UAE beaten by Sri Lanka
The UAE may go home without a win in their second Asia Cup, but they have by no means disgraced themselves despite the large margin of their defeats thanks to a few fine individual performances.
Opening bowler Zahid Shah gave the defending champions Sri Lanka an early scare when he trapped Kumar Sangakkara LBW in the first over with no runs on the board. But Mahela Udawatte and Mahela Jayawardene recovered the innings, putting on 114 for the second wicket.
Jayawardene was eventually run out for 61, scored from only 43 balls. Udawatte stayed in, eventually being out for 67, but Sri Lanka lost wickets regularly despite their quick scoring, and were on 209/7 in the 34th over, looking like they may struggle to make a big score.
But Kaushalya Weeraratne (40) and Nuwan Kulasekara (37) steadied the innings with a 53 run partnership for the eight wicket and Sri Lanka made 290/9 from their 50 overs.
The target was always going to be out of the reach for the UAE batsmen, but wicket-keeper and opener Amjad Ali made a good stab at it, scoring 77 from 79 balls before he was third out in the 24th over. No other batsmen could stay with him though, and only two more reached double figures.
The UAE were bowled out for 148 in the 37th over of their innings, losing by 142 runs. Sri Lanka thus join the three other Test playing nations in the second round of the tournament, whilst the two associates go home to prepare for the ACC Trophy.
Sri Lanka will next be in action when they play Pakistan on Sunday, whilst the UAE will travel to Malaysia for the ACC Elite Trophy which starts in four weeks time. The UAE will be hoping to win their fifth consecutive title at that tournament.