 17 runs. Sharjeel Khan and Khurram Manzoor were vulnerable once again today.
Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal had a brilliant partnership of 114 runs and have kept the hopes alive for their team to play the final. It was a special match for Pakistan as it the 100th T20 international for the Green Shirts.
Shoaib Malik is awarded the man of the match award.