UAE edge out Kenya
The UAE also recorded its second win in the Super Six stage, defeating Kenya by 13 runs with three balls to spare at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
Kenya would have been pleased with its decision to send the UAE in to bat, with medium pacer Nehemiah Odhiambo claiming both openers within the first five overs. Skipper Khurram Khan again led the way with the bat, scoring 85 runs, and he was ably supported by Swapnil Patil (36) and lower order batsman Amjad Javed, who scored 63 from 31 balls, including five fours and three sixes.
In response, opener Irfan Karim (39), Collins Obuya (41) and Maurice Ouma (42) all contributed with the bat, however, the side was always just below the required run rate, and Kenya was all out for 233 with three balls to spare. Man of the match Amjad Javed added two wickets to his 63, while Mohammad Naveed claimed three for 40.
Man of the Match Amjad Javed said the back-to-back victories filled his side with confidence. "With this win the moral is boosted in the camp and we have one more game against Namibia and we think we can do it, we think we can play in the Cricket World Cup."
UAE coach and former Pakistan fast bowler Aqib Javed was delighted with his side's performance. "I am really happy because our first aim was to get to the top four, and next is to go all the way to the Cricket World Cup."
Aqib continued: "When I joined the UAE many people asked me what my goal was for the UAE so I said that I want the UAE to play three world cups. The first one was Under 19 which we have qualified for, then T20 and now one more to go."