ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Pakistan vs UAE - As it happened...
Welcome to our coverage of the Pool B match of ICC Cricket World Cup between Pakistan and United Arab Emirates being played at Napier, New Zealand.
Convincing victory for Pakistan as they crush UAE by 129 runs in a Pool B encounter at Napier, New Zealand. UAE batsmen looked under immense pressure while chasing the imposing total of 339. They kept losing wickets and never looked in contention to chase down the total. It's a crucial victory for Pakistan. For the 93-run knock opener Ahmed Shehzad was rewarded with Man-of-the match award.
Over 50 || Score 210/8
Thumping victory for Pakistan over UAE as they beat the minnows by 129 runs. While chasing the mammoth total of 339, UAE kept losing wickets from the start and they never quite recovered from the early blows. With the score of 62, star batsmen Shaiman Anwar once again remained the highest scorer for UAE.
Over 47 || Score 187/6
In the 46th over, Amjad Javed picked Sohail Khan to hit him for two massive sixes along with two boundaries to collect 21 from the over. It's quite frustrating for Pakistan bowlers. .
Over 45 || Score 164/6
Now it seems as if the aim for UAE is just to play the entire 50 overs. Though Pakistan bowlers are trying all their bowling resources to bowl them out but SP Patil and Amjad Javed are playing most of the balls with dead straight bat. 19 runs have come in the last five overs.
Over 40 || Score 145/6
Double blow for Pakistan! Afridi is on a roll here. He not only picked up the wicket of in-form Anwar but also sent, new man to the crease Mustafa, back to the pavilion, for a two ball duck. While chasing an imposing total of 339 UAE's top order came under immense pressure and fell like nine-pins. Now it's just a formality for Pakistan to wrap this game up.
Rohan Mustafa c Ahmed Shehzad b Shahid Afridi 0 (2b)
Shaiman Anwar c Nasir Jamshed b Shahid Afridi 62 (88b)
Over 36 || Score 134/4
Shaiman Anwar hits half-century! In the 33rd over Anwar completed his fifty in style by hitting Harris towards mid-wicket for a boundary.What a form he has been in. Swapnil Patil has come to the crease as UAE lost their fourth wicket. 206 runs required from 14 overs. Though the target is looking far away from UAE's reach but they are not ready to throw in the towel.
Over 30 || Score 109/4
Finally, Sohaib Maqsood breaks the partnership. In trying play an innovative shot over short fine leg fielder, Khurram gave a simple catch to Wahab Riaz, as he couldn't play the shot with perfection. And with that his fine knock came to an end. Meanwhile, UAE have crossed the 100-run mark in the 28th over.
Khurram Khan c Wahab Riaz b Sohaib Maqsood 43 (54b)
Over 25 || Score 89/3
Pakistan are trying hard to break this partnership. 24th over by Wahab Riaz was a maiden one, they are trying all the tricks to create pressure from all the ends. Khurram has reached to 38 whereas Anwar is unbeaten on 29.
Over 22 || Score 81/3
Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi are bowling in tandem for Pakistan. In the mean time Khurram and Anwar have added they have a fifty run-stand for the fourth wicket. But there is still a long way to go as they are chasing an imposing total of 339.
Over 17 || Score 51/3
Khurram Khan and Shaiman Anwar are batting sensibly at the moment. They are dealing in singles and doubles and wherever getting loose balls they are sending them past the boundary line. In the meanwhile, UAE have crossed the 50-run mark in the 17th over.
Over 15 || Score 42/3
In the 14th over Shaiman Anwar took Sohail Khan by surprise as he played a magnificent upper cut to smash the bowler out of the park before collecting a boundary. But those were the only two big shots in the last four overs as 13 runs came in them.
Over 11 || Score 29/3
Sohail Khan is on song! The pacer picked up two wickets to reduce UAE to 25 for three. He first got the better of Berenger as the batsman nicked one to the wicketkeeper. And then in the 10th over, Khan got his second wicket in the form of K Chandran, who got a thick outside edge while trying to play an expensive drive and Umar Akmal took a diving catch behind the wickets. UAE are in deep trouble.
Krishna Chandran c Umar Akmal b Sohail Khan 0 (11b)
AR Berenger c Umar Akmal b Sohail Khan 2 (13b)
Over 7 || Score 19/1
Rahat Ali strikes! Immediately after Ali has been introduced into the attack as the first bowling change in 7th over, he provide Pakistan their first breakthrough. He bowled a super delivery to smash the wickets of Amjad. Poor start by UAE.
Amjad Ali b Rahat Ali 14 (30b)
Over 3 || Score 3/0
To chase an imposing total of 339 Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger have come to open the innings for UAE. A slow start by the openers as they only managed to score three runs in the first three overs. Sohail Khan and Mohammad Irfan are bowling the two new balls.
