India v UAE, Asia Cup 2016, Mirpur March 3, 2016

India crush UAE for their biggest T20I win

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India 82 for 1 (Rohit 39, Yuvraj 25*) beat UAE 81 for 9 (Shaiman 43, Bhuvneshwar 2-8) by nine wickets
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India's seventh consecutive away win

India versus UAE was a no contest. There was precious little intent from the UAE batsmen and all India had to do was go through the motions to gain a nine-wicket victory. It was India's biggest win in T20Is in terms of balls remaining.

There was nothing riding on this game, except perhaps the opportunity for UAE's batsmen to salvage some pride - putting up 81 for 9 suggests they didn't accomplish that - and a chance for India to test their bench ahead of the final here and the World T20 back home. Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and debutant Pawan Negi sent down 11 overs and picked up four wickets for only 35 runs between them.

MS Dhoni, the India captain, had hoped to bat first at the toss in the hopes of getting his batsmen geared towards setting a total and his side may have felt a little more pressure too. UAE's seam attack has managed to trouble every team in the tournament so far. Mohammad Naveed lent weight to that when he had Shikhar Dhawan nicking off in his second over, but umpire Sharfuddoula did not spot it. Rohit then got a series of boundaries away to set India on course in their 82-run chase, and even if he did hole out for 39 off 28 balls, it almost ended up helping India because they could give Yuvraj Singh some more time in the middle. He slammed a four to finish on 25 off 14 balls and seal victory with nine wickets and 59 balls to spare.

The match was like a lullaby. India, who were asked to bowl, began with two maidens in the first three overs and UAE could only get one run. The usually lively Shere Bangla stadium was fast asleep.

Bhuvneshwar struck in his second over, getting makeshift opener Swapnil Patil to lob a catch at him. Jasprit Bumrah, from the other end, chipped in with an early wicket as well when he had Mohammad Shahzad, the No. 3 batsman who showed little footwork, edging to second slip. Suresh Raina plucked a simple enough chance over his head, but the next time the ball headed his way, it burst through his grasp. Rohan Mustafa was the batsman flashing outside his off stump, and Bhuvneshwar, the bowler, had conceded his first runs after 13 deliveries.

Twenty-six of the first 36 balls - the Powerplay - were dots. And the progression continued: 44 of the first 60 and finally 77 of the entire 120. UAE racked up 72 dot balls against Pakistan on this very pitch on Monday.

Negi was brought into the attack in the 13th over and though there was no real pressure on him, he began with a half-tracker that was pulled for a couple. His second ball was a dart down leg that was swiped for four. He managed to get his first international wicket off his fifth ball, though, as Mohammad Usman scooped a catch to Harbhajan at long-off. Negi was there waiting to return the favour in the next over when Harbhajan tempted Amjad Javed into flicking uppishly towards midwicket. UAE were 57 for 5 in 15 overs.

Besides the lack of intent in their batting, UAE betrayed their standing as amateur cricketers with a silly run-out. Fahad Tariq, who came out at No. 7, pushed Negi on to the off side and set off for a single without realising the left-arm spinner only had to move a couple of steps to get to the ball. Shaiman Anwar had seen that and said no, but Tariq had charged too far down to have any hope.

An even sillier run-out was in the offing when Mohammad Naveed, unaware the throw was coming towards his end, barely made an attempt to reach his ground. MS Dhoni whipped the bails off and had a rather amused smile on his face as he gestured to his team-mates that Naveed had only plonked his bat down rather than slide it through. The third umpire was called, and replays revealed the tailender had got in by a thin margin.

Anwar cobbled together 43 off 48 balls, but he was only one of two batsmen who could manage double-digits and UAE finished their Asia Cup by recording the second-worst total ever in T20Is by any team after batting their full quota of overs and not being all out.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • team_india_number_1 on March 5, 2016, 11:10 GMT

    India and Bangladesh were the best settled teams and they deserve to play the finals. UAE seemed better settled than Pakistan and Sri Lanka. India will definitely win the Asia Cup as well as the World T20 this year, i am quite sure, if there are no injuries.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 5, 2016, 10:21 GMT

    Another win with almost no one batting beyond the openers. Falling into an enormous trap.

