and he safely negotiates the full delivery on off to help UAE get through their full quota of overs, with two wickets still in hand
Pakistan batsmen craft huge win
9.52 pm: Well, that is all she wrote from Napier. Pakistan secure a second, and much-needed, win in their misfiring World Cup campaign, and will be preparing with keen interest ahead of their crucial clash against South Africa. Don't forget to tune into our live showing of Match Point, while there is also the other match at the WACA between Afghanistan and Australia. Warner currently going strong on 156 in the 33rd over. Yup, you read that correctly. I am going to dash off now to see if history will be made. I think you should too! This is Rohan Sharma signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo.
Ahmed Shehzad, Man of the Match: Pretty much satisfied before the big game (against South Africa). We didn't want to be in a similar situation like we were against Zimbabwe. All the coaches and players have been very supportive to try and fix that. The way Misbah and Haris batted to help us get momentum, will be useful against South Africa. We need to stand up as a team and play as well as we did today.
The Man of the Match is Ahmed Shehzad for his 93.
9.40 pm: So in the end, Pakistan manage to hold on to a 129-run victory over UAE, but you can hardly call it impressive as they allowed them to bat through their full quota, which would have seemed quite unfathomable after they had them languishing at 25 for 3 at one stage. Niggles to Mohammad Irfan, and then Sohail Khan, hurt Pakistan's bowling resources early on, and team management will be hoping they are fit and ready for Pakistan's next crucial encounter against South Africa. Shaiman Anwar moved to the top of the World Cup run-charts after another meaningful innings for his side.
It will be Tauqir to face the final ball of the innings
where was that all this time? delivers a vicious yorker from round the wicket which is just too good for the batsman as he backed away to try and create space to get under it. Far too late in the contest to really matter though...
looks to slam this bouncer going down the leg side over midwicket, but is late on it. Called one for the over
looks to ramp the bowler over backward point, with this one falling safely in the deep in the end
UAE seven down now, but really doesn't matter with just the four legal deliveries left. Naveed is the new batsman
and Javed's jolly good time comes to a suitable end as he attempts yet another club over midwicket, with this one finally falling to a Pakistan fielder in the deep as Sohail Khan steadies himself under the catch. Leaves McLean Park with a host of good memories I am sure
backs away a touch as Wahab delivers this one wide of off, and round the wicket, with the umpire penalising him for straying the margin
punches this back of a length through to the cover fielder, but can't pinch the single
Final over now with UAE needing 134 off 6. Game on!
ahsan: "Required RR 134. Is this correct ? :P"
backs away and then lifts Sohail inside-out over the covers to find the boundary at a rate of knots. Has put on a clinic with some sound shots interspersed with late bludgeons and French cuts
lovely yorker which missed the downswing of Javed's bat as he looked to get under it. Followed the batsman beautifully there
Javed better frame that bat after as he gets away another streaky shot, this time the inside-edge through fine leg, as he looked to smash the bowler over long on
tries to pummel Sohail out of the park over midwicket, but is late on the shorter one that is fired in
tries to get under this full, wide delivery outside of off, but fails to do so
looking for the blockhole but ends up dishing a low full toss which is clubbed away by Javed towards mid-off
hatim: "we can talk about NRR after Pakistan play SA"
backs away before mistiming a slap towards the cover fielder. Still manages to get to the other end when he sees the fielder hesitate with the throw
Javed, looking to slam Riaz over midwicket, ends up getting a thick outside edge as he went early into the shot, with the ball bobbling over through third man to find a useful boundary. Also takes them past the 195-run mark
full and wide of off as Swapnil is able to get bat on ball to bring Javed back on strike
gets away with this slap over third man, but Jamshed is able to make a has of it as he slips soon after picking up the ball, before having to recover again on his feet to go back and fire in the throw from the deep. Has just not been his day today
slams Riaz over cow corner with a mistimed blow, as he is kept to three runs. Brings up their fifty-run stand as well
begins from round the wicket as Javed fails to get any bat on this wide delivery
UAE need just 8 more to put Pakistan's NRR in the red... Riaz back on now
zami: "All efforts to restrict UAE below 195 went in vain in a single over!"
nicely behind this fuller one on middle and off to see out the over
|McLean Park, Napier|
|Toss||United Arab Emirates, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||ODI no. 3622|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45|
|Match days||4 March 2015 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||Pakistan 2, United Arab Emirates 0|