The United Arab Emirates has recorded a six-wicket win over Hong Kong in the latest match of the UAE Tri-Series and in the process kept its 100% record in tact.
The hosts coming off an upset win over Scotland in its previous match two days ago were hopeful of another such performance against Hong Kong.
After winning the toss and sending Hong Kong in and it turned out to be a good decision by UAE Captain Rohan Mustafa.
Despite a confident 47-run opening partnership between Hong Kong opening pair Chris Carter (18) and Cameron McAusland (27), Hong Kong struggled to get going as wickets fell at regular intervals and no meaningful partnerships were able to be formed.
Nizakat Khan was the savior for Hong Kong as he hit a marvelous 93 for the visitors. His innings came off just 111 balls and included seven fours and three sixes. Khan displayed an array of shots on both the on and off side and was particularly strong driving down the ground. Despite the lack of support around him and the constant flow of wickets, he was unfazed and helped push Hong Kong up to 174 all out in the 49th over.
Imran Haider was the again the destroyer for the UAE. Just two days removed from his four-wicket haul against Scotland, Haider again delivered taking figures of 4-25 off 10 overs. He also picked up the prized scalp of Hong Kong Captain Babar Hayat and troubled the Hong Kong batters with his drift and turn throughout his 10 over spell.
Supporting Haider was Zahoor Khan who although expensive (his 4.5 overs went for 29 runs) was able to collect three wickets.Khan dismissed his namesake Nizakat who had made 93 and was in danger of pushing Hong Kong close to 200.
UAE was never in danger of not chasing down the target as opening pair Rohan Mustafa (42) and Mohammed Qasim (41) combined for a 76-run opening partnership in less than 15 overs.
Shaiman Anwar used this platform to play his innings which took the game away from Hong Kong after it had taken two quick wickets. Anwar hit an even 50 from 62 balls including five boundaries. His innings was full of cut shots, sweeps and the occasional hook stroke. Despite being dismissed short f the target, Muhammad Usman and Mohammed Naveed eased the home side to victory by six wickets with still 71 balls to spare.
The win takes the UAE to two wins from two matches on four points. Hong Kong is in second place with two points via one win and one loss, whilst Scotland is last on the table with two losses from its opening two games.