Sultan Ahmed pumps his fist after taking a giant wicket © Peter Della Penna
UAE 182 for 7 (Shaiman 62, Mustafa 45, Walsh 2-21) beat USA 158 for six (Taylor 49, Marshall 31, Sultan Three-33) by 24 runs
Left-arm spinner Sultan Ahmed’s Three for 33, together with the prized scalp of Steven Taylor, helped UAE maintain off USA’s pursuit of 183 in a 24-run win at ICC Academy in Dubai.
Bowling with the brand new ball, Sultan struck his first blow within the fourth over when he had a charging Monank Patel stumped down the leg facet for eight. Quick bowler Zahoor Khan took one other key wicket off the ultimate ball of the Powerplay when Ahmed Raza took a sensational diving catch on the run at deep midwicket to take away Jaskaran Malhotra for 21 to make it 37 for two.
As a stiff breeze picked up blowing throughout the bottom, UAE’s bowlers excelled at protecting the ball large of the stumps to disclaim USA alternatives to carry the ball into the air to clear the brief boundary on the west facet of the bottom. As an alternative, they pressured the USA batsmen to hit into the wind in the direction of the a lot greater boundary to the west. Whereas USA added 99 runs when UAE bowlers had been bowling into the wind, USA solely added 59 runs hitting into the wind.
Whereas Taylor and Marshall added 72 for the third wicket, their struggles adjusting to the windy circumstances meant the stand stretched throughout 9 overs as neither batsman was capable of finding the boundary with regularity. By the point Marshall was nicely caught by Sultan at deep midwicket to begin the 16th over, USA wanted 74 off 29 balls.
With stress mounting, Roy Silva tried his finest to grab the wind, shuffling throughout his stumps to flick Sultan over wonderful leg firstly of the 17th, however in his try and repeat the shot on Sultan’s subsequent authorized supply, he did not get the elevation and picked out Ashfaq Ahmed on the ring. 4 balls later, Taylor charged Sultan and creamed a drive flat to Shaiman Anwar on the quilt boundary for 49 to successfully finish USA’s possibilities at 129 for five after 17 overs. Zahoor took the ball for the ultimate over with USA needing 32 and a slower ball yanked to long-on by Elmore Hutchinson off the second ball of the 20th over mathematically sealed it for UAE.
Shaiman’s essential catch to dismiss Taylor adopted his 62 off 30 balls that earned him the Participant-of-the-Match honors. Arriving within the second over after Ashfaq was caught behind edging a drive off Jessy Singh, Shaiman added 81 for the second wicket with Rohan Mustafa in brisk time. Mustafa was the aggressor early of their stand, punching Hutchinson for 3 consecutive fours between cowl and mid-off to begin the fifth over.
After a methodical begin, the arrival of legspinner Timil Patel introduced out the perfect in Shaiman. He hammered USA’s all-time main wicket-taker in T20 cricket for a pair of sixes over the leg facet within the eighth over, then drove him over long-on for 3 consecutive sixes within the 14th, the primary of which introduced up a 26-ball half-century.
Timil lastly obtained his revenge off the fifth ball of the over, dragging his size again for Shaiman to scoop a catch to Silva at long-on, however by that stage UAE had been in a commanding place. USA captain Saurabh Netravalkar produced a unbelievable death-overs spell which handed him two wickets within the 18th to offer USA hope, however Raza’s straight six off Jessy Singh started a 12-run body in 20th over to make sure the hosts had greater than sufficient runs within the financial institution to clinch the two-match collection.
Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo’s USA correspondent @PeterDellaPenna
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