  • a4abhik on March 5, 2016, 10:18 GMT

    @ Dean Foxcroft , Firstly, Asia cup is not at all a ICC tournament, it's organized by ACC (Asian Cricket Council). So it's not that the ICC has unfairly "given the opportunity" to specific tournament. And ACC, by all it's means, are completely right and justified to organize such tournament, which is actually held for decades. So the basis of your argument is pretty hollow in this case. Secondly, the pitches used in Asia cup this time are completely different from not only what it going to be in India for the World T20, but also the pitches generally used for any T20 matches. Mirpur served green-tinged seam-friendly wickets, but T20 matches normally are held in quite batting-friendly pitches which is going to be in the coming world cup too. Lastly, it's pretty amusing when one misses the ground situation for whatever reasons, but still finds it right to ask question even before inquiring the facts ! By the way, no team carries 'home condition' to 'overseas'. Is this a news for you now?

  • SAURAVJAIN on March 4, 2016, 19:37 GMT

    @KARGILBOY completely agree.Jadeja is hardly given any chance (like Irfan Pathan) to go and play his natural game with bat.He moves to bat either at 48 over or when IND is 87/5 in 20 overs. Though I admit that he is not ideal 7 like Bevan of Hussey but he should bat higher at Number 4 or 5 where he can play

  • Bala Gopal on March 4, 2016, 16:55 GMT

    @Dean Foxcroft : To answer your question, Asia cup is organised once in 2 years and the committee decided to make it as a t20 tournament to prepare for the world T20 considering Asia cup is traditionally a 50-50 match. India spent 2 months in Australia to aid their preparation for the world cup last year and India lost to that very team they were facing. And format is such that a single match winning knock or a spell is enough to tilt the scales. And pitches are generally batsmen friendly. So there is nothing to feel missed out in terms of level of preparedness.

  • kargilboy on March 4, 2016, 16:44 GMT

    @parousia but about avg 33 in Odis greater to any player played for Ind at that position at no 7 even greater to proper batsman of pak and robin uthappa and all other batsman mentioned by @sauravjain u don't give him chance at all to bat give him 3 overs to bat and discard he always batted 3 or 4 for saurashtra he never given chance to bat up the order currently no player in world in odi avg 34 with bat and avg 32 with bowl taking 150 odi wkts and economy 4.8 and how many runs and dismissal he does in field absolutely ridiculous fielder what more u want he is not ur no 7 but can play at 4 or 5 and provide extra batsman to play at 7 and 8

  • Parousia on March 4, 2016, 15:15 GMT

    @Saurav John Comparing Domestic batting avg of Jadeja is useless bcoz he never scores runs at international level. International performance matters more bcoz this is the highest level so having a triple century in domestic cricket is useless if you cant score even 30 runs at international level which Jadeja is doing at the moment. He consistently fails with the bat for India therefore his 300 against the likes of Tripura, Bihar etc is useless stats

  •   Dean Foxcroft on March 4, 2016, 14:31 GMT

    Thank you @spiritwithin for putting me in my place. Unfortunately i don't have the luxuryof watching all the games like you do. I work. Please forgive my ignorance to think that sub continent pitches favour those home teams. Because of course AUS, Eng, SA, NZ play on those wickets all the time. Please note to self Aus is in SA. You should know this.

  • spiritwithin on March 4, 2016, 14:13 GMT

    @DEAN FOXCROFT.. "What is the reason for having a tournament like this featuring India, Sri lanka, Pakistan etc,. before a world cup in the same conditions. "

    you are mistaken greatly,the pitch condition in the asia cup is far different from the one the teams will face in India during T20 WC...it seems you are not even watching any matches or getting any updates on Asia cup whatsoever,sounds likes u posting comments blindly here.Fact is that all pitches were favoring pacers and not much to spinners,no teams are able to score huge runs because the pitches are not T20 pitches by any standards.So your notion of Asian teams getting practice ahead of T20 WC on similar condition is vastly exaggerated. SA and Aus will probably play in condition akin to T20 picthes in T20 WC in India considering Aus pitches are producing such a huge scores lately..

  • Corridor-of-Certainty on March 4, 2016, 13:54 GMT

    @UNKNOWNJOHNSON - I agree with you. B Kumar should have got the MoM for his accurate and tight bowling upfront (especially because he was playing as a replacement player). It has become a habit to give MoM to the top-scoring batsman regardless of the impact he made on the outcome of the match.