6th Match (N), Dhaka, Feb 29 2016, Asia Cup
(18.4/20 ov, target 130)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
PAK Innings
Full commentary

10.45 pm So Pakistan earn their first points in the Asia Cup with a seven-wicket victory against UAE. They have so much scope for improvement, though. Their bowlers were flat - even Amir who bowled a spell of 4-1-6-2 did not have anywhere near the intensity he bowled with against India. UAE recovered from 3 for 12 to make 129. And then Pakistan's top three failed and from 17 for 3 they were rescued by Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal who put on 114 runs - a new record for fourth-wicket partnerships in T20Is.

Malik: "In the coming matches if Pakistan plays with Khurram Manzoor then Pakistan teams is playing with 10 players. I propose Afridi should open to test himself and bring in Anwar Ali. At least Anwar can bat better than Khurram and will support the bowling as well.

Nauman: "Anwar Ali should be groomed to play at #3 in T20Is (and ODIs). He is not worth a spot as a bowler. Should try to score some runs at top and share 5th bowler spot with Malik. And YES, Khurram needs to make way."

Salman: "Pakistan is appearing three times in the top 10 fourth wicket partnerships in T20Is and Shoaib Malik has been part of all three!"

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UAE captain, Amjad Javed: We wanted about 120 but we got 10 runs extra, we knew it would be difficult to chase, we got some early wickets but we could not capitalise on that. We are still learning, Malik and Akmal took the game away from us. The team is really doing well, I did my best to contribute and try and bring the game back, and make Pakistan work hard. Our coach Aaqib Javed was sure we could give them a fight if we scored 100.

Shoaib Malik, the Man of the Match: Tough conditions, we all know the first six overs has been crucial, if you survive then you can play shots and that is what we did. We lost early wickets but then we decided to forget about the run rate and focus on playing out the first six overs. We bowled well in the first six overs but then we were a bit all over the place, hopefully we will talk about it.

Shahid Afridi: In this format you can't relax (he says with a huge smile). We are making some mistakes and we can't afford that against the big teams. I told my batsmen just play normal cricket, don't go for big runs. We thought after we took three wickets we thought we would get them out for 90-100 but they played well and some shots went off for them ..(off the edges)."

Right, so that game turned out to be more entertaining than I thought it would be. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, when India play Sri Lanka. Thank you for your emails today, and thank you for reading. Cheers.

Mohammad Naveed to Shoaib Malik, FOUR runs
that's the game, a great cut shot to finish, the length is not short and the line isn't wide, but Malik moves slightly towards leg on the back foot and uses those supple wrists to execute perfectly

Sarvesh: "Not to take anything away from Akmal and Malik, but Amir's four overs made a huge difference here.. He should be the Man of the Match!"

Mohammad Naveed to Shoaib Malik, no run
dabbed with soft hands behind point, Malik begins to amble the single but gets sent back
Mohammad Naveed to Umar Akmal, 1 run
Akmal jumps out and towards leg and flashes hard, carving the ball off the outside edge towards third man, falls well short of the fielder. Akmal reaches his fifty too. He's played so sensibly, mostly
Mohammad Naveed to Umar Akmal, no run
good length angling into the right-hander, extra bounce too, akmal takes his bottom hand off the bat as he defends on the leg side

Faras: "I think Umar Akmal has shown enough brains to get few more innings at number 3 or 4. I think Khurram Manzoor is done for Asia Cup, bring in Imad Wasim or Anwer Ali or Wahab Riaz depending on pitch condition."

end of over 1823 runs
PAK: 126/3CRR: 7 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 4 runs from 12b
Shoaib Malik59 (47)
Umar Akmal49 (44)
Amjad Javed4-0-36-3
Rohan Mustafa3-0-20-0
Amjad Javed to Shoaib Malik, SIX runs
a half-volley on middle, angling into the right-hander, Malik gets under it and hoists it far over the wide long-on boundary to take Pakistan within four runs of victory

Hamza: "Can the coach still not see how well suited Umar Akmal is for No.3? I mean how hard is it its been over 4 years and they still cant see it."

Amjad Javed to Shoaib Malik, no run
a good length ball on middle after ages, Malik defends towards the bowler
Amjad Javed to Umar Akmal, 1 run
flicked along the ground to deep midwicket
Amjad Javed to Umar Akmal, SIX runs
deep in the stands beyond cow corner, the 100 stand comes up off 87 balls. Akmal heaved a full ball off the front foot with great use of his wrists
Amjad Javed to Umar Akmal, FOUR runs
short and wide outside off, clearly overcompensated for that previous ball, Akmal waits on the back foot and cuts so hard, with a real flourish, third man is in the circle and that ball raced past him
Amjad Javed to Umar Akmal, SIX runs
cannot bowl full tosses on the pads and expect to get away with it, Akmal gets on the front foot and hits across the line, lofting the ball into the stands beyond square leg

Pakistan need 27 off 18 balls.

end of over 1712 runs
PAK: 103/3CRR: 6.05 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 27 runs from 18b
Umar Akmal32 (40)
Shoaib Malik53 (45)
Rohan Mustafa3-0-20-0
Mohammad Shahzad4-0-19-0
Rohan Mustafa to Umar Akmal, 1 run
moves back and turns the ball off his pads through square leg
Rohan Mustafa to Umar Akmal, no run
moves far outside leg side and plays the full and flat ball to the bowler
Rohan Mustafa to Umar Akmal, no run
played back to the bowler
Rohan Mustafa to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
played through midwicket for a single
Rohan Mustafa to Shoaib Malik, SIX runs
brings up his fifty with a six! Malik steps out of his crease and heaves the ball over cow corner, he hit that cleanly and he hasn't hit all of them that well today. Such a valuable innings for Pakistan, who were in real trouble when he came to bat