Javed helps UAE defeat Scotland in T20I

04 Feb

United Arab Emirates 148/8 (20 overs) Javed 76, Sharif 4/24, Leask 2/26 beat Scotland 139/9 (20 overs) Mommsen 56, Naveed 2/16, Javed 2/19 by 9 runs  [Scorecard] 

Scotland took on the UAE at the ICC Academy in Dubai for the first of two T20Is with official ranking points at stake, and the ICC World T20 in India looming large. 

The UAE won the toss and elected to bat first under bright skies as they looked to bounce back from their defeat by the Netherlands yesterday. 

Evans took the second scalp of the day as Mohammad Shazahd had a big swing only to see his stumps disturbed to leave the hosts on 37/2 after 6 overs. 

Amjad Javed then entered the fray and put on a hard-hitting display as he took the attack to the bowlers. 

His innings of 76 from only 42 deliveries gave the UAE a decent total to defend. Safyaan Sharif was the standout Scottish bowler with T20I career-best figures of 4/24, as he continued to impress on the tour. 

Michael Leask was also impressive with the ball with 2/26 to help restrict UAE to 148/8 after their allotted 20 overs. 

Richie Berrington passed 500 T20I runs with his quick-fire 16, but he fell to Maqsood UAE started to take confidence going into the final stages.

Preston Mommsen was the stand out performer in the Scotland reply with 56 from 42 deliveries. Matthew Cross was the second top scorer with 20, but partnerships were hard to come by for the vistors. 

Scotland needed 12 runs from the final over but Amjad Javed held his nerve to close out the match, giving the UAE the win by 9 runs. 

After the match Preston Mommsen said, “It’s a disappointing result for us to take, we felt we were in control of the game for significant periods, however, we lacked the killer punch to get us the win we wanted. 

Tomorrow is a much anticipated games against the Dutch and we know they are a dangerous unit. It will be the final game of the tour and we want to make sure we finish with a win to build some momentum looking forward to India.”  

The match against the Netherlands will start at 1:30pm local time (9:30am GMT). 

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