Pakistan post 339/6 against UAE
04 March 2015, Nirapad News: Pakistan have scored 339 runs, their highest total of the tournament, in 50 overs losing six wickets against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at McLean Park in Napier, New Zealand on Wednesday.
It was a good and solid start for Pakistan after the fall of an early wicket with Mohammad Shehzad, 93, and Haris Sohail, 70, in a 160-run-partnership while Sohaib Maqsood, 45, and Misbah-ul-Haq, 65, added some more to the scoreboard. Manjula Guruge took four wickets for Afghanistan and Mohammad Naveed claimed one.
Earlier, Mohamed Tauqir, the UAE captain, won the toss and inserted Pakistan in Napier. UAE named the same XI that was thrashed by India, and the decision to bowl first on a pitch that is usually full of runs might be interpreted as a reaction to that game.
The match is effectively a must-win encounter for the two teams propping up the Group B table. Pakistan have won only once in their first three fixtures and UAE remain winless.
Pakistan kept faith with the same XI that defeated Zimbabwe, meaning no recall for leg-spinner Yasir Shah or specialist wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Pakistan: 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Haris Sohail, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sohaib Maqsood, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Sohail Khan, 10 Rahat Ali, 11 Mohammad Irfan
UAE: 1 Amjad Ali, 2 Andri Berenger, 3 Krishna Chandran, 4 Khurram Khan, 5 Swapnil Patil (wk), 6 Shaiman Anwar, 7 Rohan Mustafa, 8 Amjad Javed, 9 Mohammad Naveed, 10 Mohammad Tauqir (capt), 11 Manjula Guruge