UAE clinched second place in the ACC Premier League after sweeping aside Malaysia in the last match of the tournament with a win of an innings and 61 runs at the Kinrara Oval.

Put in to bat first, the Malaysian top order were literally dodging bullets from the UAE pace attack of Ahmed Nadeem (4-50). Their defenses and hesitant shots only lasted so long and by the end of the 13th over, the hosts were left reeling at 26-5.

A steady and calm headed performance was desperately needed by Malaysia and this came in the form of Anwar Arudin (42) and Darvin Muralitharan (49). The two youngsters played with maturity beyond their years, each hitting nine boundaries, and dragged the team to a comparatively better looking 152-8. Another 29 runs were added onto the scoreboard as Malaysia were bowled out for 181.

Batting comfortably, UAE settled in quickly and played their shots with an ease and confidence the Malaysians lacked throughout their innings. Chipping away at the target, they reached 134-4 at the close of the first days play. Gayan Silva (70), Sameer Naik (66), Javid Ismail (63), Arshad Ali (34) and Muhamad Iqbal (33) were the major contributors to the score. UAE declared at 342-7 with a lead of 161. Bowling credits went to S. Vickneswaran who finished with 4-71.

The Malaysian first innings batting performance didn’t seem all that bad in comparison to what happened in the second. A complete loss of confidence and concentration led to the highest individual score being only 19 with most batsmen scoring only in single digits. The game came to a close in the 43rd over with Malaysia all out on a disappointing score of 100. Ahmed Nadeem (3-31) once again picked up the most number of wickets along with Ahmed Raza (3-16).

John Bailey, the Coach of the Malaysian team said, "There are no excuses. We batted very badly and most of the players did not perform. At this level, losing by over an innings in the second day is just a disappointing thing to see."

With the win, UAE moved up from last into second place behind Nepal in the Premier league standings. For picking up seven wickets in the game, Ahmed Nadeem was declared the Man of the Match.

Malaysia v UAE, March 6-8 2007, Kinrara Oval
Malaysia : 181 all out in 69.4 overs (A. Arudin 42, D. Muralitharan 49 ; A. Nadeem 4-50) and 100 all out in 43.1 overs (A. Nadeem 3-31, A. Raza 3-16)
UAE : 342 for 7 after 88.1 overs (M. Iqbal 33, A. Ali 34, G. Silva 70, S. Naik 66*, J. Ismail 63 ; S. Vickneswaran 4-71)
Man of the Match: Ahmed Nadeem (UAE)


Filed March 12 2007