The UAE's return to the World Cup stage for the first time since 1996 hasn't been going too well, and today was no exception as they crashed to a 129 run defeat to Pakistan.
UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir won the toss and chose to bat first in what was the first match between the sides since that 1996 World Cup, a remarkable statistic given that Pakistan have been using UAE as their home base for several years now.
Opener Nasir Jamshed was dismissed cheaply early on in the Pakistan innings, but from then on, things were very much against the associate side. Ahmed Shehzad top scored with 93, whilst Haris Sohail and Misbah-ul-Haq also made half-centuries.
The scoring rate, as it has done in many matches in this tournament, accelerated as the innings went on. The last seven overs produced 88 runs as Pakistan reached 339-6. Manjula Guruge was the pick of the UAE bowlers with 4-56.
The UAE reply started badly, with the first three wickets producing 25 runs. Khurram Khan and Shaiman Anwar out on 83 for the fourth wicket, but were scoring too slowly to put Pakistan in any kind of danger. Khan was the fourth man out having scored 43, whilst Anwar scored 62 before he was out, making himself the top run scorer in the tournament.
Amjad Javed scored 40 from 33 balls towards the end of the innings as UAE batted out their 50 overs to score 210-8. They now have a lengthy break before their next match, which will be against South Africa a week tomorrow.
Pakistan beat UAE by 129 runs
McLean Park, Napier, 4 March
Pakistan 339-6 (50 overs, Ahmed Shehzad 93, Haris Sohail 70, Misbah-ul-Haq 65, M Guruge 4-56)
UAE 210-8 (50 overs, Shaiman Anwar 62, Khurram Khan 43, Amjad Javed 40)