Oman v UAE, Asia Cup 2016, Mirpur February 22, 2016

UAE storm to main draw with convincing win

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United Arab Emirates 172 for 6 (M Kaleem 50, Usman 46, Aamir Kaleem 4-36) beat Oman 101 for 8 (Maqsood 46, Naveed 2-14) by 71 runs
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File photo - Mohammad Naveed returned figures of 2 for 14 from his four overs © AFP

United Arab Emirates entered the main draw of the Asia Cup after a convincing 71-run win against Oman in Dhaka. UAE won all three of their qualifying matches to finish first on the points table and book their berth.

Oman were still alive going into the last match of the qualifying group, but had to chase the target in 13.5 overs after opting to bowl. UAE just needed a win to qualify.

Oman were given a boost in the second over after Rohan Mustafa was run-out after failing to slide his bat into the crease. The innings was quickly resurrected by Mohammad Shahzad, who struck a fifty in the previous game, and Muhammad Kaleem. The pair added 86 in 65 balls to set a strong platform for the middle order. Sufyan Mehmood, drafted in for this game, removed Kaleem for a 40-ball 50.

Left-arm spinner Aamir Kaleem brought his side back into the contest with two wickets in three balls in the 14th over, dismissing Shahzad and Shaiman Anwar. However, the momentum swung again as Muhammad Usman played a match-turning cameo to lift his side to 172 for 6. He plundered 35 off his last 10 balls and finished with an unbeaten 46 off 22, an innings that featured six fours and two sixes. His innings earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. Aamir Kaleem took two more wickets in the final over to finish with figures of 4 for 36.

Oman's hopes of qualification were dashed within seven overs of the chase, as they were reduced to 38 for 5 in the search for quick runs to get ahead on net run-rate. UAE took two more wickets in the next four overs to effectively kill the match.

The rest of the innings was a formality as Oman crawled to 101 for 8 in 20 overs. Zeeshan Maqsood offered resistance with a 42-ball 46 but no other batsman crossed 15. Fast bowler Mohammad Naveed was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-1-14-2.

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  • Cricinfouser on February 24, 2016, 13:06 GMT

    i do agree with Anderson1212, Afghanistan has stagnated in same skills and manner. there are no improvement in batting since some years now. the selection is purely based on close relative, and family business, thats why u have 5 zadrans, although the zadrans has most of the time done well, but the point is that players are granted permanent place in the team, and u will not produce new talents as long as the ACB is choosing close friends. I do think that we do not deserve to be given the credibility as we been given, we are miles away to beat teams like India or paki, or any other , even if they had a bad day. Get red of karim, mangal, shenwari, stanikzai,,,,.... there is no competition in selections of players!!!

  • anderson1212 on February 24, 2016, 7:05 GMT

    Afghanistan need to take a hard look at their players. You can't win games with player like Karim Sadiq while his contribution to the team is next to nothing. I guess he must have a close friend and relative inside ACB. Secondly I hope they get rid of old players from the team such as Asghar Staneksay the captain, Karim Sadiq, and Shinwari needs to go from the team along Mangal. Afghanistan needs to groom new players because batting is still horrible and I don't see any help from Inzi in batting department. Third If you loose to teams like UEA then you are not a good team and you need to improve your game and I feel for the Afghan cricket fan, but the reality is when you want to beat teams like India you can't loose to UAE.

  • Haqmal111 on February 24, 2016, 6:39 GMT

    Afghanistan are a good side, but even they will lose matches from time to time. There is no side in world cricket, or any sport, immune to losing every now and then. Good associate sides that can compete with a test playing nation in any format are a rarity.

    ICC must go out of its way to accommodate such competitive associate sides into major tournaments. This will ensure these sides get exposure and continue their progress. However, cricket governing body seems to have adopted the exact opposite stance.

    Instead of helping sides like Afghanistan, ICC asks them to go through tough qualification processes where one defeat and one wrong step could lead to elimination.

    This qualification requirement is not a one off. For every major cricketing tournament, the associate nations have to qualify, regardless of what their rank is. Sooner or later even the best associate team is bound to slip up.

