UAE storm to main draw with convincing win
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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
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.