Shaiman, Aziz take UAE to semis
United Arab Emirates 202 for 8 (Anwar 100, Hossain 3-31) beat Bangladesh Under-23 143 (Rahman 34, Aziz 5-17, Raza 3-22) by 59 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
A century from the opener Shaiman Anwar, followed by an incisive spell of 5 for 17 from offspinner Nasir Aziz helped United Arab Emirates beat Bangladesh Under-23 by 59 runs at The Padang, and seal their spot in the semi-finals of the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore.
Anwar, who accounted for almost half his team's total, struck nine fours during 135-ball 100, and put up vital stands of 62 and 64 for the second and sixth wicket with the wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil and Ahmed Raza respectively, to take UAE to 202 in their 50 overs.
After being put into bat, UAE were off to a bad start, as Amjad Khan mistimed a short ball from Nazmul Islam straight to mid-on for an easy catch for Maisuqur Rahman. A tight bowling performance, spearheaded by legspinner Noor Hossain who finished with 3 for 31, curtailed UAE with wickets at regular intervals.
But Aziz added a late flourish to the innings to end with 17 off just 11 balls, and took the team to a competitive total.
Needing just over four runs an over, Bangladesh began their chase strongly with a 50-run opening stand between the openers Soumya Sarkar and Rony Talukder. Talukder departed for 21 in the 10th over, but a patient 34 off 78 balls by Maisuqur took Bangladesh to 132 for 3 after 35 overs, seemingly on course for an easy win.
But his dismissal in the 36th over to Aziz triggered an unprecedented collapse,as Bangladesh lost their last seven batsmen for just 10 runs. Aziz, the Man of the Match, took four wickets and conceded just six runs in a three-over spell, and was well-complimented by Raza, who finished with 3 for 22, as Bangladesh were bowled out for 143 in 41 overs.
UAE will next square off against India Under-23 in the first semi-final on August 23.