The UAE are the team everyone keeps forgetting about when it comes to discussing who will join Ireland as one of the two teams to qualify for the 2015 World Cup from the World Cricket League Championship, and they remained in contention after a win over Canada in King City yesterday.
Canadian captain Rizwan Cheema won the toss and it initially looked to be the right decision when the UAE started their innings slowly, only scoring 17 before Arshad Ali was dimissed at the end of the fifth over. But Abdool Shakoor helped pick up the scoring, scoring 30 from 36 balls before he was third out in the 12th over with the score on 54.
Swapnil Patil and Shaiman Anwar then put on 68 for the fourth wicket, a partnership than ended when Damodar Daesrath bowled Patil for 43. Anwar batted on though, sharing in an unbroken partnership of 147 for the fifth wicket with Rohan Mustafa. Mustafa scored 68, whilst Anwar reached his century when he hit the last ball of the innings for four to take his personal tally to 102 and the UAE to 269-4
A tricky target for Canada to chase, and it became even trickier when Hiral Patel was bowled by Mohammad Naveed in the third over with the score on just six. Ruvindu Gunasekera scored 50 and Ussman Limbada scored 58, but they were two bright spots in an otherwise disappointing Canadian batting performance.
Jimmy Hansra scored a quick 30 from 28 balls towards the end of the innings, but no other batsman even passed 20 and Canada were bowled out for 223 to lose by 46 runs, Mohammad Naveed and Nasir Aziz both taking four wickets.
The two teams will meet again at the same venue on Thursday, with the UAE hoping to win again to keep their hopes of a top two finish alive.
Canada lost to UAE by 46 runs
Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, 6 August 2013
UAE 269-4 (50 overs, Shaiman Anwar 102*, Rohan Mustafa 68*, Patil 43)
Canada 223 (46.5 overs, Usman Limbada 58, Gunasekera 50, Nasir Aziz 4-32, Mohammad Naveed 4-39