Fierce Fawad Sinks Singapore

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The final day’s proceedings were virtually reduced to a formality when UAE left Singapore reeling at 23 for five in their second innings at stumps on Friday with the visitors still requiring 153 to avoid a big defeat. With Fawad bowling his heart out, UAE wasted no time in wrapping up the match. The burly and bustling Fawad, who taken three wickets for just seven runs on Friday, again knocked holes into the tentative and brittle Singapore batting, returning an impressive haul of seven for 27 to take his match tally to nine for 54.

UAE virtually dominated the match from day one. Aided by solid efforts from lower order batsman Zahid Shah, who hit a brisk unbeaten 53, they scored 176 before being all out in their first innings. Singapore, despite losing wickets at regular intervals, managed to knock up a decent 138.

For UAE, Rizwan Ahmed turned in a fine bowling performance, taking four wickets for 28 — an impressive haul which helped the home team to a crucial 39-run first innings lead.

Rizwan Ahmed
Fahad Usman
Sameer Zia

UAE lost half of the side for just 41 runs in their second innings, but Fahad Usman and Sameer Zia refused to throw in the towel. Usman scored 37 with four fours while Zia chipped in with 46 which included six fours, their combined efforts guiding the UAE to 137.

Singapore, needing 177 for victory in their second innings, just cracked under the pressure with their batsmen falling to the pace of Fawad.


Syed Muhammad Fawad

With this scintillating victory, the UAE have accumulated 100 points from four matches, well ahead of Nepal (87.5), Malaysia (79), Singapore (65.5) and Hong Kong (46) and have won the ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament for the second consecutive year.”

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Mazhar Khan, Adminstrator of the Emirates Cricket Board said that “UAE once again has shown their superiority amongst the Asian associate member countries.”

History is written by the winners as the saying goes, but it should also be noted that at one stage of the match, mid-way through the UAE second innings, with them at 41 for 5 and a lead of just 79 an upset was on the cards.

Nepal too, have been the one team to beat the UAE in this competition and though the UAE will say it was against a weakened team, there can be mo doubt that Nepal will continue to present the UAE a stiff challenge in the matches ahead.

Our congratulations are extended to them and all the competitors.

Filed December 5, 2005