January 26, 2010

UAE

UAE draw first blood with thumping win

Judhajit

Tony Munro

UAE 50 for 1 (Arfan 29*, Iqbal 12) beat Uganda 49 (Ben Musoke 12, Nawaz 4-16, Amjad 2-23, Ahmed Raza 2-2) by nine wickets

United Arab Emirates (UAE) thrashed Uganda by nine wickets and with 44 overs to spare, in the first one-day match at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on Monday. Being put in, Uganda crumbled to 49 all out in 29.4 overs with allrounder Benjamin Musoke (12) the only batsman to reach double figures. Dubai-born bowler Amjad Javed caused early inroads removing experienced opener Roger Mukasa and captain Asad Baig to reduce Uganda to 10 for 2. Fellow opening bowler Qadar Nawaz, making his one-day debut, then capitalised to take 4 for 16 from 10 overs.

When UAE batted, another debutant made an impact as Arfan Haider belted 29 from 18 balls including thee fours and two sixes to propel UAE past Uganda's total in just six overs. Deusdedit Muhumza, in his first match for Uganda, took the consolation wicket of Mohammad Iqbal.

The two teams play the second match of the series in Dubai on Tuesday, with the last game scheduled the following day.

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Posted by Sameer Pathak on (January 26, 2010, 22:31 GMT)

Hi, I am a huge cricket fan and have followed the Indo-Pak Sharjah matches since early 1980s. I had gone to see the stadium on my first visit to Sharjah for nostalgia sake and was pleasently surprised to see the UAE v/s UGANDA game !!! I was the lone bonafide spectator at the game and am mighty proud of it. Kudos to UAE......good job.

Posted by isiko timothy on (January 26, 2010, 16:45 GMT)

interesting that uganda got bandled out for just 49 runs with so much talent in the team 49 runs are unacceptable

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