A ferocious innings from Mohammad Iqbal has seen the UAE beat the USA by five wickets in their first warm-up match for the World Twenty20 Qualifier, after a disastrous batting collapse in the second half of the USA innings.
The UAE won the toss and put the Americans into bat. It started well for the USA, who were playing their first Twenty20 match, as they put on 64 for the first wicket, and 59 from 43 balls by Sushil Nadkarni took them to 103/1 in the 14th over.
But Nadkarni's dismissal sparked a collapse in the American batting line-up. Two balls after he was dismissed by Fayyaz Ahmed, the same bowler removed captain Steve Massiah and Sudesh Dhaniram with consecutive balls, and he removed the dangerous Lennox Cush, who was in the Stanford Superstars squad that beat England in 2008, in his next over.
Two more wickets followed in the 18th and 19th overs, and the USA had lost six wickets for nine runs in five overs. A cameo from Orlando Baker (13 runs from five balls) lifted the USA total a little, and Imran Awan hit his first ball, also the last of the innings, for six to take the USA total to 134-8.
UAE opener Mohammad Iqbal smashed 43 from just 21 balls to set up the UAE run chase, with Khurram Khan and Saqib Ali both scoring 26 to take them closer to the target. Naeemuddin Aslam hit the winning runs to secure the five wicket win with eleven balls to spare.
These teams meet again at Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
UAE beat USA by 5 wickets
Sharjah, 5 February
USA 134-8 (20 overs, S Nadkarni 59, Fayyaz Ahmed 4-23, Ahmed Raza 3-22)
UAE 135-5 (18.1 overs, Mohammad Iqbal 43)