  • Haqmal111 on February 24, 2016, 6:37 GMT

    Why it was unfair to make Afghanistan play in the Asia Cup qualifiers Even though Afghanistan are placed above Bangladesh in the T20 rankings, they were made to play in the qualifying stage Afghanistan's rise to International cricket stardom started in 2014 with the Asia Cup. The fight and the passion for the game that the players from the war-torn nation displayed, left a lasting impression on everyone. Their victory over the hosts Bangladesh was the highlight and it further cemented Afghanistan's place in every cricket lover's heart.

    The upcoming Asia Cup would have been a great opportunity for Afghanistan to play more international games against the top sides, and to continue to improve. However, sadly, that won't happen now.

    Afghanistan were eliminated from the Asia Cup qualifiers and UAE sealed their spot for the main group. The UAE team won all three of their qualification games and fully deserve to qualify for the main group.

  • Haqmal111 on February 24, 2016, 6:34 GMT

    Afghanistan are ranked above Bangladesh in T20 rankings

    That is not to say UAE don't deserve their place in the main draw of the tournament starting tomorrow, they clearly do. However, ICC must explain, why were Afghanistan required to earn their spot through a qualifier in the first place?

    Afghanistan have surely done enough to have merited a direct entry into the tournament. In the past year, they played two ODI and two T20 series against Zimbabwe and won each of them.

    Granted Zimbabwe are perhaps the weakest test playing nation, but they are still a test playing nation. It's not often that a non-test playing side can boast of such a healthy record against a test playing side in cricket. Above all though, the upcoming Asia Cup will be played in the T20 format, and in the ICC T20 Rankings, Afghanistan are ranked higher than Bangladesh. On one hand, Bangladesh got a free pass into the main group, Afghanistan had to try and earn their spot through a qualification. dose it seam fair

  • Zahirshah on February 24, 2016, 5:28 GMT

    I purchased a Dish TV and 32 inches LCD, hoping that I will see Afghanistan playing against big teams in Asia cup, with English commentary in star sports , but now I have decided that I won't watch a single match of Asia cup, and I believe that most of cricket fans in Afghanistan will do the same, and this is the result of ICC's wrong decisions regarding associates, which is killing the passion and interest of cricket in Afghanistan. a single defeat caused Afg to disqualify from the main round, even though Afg is placed higher than BD in ICC T20 ranking and BD were defeated by Afg in last edition of Asia cup, but still Afg was supposed to go through qualifying round, this means that the ranking of associates doesn't have any value,My suggestion for ICC is to keep doing your good work and just support test nations, don't work for the growth of cricket beyond this ten nations, the future of teams like Afg,Ire,Nep,Neat and Scot is very dark, and very soon they will go Kenya's way.

  • Dramit Singh on February 23, 2016, 14:41 GMT

    Team india shouldn't take Bangladesh lightly at all because in a format like t20 any team can have a bad day.Bangladesh are a very good team in their backyard.the biggest threat for india is definitely going to be Mustafizur rehman whose off cutters gave nightmares to indian batsman when they toured last Bangladesh for a odi series.indians should concentrate on the grip of Mustafizur rehman when he is bowling because when he holds the ball on the seam then its gonna be a seamup delivery but when he balls the deadly offcutters he tends to hold the ball slightly across the seam.lets hope it's a good game tomorrow and india wins.

  • Oneirodyne on February 23, 2016, 13:11 GMT

    @KHERUVIM: "Indigenous means originating or occurring naturally in a particular place

  • Cyrus_The_Virus on February 23, 2016, 11:54 GMT

    Sad day indeed for ICC. Combination of 9 Pakistan "D" team players & 2 india "F" team players helped Uae qualify for asia cup where batsman from India, SRL & Pakistan will improve their strike rates & create world record by hitting them all over the park. Bowlers will also record career best figures against these expatriates team.

  •   Gyan Singh on February 23, 2016, 11:52 GMT

    This indigenous discussion is getting out of hand and is becoming, frankly, quite scary. If someone lives or grew up in a country, he should be allowed to represent it. There ends the matter. Ethnicity or being of pure blood or whatever does not enter into it. Can you imagine the outcry if certain countries began to decree that only pure Aryans (blue eyes, blond hair) may represent them? Btw, Mark Chapman is half-Chinese. Heavens forbid the day people will not be allowed to represent their (adopted) country for being different from what the powers that be expect players of a certain country to be, should be upon cricket (again).

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