Over 50 || Score 339/6
Skipper Misbah's quick-fire fifty and Shahid Afridi's cameo (21 off 7)124 in the death overs helped Pakistan to put up a mammoth total in front of minnows UAE. In last five overs came 71 runs as UAE bowlers looked clueless when Pakistan batsmen started to hit lusty blows in the last 10 overs. Pakistani batsmen have done their bid by putting up an imposing total of 339 in front of UAE.
Misbah-ul-Haq c Rohan Mustafa b Guruge 65 (49b)
Umar Akmal c Amjad Ali b Guruge 19 (13b)
Over 45 || Score 268/4
Now the runs are coming swiftly for Pakistan. In the last five overs, they have added 53 runs and lost one wicket in the form of Maqsood, who got out after playing a crucial cameo of 45 off 31 balls. Umar Akmal is the new man in. Pakistan skipper is middling the ball well and smashing the ball well at the moment. He has reached to 41 off 33 balls.
Sohaib Maqsood c Rohan Mustafa b Guruge 45 (31b)
Over 40 || Score 215/3
38 runs have come in the last five overs. In the 39th over Sohaib Maqsood smashed three boundaries off Amjad Javed to collect 13 from the over. Maqsood has quickly moved to 28 off 24 balls with the help of four boundaries. He is middling the ball well. Now only 10 overs have left and Pakistan have seven wickets in hand, so one can expect them to touch the 300-run mark.
Over 35 || Score 177/1
Pakistan have lost their two wickets in quick succession. And both their set batsmen walked back to the pavilion. First, Naveed got the better of Harris and then after a gap of an over Shehzad got run out. The opener missed his ton by mere seven runs. Misbah-ul-Haq and Sohaib Maqsood have come up to the crease after losing their two wickets inside two overs.
Ahmed Shehzad run out 93 (105b)
Haris Sohail c Shaiman Anwar b Mohammad Naveed 70 (83b)
Over 30 || Score 148/1
Now Shehzad and Harris have started taking few risks and are smashing boundaries at regular intervals. In the last five overs they have added 35 runs to their total. UAE here desperately need a couple of wickets if they want to restrict Pakistan under 300.
Over 25 || Score 113/1
Half-centuries for Shehzad and Harris! Both the batsmen completed their fifties and with that they have also added 100-run stand for the second wicket. Now these two have to take a few calculated risks to up the ante.
Over 23 || Score 102/1
Runs are still not coming easily for Pakistan as the batsmen are finding it difficult to even find the gaps for singles and doubles to rotate the strike and keep the score board ticking. In the meantime, Pakistan have crossed the 100-run mark.
Over 20 || Score 89/1
Haris and Shehzad are set in the middle, now they have to accelerate the row flow a bit to improve their run-rate. UAE bowlers are still bowling at a tight line and not offering much room for the batsmen to go for big shots.
Over 17 || Score 80/1
Both the batsmen have added 70 runs for the second wicket, and are going strong. Mohammad Tauqir has replaced the second new ball bowler and is bowling in tandem with Amjad Javed. UAE have to break this partnership to put some pressure back on Pakistan. At the moment Haris and Shehzad are playing with an ease.
Over 12 || Score 58/1
First bowling change! Amjad Javed has been introduced into the attack in the 12th over. But he proved expensive as he leaked 12 runs in his opening over. Both boundaris came from the willow of Haris Sohail. Meanwhile, Pakistan have crossed the 50-run mark as well.
Over 10 || Score 41/1
After losing first wicket early in the innings, Ahmed Shehzad and Haris Sohail are playing sensibly in the middle. Shehzad is playing is natural game which is helping to go for his shots. Sohail is playing according to the merit of the ball. But both the strike bowlers of UAE -- Mohammad Naveed and Manjula Guruge -- bowled an excellent first spell.
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Over 5 || Score 11/1
Pakistan got off to a poor start. They not only lost their opener inside the first five overs but also found it difficult to score runs. Nasir Jamshed's poor form continued with the bat as he once again got out cheaply. Manjula Guruge provided UAE their first breakthrough.
Nasir Jamshed c Khurram Khan b Guruge 4 (12b)
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Toss: UAE have won the toss and will bowl first.
Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal (wicket-keeper), Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan
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United Arab Emirates Squad
Mohammad Tauqir (captain), Amjad Ali, Amjad Javed, AR Berenger, Fahad Alhashmi, AM Guruge, Kamran Shazad, Khurram Khan, Krishna Chandran, Mohammad Naveed, Nasir Aziz, SP Patil (wicket-keeper), Rohan Mustafa, Saqlain Haider, Shaiman Anwar