The United Arab Emirates have put an end to a miserable run in their recent home internationals with a seven wicket win over Oman in a Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi today.
UAE captain Ahmed Raza won the toss and put Oman into bat. The visitors scored quickly at first, led by Zeeshan Maqsood who top scored with 44 from 34 balls. The UAE bowlers turned the game their way as the innings went on, with Rohan Mustafa taking 3-9 from his four overs.
The final total for Oman was 133-8 from their 20 overs. After Maqsood's 44, the next highest score was 22 by Adnan Ilyas.
Following on from his three wickets, Rohan Mustafa scored 41 from 31 balls in the home team's reply, sharing a 50 run partnership for the second wicket with Shaiman Anwar. It was Anwar who went on to finish as the top scorer, making 54 - his first T20I fifty - before he was the third man out.
Mohammad Shahzad and Amjad Ali knocked off the required runs to complete a seven wicket win for the UAE. The UAE will next be in action tomorrow with a Twenty20 match against England, whilst Oman will resume their three match series against Hong Kong on Wednesday. Both matches - like this one - will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
United Arab Emirates beat Oman by 7 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 22 November
Oman 133-8 (20 overs, Zeeshan Maqsood 44, Rohan Mustafa 3-9)
United Arab Emirates 134-3 (18.2 overs, Shaiman Anwar 54, Rohan Mustafa 41)