After a disappointing two games in Perth to start their tour, the UAE are having a much more successful tour now they're in Darwin. After beating the Northern Territory side yesterday, today they recorded a seven wicket win over fellow associates Papua New Guinea.
Despite both sides having ODI status, the match wasn't an ODI as the Gardens Oval in Darwin isn't approved to host ODIs. It was the UAE who won the toss, and they chose to field first. Opener Lega Siaka was removed early on in the PNG innings, before the second wicket pairing of Tony Ura and Assad Vala put on 71.
Vala's dismissal for 38 - the first of three wickets for Nasir Aziz - brought Chris Amini to the crease, and he and Ura put on 49 before Ura was out for a well made 73. Amini was out soon afterwards. Vania Morea dominated the middle order, scoring 61 from 48 balls before he was the seventh man out in the 46th over with the score on 222.
Captain Charles Amini and Norman Vanua then took the Papua New Guinea total to 267-7 from their 50 overs, setting a challenging total for the UAE.
The UAE run chase opened with a 50 run partnership between Amjad Ali and Mohammad Shahzad in the first eight overs, which was followed by Ali and Andri Berenger putting on 71 for the second wicket before the latter was out for 33. Ali was dismissed soon afterwards for 56, but the two quick wickets didn't set the UAE back one bit.
Swapnil Patil and Saqib Ali put on an unbroken 147 for the fourth wicket to secure a seven wicket win, with Patil scoring 72 and Saqib Ali scoring 73.
The UAE now have a few days of training before they take on South Australia in two matches next week.
United Arab Emirates beat Papua New Guinea by 7 wickets
Gardens Oval, Darwin, Australia, 18 September
Papua New Guinea 267-7 (50 overs, T Ura 73, V Morea 61, A Vala 38, Nasir Aziz 3-35)
United Arab Emirates 271-3 (48.2 overs, Saqib Ali 73*, S Patil 72*, Amjad Ali 56)