Current Match Report – U.A.E. vs Afghanistan 2nd T20I 2023/24

UAE 166 for 7 (Lakra 63, Waseem 53, Qais 2-15, Omarzai 2-35) beat Afghanistan 155 (Nabi 47, Zazai 36, Naseer 4-24, Jawadullah 4-26) by 11 runs

It was a whole all-round present from the UAE facet who delivered their third win in T20Is over Afghanistan in 11 makes an attempt. Batting first, Waseem and Lakra added 72 for the opening stand in 8.3 overs. Captain Waseem was the aggressor within the stand, scoring 53 off 32 balls with 4 fours and three sixes.

Qais Ahmad, nevertheless, struck twice in fast time eradicating Waseem and Vriitya Aravind to stem UAE’s progress. Lakra, who had been subdued within the first ten overs of the innings, then took cost, however UAE nonetheless stored shedding wickets on the different finish. They didn’t kind any partnership of notice within the center order earlier than No. 9 Akif Raja and Lakra gave the innings a flourishing finish.

The duo added an unbeaten 39 off simply 19 balls for the eighth wicket to steer UAE to 166. Lakra completed not out on a 47-ball 63 which included three fours and 4 sixes.

In reply, openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz have been fast off the blocks as Afghanistan raced to 47 for 0 in 5 overs, however Naseer modified the complexion of the sport. He took out Gurbaz off his second ball after which struck in his subsequent two overs too, eradicating Ibrahim Zadran and Zazai. Jawadullah then acquired into the act by dislodging Najibullah Zadran and Darwish Rasooli within the area of three balls as Afghanistan slipped to 99 for six within the fifteenth over, needing 65 from 30 balls.

Mohammad Nabi gave UAE a scare by smashing 47 off 27 balls with 5 fours and two sixes however wickets continued to fall round him. Naseer returned to take away Qais earlier than Jawadullah had Noor Ahmad and Naveen-ul-Haq off consecutive balls to sign the tip.

Nabi was on strike for the final over when Afghanistan wanted 20 runs however he solely managed eight runs off 4 balls earlier than falling on the fifth as Afghanistan have been bowled out for 155. Naseer was named Participant of the Match for his 4 for twenty-four. The third and remaining T20I will happen in Sharjah on January 2.

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