Arshad, Raza give UAE 167-run victory
UAE 258 for 9 (Arshad 66, Saqib 40, Gilbert 4-47, Pitcher 3-51) beat Bermuda 91 (Fray 34*, Raza 5-29) by 167 runs
UAE's bowlers shot Bermuda out for 91 to lead their side to a 167-run victory in Hamilton. Bermuda's attack struck regular blows after winning the toss to restrict the visitors to 258, but left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza was in his element, finishing with 5 for 29 as the hosts were bowled out in 27 overs.
Justin Pitcher gave Bermuda a good start, picking three early wickets to reduce UAE to 65 for 3 in the 14th over before Saqib Ali and Arshad Ali initiated a recovery. Saqib struck two fours and a six in his 52-ball 40 and added 71 in 15.3 overs with Arshad before he became the first of Joshua Gilbert's four victims. Swapnil Patel kept the strike rotating as Arshad pushed UAE towards a competitive score with 66 off 83 balls, before Gilbert struck him in front of the stumps. Bermuda rallied in the next few overs picking four wickets for 22 as the visitors struggled for the final thrust. The hosts could however not sustain the intensity, as No. 10 batsman Raza scored an unbeaten run-a-ball 21 to lead his side to 258. Bermuda's bowlers let themselves down by conceding 40 extras, 25 of them wides.
Bermuda's hopes of chasing the target faded early as UAE's new-ball pair, Amjad Javed and Moiz Shahid, reduced them to 20 for 4 in no time. Raza then took centre-stage, running through the middle and lower order to finish with his first five-wicket haul in List A games. Opener Terryn Fray carried his bat through the innings and, in the company of last man Christian Burgess, raised hopes of taking the score past 100, but it was not to be.