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02-Apr-2023 05:12:00 GMT
2023 ICC CWC qualifier play-off, Windhoek

UAE keep their cool to chase down Canada total

United Arab Emirates 255 for 4 (Waseem 80, Shahzad 54*, Lakra 53) beat Canada 254 (Pargat Singh 102, Kirton 50, Aayan Khan 3-34)by 6 wickets

Windhoek: After losing an early wicket, Pargat Singh and Matthew Spoors rebuilt the innings for Canada. Though Spoors would depart for 33, Singh would continue in the same vein and get great support from Nicholas Kirton from the other end.

Singh brought up a sensational century, while Kirton too would notch up a fifty. UAE though ensured that they never let Canada off the hook in terms of the scoring rate after picked up wickets at regular intervals.

The lower middle-order failed to fire for Canada as they failed to capitalise on the two brilliant knocks, being bowled out for 254 in 48.5 overs. For Canada, Aayan Afzal Khan was the outstanding performer with the ball (3/34).

In their chase, skipper Muhammad Waseem led from the front, scoring an impactful 80. He was supported brilliantly by Aryan Lakra (53) as the opening stand for UAE made their task much easier.

Despite losing some wickets, UAE kept their cool and Rameez Shahzad (54*) ensured that there were no hiccups as UAE sealed a six-wicket victory.

The Canadian bowlers tried their best but lacked the penetration to make inroads in the UAE batting unit. With the victory, UAE currently have 4 points, with Canada also on 4.

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