UAE claim Asia Cup spot

United Arab Emirates qualified for the Asia Cup with a 71-run victory over Oman in Fatullah.

UAE went into the match knowing they had to win to join India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the tournament, which starts on Wednesday, after Afghanistan made it two wins from three matches earlier in the day.

And they did just that, limiting Oman to 101 for eight after losing the toss and racking up 172 for six.

Muhammad Kaleem smacked 50 off 40 deliveries and Muhammad Usman added late impetus with a 22-ball 46 which included six fours and two maximums.

Oman never looked likely of completing a successful pursuit as they slipped to 11 for three and then 70 for seven. 

Opener Zeeshan Maqsood attempted to hold the innings together with 46 until he was dismissed by Rohan Mustafa in the 18th over.

Afghanistan put the pressure on UAE with a 66-run victory over Hong Kong at the same venue this morning.

After Asghar Stanikzai smashed 49 from 35 deliveries, Najibullah Zadran lifted Afghanistan to 178 for seven by clubbing three fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 35-ball 60.

Hong Kong’s run-chase started brightly with an opening stand of 56 between Anshuman Rath and Kinchit Shah, who made 41 and 29 respectively.

But they lost their last nine wickets for just 33 runs to be dismissed for 112, Mohammad Nabi taking 4-17 from four overs.  

Source: ECB

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