Pakistan register seven-wicket win over UAE in Mirpur

Pakistan beat UAE by seven wickets in Mirpur. (Malik 63*, Akmal 50*; Amjad 3/36).

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: February 29, 2016 11:51:51 pm
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Pakistan beat UAE by seven wickets in Mirpur. (Shoiab Malik 63*, Umar Akmal 50*; Amjad Javed 3/36)

Scorecard: Pakistan vs UAE, Asia Cup 2016

WATCH: What went right for Pakistan, wrong for UAE (App users click here)

The match, as it happened

2208 hrs IST: It’s raining sixes off Malik and Akmal’s blade. Pakistan a hit away from win now

2204 hrs IST: SIX more….Pakistan in a hurry to wrap this one now. Partnership moves into the 90s now

2200 hrs IST: SIX! Malik brings up his FIFTY in style, off 44 balls. Pakistan now cruising at 101/3

2149 hrs IST: SIX! Akmal clears the ropes to hit Pakistan’s first maximum of this edition of the Asia Cup

2148 hrs IST: And, that’s a FIFTY-run partnership between Akmal and Malik

2145 hrs IST: Pakistan, meanwhile, are yet to hit a six in this edition of the Asia Cup

2138 hrs IST: UAE started well but have not manage to strike with their slower bowlers – something which their opponents also struggled with

2130 hrs IST: The Malik-Akmal stand is now worth a crucial 42 runs

2120 hrs IST: Malik and Akmal not doing anything silly in the middle. Running hard, finding the gaps and keeping the scoreboard ticking

2115 hrs IST: Very little separating the two teams at this stage of the game. UAE took the game away by dominating Pakistan spinners. It will be interesting to see how Pakistan attack the slower bowlers

2110 hrs IST: With three back in the hut, Pakistan need a steady stand. One more wicket would trigger panic in the dressing room

2100 hrs IST: WICKET! No.3 for Amjad as Hafeez drives one with power but straight to Fahad. Pakistan 17/3

2054 hrs IST: WICKET! Another one, Khurram departs without troubling the scorers. Pakistan in a spot of bother at 11/2

2051 hrs IST: WICKET! Amjad traps opener Sharjeel in front. Pakistan 11/1

2045 hrs IST: Pakistan openers out in the middle for the chase. Naveed with the new ball for UAE

2026 hrs IST: UAE post 129/6 against Pakistan in Mirpur. (Anwar 46; Amir 2/6, Irfan 2/30)

2014 hrs IST: Ajmal has scored very useful runs for his side. Hits to sixes in the Irfan over to take the total to 114/5

2004 hrs IST: UAE’s approach simple – throw bat at everything and it’s working for them. 100 up in the 16th over

2000 hrs IST: UAE all at ease against Pakistan slow bowlers. They move to 90/5 at the end of the 15th over. 110-115 very much on the cards from here

1954 hrs IST: WICKET! The big man Irfan removes the dangerman Shaiman who departs after scoring a 42-ball 46

1950 hrs IST: Afridi concedes three boundaries in that over, Shaiman moves into the 40s as UAE recover after the poor start

1943 hrs IST: SIX! Shaiman goes after Nawaz again and gets enough distance, even against the turn

1940 hrs IST: WICKET! Afridi breaks steady stand as Mushtaq miscues a sweep to Nawaz at short fine-leg

1930 hrs IST: SIX! Shaiman goes inside-out and it goes the distance. First maximum of the innings

1925 hrs IST: UAE end the powerplay at 20/3. Shahid Afridi comes into the attack

1919 hrs IST: WICKET! Irfan extracts awkward bounce and Shahzad can only edge it to Sarfraz behind the stumps. UAE 12/3

1917 hrs IST: Lanky Irfan pitches one up and Shahzad drives it elegantly through the covers region for the first boundary

1911 hrs IST: WICKET! Amir changes the angle, delivers on the good-length spot and hits top of off. Kaleem makes the walk back. 5/2

1909 hrs IST: WICKET! Mustafa charges down, attempts the big shot but fails to even clear the circle. Throws his wicket again. UAE 5/1

1900 hrs IST: And, the openers survive Amir’s first. Mustafa managed a run too. UAE 1/0 at the end of the first over

1855 hrs IST: UAE openers Mustafa and Kaleem out in the middle. Amir with the new ball for Pakistan

1845 hrs IST: Amir vs UAE openers

1840 hrs IST: UAE XI – R Mustafa, M Kaleem, Mohammad Shahzad, S Anwar, S Patil, M Usman, A Javed, F Tariq, U Mushtaq, A Raza, M Naveed

1840 hrs IST: PAK XI – M Hafeez, S Khan, K Manzoor, U Akmal, S Malik, S Ahmed, S Afridi, M Nawaz, M Sami, M Amir, M Irfan

1838 hrs IST: Pakistan with an interesting change for this contest – rest Riaz, include debutant Mohammad Nawaz

1830 hrs IST: Toss! UAE elect to bat against Pakistan in Mirpur. Wahab Riaz rested for this contest

1827 hrs IST: Pitch! They have taken some grass off the strip for this game. Good pitch. Dean Jones feels if Pakistan win toss, they should look to bat first. He says pitches are now getting better and better in Mirpur

1820 hrs IST: Pakistan players are out for the warm-ups. We will have the first look at the pitch in some time from now

The build-up

We had no idea about Mirpur conditions: Shoaib Malik

Shoaib Malik, however, declared that Pakistan’s pace attack is the best among the five teams in the tournament. (Source: AP)

Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik on Sunday conceded that Pakistan had “no idea” about the nature of the Sher-e-Bangla strip and they have learnt from their mistakes committed against arch-rivals India.

WATCH: What went wrong for Pakistan against India (App users click here)

Amir was outstanding against India, feels Pakistan coach

Mohammad Amir bagged 3 wickets in his allotted 4 overs against India. (Source: AP)

MS Dhoni, too, lavished praise on Mohammad Amir, terming his length as key during Pakistan’s modest defence.

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