The sixth match of the Asia Cup 2016 was played at Shere Bangla National Stadium,Mirpur between UAE and Pakistan as both had yet to open their account on the points table.
UAE decided to go on a positive mood and opted to bat on good conditions as captain Amjad Javed said that they would look to score 120-130 runs on the wicket.UAE top order once again fell like jelly beans as three wickets fell for just 12 runs with signs of being folded in less than 100 runs.Shaiman Anwar produced a heroic effort of 46 runs against a top class bowling attack comprising of Mohammad Amir,Mohammad Irfan and Sami.
The innings gained momentum when 13th over produced 17 runs to make them reach a target of 130 runs with key contribution by Mohammad Usman,Amjad Javed and Mohammad Naveed chipping in with bat.
Mohammad Amir produced miserly figures of 2 wickets for 6 runs in 4 overs therefore showing his consistency after his long awaited return to international cricket.Mohammad Nawaz made his international debut in the game conceded 26 runs after 3 overs to cap off a moderate start to his career after his impressive outing in inaugural Pakistan Super League.
In reply,Pakistan started on jittery note as three wickets fell inside three overs with medium pacer Amjad Javed managing to take prized scalps of Mohammad Hafeez,Khurram Manzoor and Sharjeel Khan.
The team were in huge pressure to a horrendous start to their campaign against India.Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik played sensibly and decided to take singles to revive the teams innings.
The duo formed 114 runspartnership in which Malik scored top scored with 63 runs with Akmal scoring a solid half century as both were remained unbeaten to take their team home in 18th over of the innings and win the match by seven wickets.
Pakistan will take a lot of confidence with this win in the next games of the Asia Cup while UAE will have to show a better display and play for pride in the remaining games.