Canada v United Arab Emirates, World T20 Qualifier, Group B, Stirling July 14, 2015

Shahzad 56 sets up thrilling five-wicket win

ESPNcricinfo staff

United Arab Emirates 136 for 5 (Shahzad 56) beat Canada 132 for 9 (Patel 45, Mustafa 2-15) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

File photo - Mohammad Shahzad struck two fours and three sixes in his 53-ball 56 © ICC/Donald MacLeod

A fine all-round bowling performance and Mohammad Shahzad's 53-ball 56 set up a thrilling five-wicket win for UAE - their first victory of the tournament - against Canada in Stirling. Requiring 25 runs off the last two overs, the sixth wicket pair of Swapnil Patil and Abdul Shakoor struck three sixes in the penultimate over as UAE reached the target with five balls to spare.

UAE got off to the ideal start after putting Canada in - getting two wickets in the first eight balls. However, a 58-run counter-attacking partnership ensued between Hiral Patel and Nitish Kumar. Patel hit five fours and two sixes in his 27-ball 45. Again the momentum shifted as UAE picked up wickets in clumps as 63 for 2 turned to 109 for 9. Navneet Dhaliwal salvaged a competitive total for Canada with an unbeaten 39, lifting the score to 132. Four bowlers picked up two wickets each with only Mohammad Naveed not getting a wicket.

UAE lost Faizan Asif in the third over but partnerships of 25, 40 and 19 kept them on course. Shahzad fell in the 16th over for 56 and another wicket was taken three balls later. An equation of 33 off three overs was brought down to 25 off 12 balls. Cecil Pervez, who had figures of 2 for 11 in three overs, was tasked with bowling the 19th over, where Shakoor and Patil took him for 21 - Shakoor hitting two sixes and Patil one, effectively killing the chase.

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