UAE make semi-finals in Singapore
The UAE have secured their place in the semi-finals of the ACC Emerging Nations Cup in Singapore with a win over the Bangladesh Under-23 side today.
Batting first after losing the toss, the UAE lost wickets regularly throughout their innings, but Shaiman Anwar held firm at one end to score exactly 100 as the UAE made a total of 202-8 from their 50 overs. Noor Hossain was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with 3-31.
Bangladesh started slowly and steadily, with the UAE bowlers keeping the run rate down. On 133-3 with 15 overs to go though, Bangladesh would still have expected to win the game. But the UAE sliced through the rest of the batting order and the last seven wickets fell for just ten runs.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 143, the UAE winning by 59 runs. Nasir Aziz was the pick of the UAE bowlers with 5-17 from his seven overs. The win also ensured that the UAE qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament where they will play the India Under-23 side.
That Indian side were also in action today, taking on Afghanistan. The Afghans batted first after losing the toss and scored 184-7 from their 50 overs, Samilullah Shenwari top scoring with an unbeaten 43. The Indians were then restricted to 156-9 from their 50 overs, losing by 28 runs.
The margin of victory wasn't enough to get Afghanistan into the semi-finals, but they will be delighted with their performance against a team packed with IPL and Ranji Trophy players.
The semi-finals will be played tomorrow.