Bukhari six-for demolishes UAE
Netherlands 114 for 3 (Swart 60*) beat UAE 112 (Bukhari 6-24) by seven wickets
A six-for from fast bowler Mudassar Bukhari toppled UAE for 112 and spearheaded Netherlands' seven-wicket victory in their World Cricket League match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Bukhari dismissed four of the top five batsmen and finished with 6 for 24 from his 10 overs, his best figures in List A cricket. Opening batsman Michael Swart struck an unbeaten 60 off 67 balls with seven fours and two sixes to make sure the chase was complete with 177 balls left unused.
Netherlands opted to bowl at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium and had immediate success. Bukhari dismissed UAE captain Muhammad Kaleem off his first ball of the match, bagged Shaiman Anwar for 13 and Swapnil Patil for 2 in his next over. When Mohammad Usman fell for 6, to Bukhari again, the hosts were 38 for 4 in the 10th over. Mohammad Shahzad cobbled together 37 off 78 balls and wicketkeeper Saqlain Haider hung on for 33 off 68 balls, but with eight of their team-mates making single-digit scores, there was very little chance of recovery.