UAE off the mark with win over Canada
After two games both of which were affected by the rain, we finally had a full match in Stirling as the UAE won their first game in the tournament.
Both teams were coming into this match on the back foot. Canada had lost to Kenya and then in sensational fashion to Oman, whilst UAE had been comprehensively beaten by Scotland, Afghanistan and the Netherlands.
UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir won the toss, and with his team having lost batting first in their previous three matches, he obviously decided he wanted to do the chasing this time and elected to put Canada into bat.
Canadian openers Ruvindu Gunasekera and Rizwan Cheema were dispatched in quick order, contributing zero and five respectively. Hiral Patel and Nitish Kumar were able to avert an early collapse by putting on 58 for the third wicket before Kumar was out for 19.
Patel went on to score 45 from 27 balls before he was bowled by Rohan Mustafa. That was the top score of the Canadian innings, with Navneet Dhaliwal also chipping in with an unbeaten 39 as the Canadians scored 132-9 from their 20 overs, a rather similar total to that which Oman chased down in spectacular fashion on Sunday.
In reply, the UAE lost Faizan Asif early on, but were never really in trouble, despite taking the match into the final over. Mohammad Shahzad scored 56 from 53 balls before he was out, whilst Swapnil Patil and Abdul Shakoor put on an unbeaten 37 for the sixth wicket as the UAE completed a five wicket win with five balls to spare.
The UAE will next be in action tomorrow when they play Kenya at Goldenacre. Canada have a day off tomorrow before their next match on Thursday against Scotland, also at Goldenacre.