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USA defeated UAE by 5 wickets in Qualifier play off

DUBAI: The UAE innings was rattled early after skipper Muhammad Waseem fell to Saurabh Netravalkar in the very first over.

Not unlike the Namibian approach yesterday, Vriitya Aravind (57) and Aryan Lakra (26) looked to keep their foot on the pedal. While their strategy worked perfectly on Ali Khan, the more disciplined Netravalkar kept the scoring rate in check from his end.

The middle overs saw USA bowlers fight back through Nisarg Patel. This included a phase of play where UAE lost two batters, including Aravind, in a space of 10 balls. Former skipper Rohan Mustafa and the dangerous Asif Khan then forged an important stand to uplift the Asian team.

Asif signalled his intent by taking 19 off the 37th over bowled by Gajanand Singh. The duo looked all set to guide UAE towards a formidable total nearing 300. However, a run out got rid of the set Mustafa and Aayan Khan’s dismissal for a duck against Ali left UAE at 207/6 by the 40th over.

Asif, whose record 41-ball hundred had lit up Kirtipur a couple of weeks back, blasted an 81-ball century to get UAE to a competitive 279/9.

USA didn’t throw their bats around from ball one and looked to preserve wickets. At the same time, their strategy was to steadily progress towards the target. Hence, even with the losses of Shayan Jahangir (22) and Sushant Modani (39) in the ninth and 19th over respectively, the American side reached 127/2 at the halfway stage.

Eight wickets remained in their hands while the side needed just over six runs per over to win the game. UAE, on the other hand, were in desperate need of breakthroughs. However, their troubles were exacerbated when skipper Monank Patel too picked his scoring rate up to match Saiteja Mukkamalla’s aggression. USA added almost six an over between overs 26 to 35, even as UAE missed several chances.

Mukkamalla completed his ton in the 45th over with Gajanand Singh offering solid support from the other end. The late wicket of Singh in the penultimate over raised UAE’s hopes, but Jessy Singh hit a four off the final ball of the 49th over to spark celebrations in the USA camp.

USA have now won two matches to move up to third in the points table with a net run rate of +0.404.

 

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