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133dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu in Mirpur

Pakistan overcome hiccups for seven-wicket win

Pakistan tried to sink their teeth into the target and suddenly found it was more than they could chew. The top three fell early, but Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal buckled down and took Pakistan to a seven-wicket victory against UAE in Mirpur

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Shoaib Malik
63(49) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 15 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 5 10 4 4 34 6
Umar Akmal
50(46) 2x4 - 3x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 2 2 7 0 8 14 17

Best performances - Bowlers

Amjad Javed
O4
M0
R36
W3
Eco9.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Mohammad Amir
O4
M1
R6
W2
Eco1.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Series

Toss

United Arab Emirates , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40

Match days

29 Februnary 2016 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Pakistan 2, United Arab Emirates 0

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: George Binoy

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!"

I'll have the presentation for you shortly.

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.

18.4
4
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!"

18.3
0
Mohammad Naveed to Shoaib Malik, no run, dabbed with soft hands behind point, Malik begins to amble the single but gets sent back
18.2
1
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
18.1
0
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:
18 | 23 Runs | PAK: 126/3 (4 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 2.00)

  • Shoaib Malik59 (47b)
  • Umar Akmal49 (44b)
  • Amjad Javed4-0-36-3
  • Rohan Mustafa3-0-20-0
17.6
6
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."

17.5
0
Amjad Javed to Shoaib Malik, no run, a good length ball on middle after ages, Malik defends towards the bowler

Record stand

114*

Partnership between Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal - highest for the fourth wicket in T20Is. Prev highest: 112* between Morgan and Pietersen v Pak, Dubai, 2011-12.

Top bowling

1

No. of better economy rates in T20Is than Amir's 1.50, when bowling full quota of 4 overs. Only Hong Kong's Aizaz Khan had economy of 1.00 v Nepal in 2014-15.

Failed starts everytime

9

No. of wkts lost by UAE in the powerplays in this Asia Cup, in the main round. 4 wkts vs SL, 2 vs Ban and 3 in this match.

A century

0

Teams who have played 100 T20Is, before this. Pakistan becomes the first team to appear in 100 T20Is in this match.