UAE v Afghanistan, Intercontinental One-Day Cup, Sharjah October 10, 2011

Khurram stars in low-scoring win for UAE

ESPNcricinfo staff

UAE 198 (Khurram 53, Anwar 42, Zadran 3-24) beat Afghanistan 183 (Naib 43, Khurram 4-25) by 15 runs

The United Arab Emirates won a close, low-scoring contest against Afghanistan in the first one-day game. Three wicket-hauls from Karim Sadiq and Dawlat Zadran, part of a collective bowling display, helped bowl out UAE for a gettable 198. The pair helped trigger a collapse in which UAE lost eight wickets for 67 runs after being comfortably placed at 131 for 2 in the 24th over. Captain Khurram Khan scored a half-century, supported by Faiman Anwar at No.3, who made 42. But the middle and lower orders fell apart.

Khurram, however, starred in an all-round effort. Five of Afghanistan's middle-order batsmen got starts after the openers had been dismissed cheaply - the highest score among them was Gulbodin Naib's 43 - but weren't able to push on. From 146 for 5, they slipped to 166 for 9. Hamid Hassan took them closer with a spunky 22 but he was the last wicket to fall, trapped in front by Khurram, who finished with four wickets, to end the game with nine balls to spare and Afghanistan 15 runs short.

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  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    you can say jst like a combination of words ,, what is this UAE at least bring one Arab then we can say at least on Arab player is thier.. Well played boys inshallah u guys wil be suceed in next matches... allah bles u all.. best of luck

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I totally agree Mr.Mohammad Nabi Afghan cricket team still need alot more to do...Kabir Khan know about their weakness as well so they should try terminate their weakness grow up as a stronger team.

  • Mohammad on October 11, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    I am following Afghanistan cricket there are along way for Afghanistan to make a stable team, Afghanistan always beated by Pakistani players as you can see UAE team non of them are from UAE they are using Stolen players but afghanistan should think positive they should play their cricket, UAE's Coach Kabir khan knows all the weakness of Afghan players that's up to Afghan cricketers how they can handle this UAE mix team.

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