UAE opt to bat in dead rubber; Negi debuts for India

Toss UAE chose to bat v India
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File photo – Pawan Negi was handed an international debut © BCCI

UAE had made it “scary” for Pakistan on the very same pitch, and they were hoping for a repeat against India as Amjad Javed won the toss and opted to bat again. They had one change – new-ball bowler Qadeer Ahmed had recovered from an injury and replaced Usman Mushtaq.

India, too, had a slew of changes considering the match was a dead rubber. Left-arm spinner Pawan Negi made his international debut. He took Ravindra Jadeja’s place in the XI and was given his first India cap from team director Ravi Shastri.

A couple of familiar faces got a look in as well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harbhajan Singh will play their first international game since October 2015. Ashish Nehra and R Ashwin made way for them.

India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 8 Pawan Negi, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

UAE: 1 Rohan Mustafa, 2 Muhammad Kaleem, 3 Mohammad Shahzad, 4 Shaiman Anwar, 5 Mohammad Usman, 6 Amjad Javed (capt), 7 Qadeer Ahmed, 8 Swapnil Patil (wk), 9 Mohammad Naveed, 10 Ahmed Raza, 11 Fahad Tariq.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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