Patil innings steers UAE home by four wickets
UAE 171 for 6 (Anwar 58, Patil 55*) beat Scotland 167 (Khan 3-29) by four wickets
An unbeaten 55 from Swapnil Patil saw UAE home by four wickets in their World Cricket League Championship tie against Scotland in Sharjah. Chasing 168, UAE slumped to 35 for 4 before a stand of 82 between Patil and Shaiman Anwar did most of the work to get them to the target.
Patil won the match with two boundaries to finish with 55 not out - a vital 99-ball innings that anchored the chase. He played second-fiddle for a while with Anwar, who top-scored with 58, striking five fours and a six in his 115-ball innings.
The pair dragged the game away from Scotland who were on their way to defending 167 with two early wickets from Gordon Goudie, who dismissed both openers. A wicket and a run out from Safyaan Sharif put UAE in deep trouble before the big stand.
Their early efforts with the ball might have given Scotland hope but they never put enough runs on the board, being bowled out in the penultimate over with five players making double figures. Craig Wallace made 40 from number six but three run outs and a collapse of 4 for 18 at the end of the innings saw Scotland fall short of a competitive total.