ACC Trophy Elite 2010 - Commentary - Malaysia v UAE

See you tomorrow
Man of the Match obviously Suhan Kumar
But the result is this: Malaysia are through to the semi-finals of the 2010 ACC Trophy Elite and they're back tomorrow as will we be
They're like two boxers after a gruelling 15-rounder
They're a tirerd loking team though the win took a lot out of them and even more out of the UAE
Incredible scenes here, Shahrulnizam sprinted off the moment he'd hit it, Hassan chasing him. Malaysia delighted in their tent.
MALAYSIA HAVE WON BY TWO WICKETS
27.1 Saqib to Yusof, FOUR, swunfg off leg-stump, over the head of deep mid-on Fayyaz and one bounce over the ropes
Malaysia haven't beaten UAE in years and never in the ACC Trophy
Saqib Ali, a fighter among fighters to bowl what could be the last over of the match
Khurram Khan marshalling his fleld for one last push. Lots of hands on hips and chins on chests there
Hassan pats his young partner on the shoulder as they have a mid-pitch conference
Malaysia need 4 off 8 balls for the semi-final
End of over 27 (6 runs) Malaysia 149 for 8 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
26.6 Shadeep to Hassan RHB, 2 runs, driven crsiply to long on and comes back for 2
26.5 Shadeep SLA to Yusof LHB, 1 run, short ball pulled around, with just enough to get a run
26.4 Shadeep to Yusof, no run
26.3 Shadeep to Hassan, 1 run, driven to long-on, Yusof almost runs himself out
26.2 Shadeep to Hassan, 2 runs, in the air for a long time, long off couldn't get to it. Hassan struggles for the second but makes it
26.1 Shadeep SLA to Hassan RHB, no run
Batting Powerplay Ends, 43 came off it
Malaysia need 10 off 14 balls for the semi-final
End of over 26 (7 runs) Malaysia 143 for 8 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
25.6 Qassim to Hassan, 1 run, driven to long-off
25.5 Qassim to Hassan, 2 runs, flicked to square leg, in the air but safe
25.5 Qassim to Hassan, WIDE
25.4 Qassim to Hassan, no run
25.3 Qassim to Yusof, 1 run
25.3 Qassim to Yusof LHB, WIDE
Shahrulnizam Yusof is the new batsman
Malaysia 137 for 8, 25.2 overs
Shafiq Sharif lbw Qassim Zubair 4 (3 balls, 1 four)
25.2 Qassim to Shafiq, WICKET, fast and full and plumb and out, played round it, head in the air
25.1 Qassim to Hassan, 1 run to long-off
Malaysia need 16 off 20 balls for the semi-final
End of over 25 (11 runs) Malaysia 136 for 7 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
24.6 Shadeep to Shafiq, no run
24.5 Shadeep to Shafiq, FOUR, streaky edged cut and has enough on it to beat backward point
Last time he batted he was out first ball
New batsman is Shafiq Sharif
Malaysia: 132 for 7 (24.4 overs)
Suhan Kumar b Shadeep Silva 65 (65 balls, 6 fours, 1 six)
End of a top innings
24.4 Shadeep to Suhan, WICKET, fired in just a little faster and Suhan down the wicket and looking for an off-stump boundary is bowled, top of off-stump
from his knees and he has UAE on theirs
24.3 Shadeep to Suhan, SIX, top shot, driven over long-on
24.2 Shadeep to Hassan, 1 run, played to mid-on
24.1 Shadeep to Hassan, no run, big heave miscued
Malaysia need 28 off 26 balls for the semi-final
End of over 24 (8 runs) Malaysia 125 for 6 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
23.6 Qassim to Hassan, 1 run, punched to mid-off
23.5 Qassim to Hassan, no run, played back to the bowler
23.4 Qassim to Hassan, FOUR, flicked off his pads and long-on makes a hash of it
23.3 Qassim to Suhan, 1 run, to long-off
23.2 Qassim to Suhan, no run, first dot ball after eight deliveries
23.1 Qassim RMF to Suhan, 2 runs, overpitched and driven to long-off
Suhan Kumar 56*, Hassan Ghulam 5*
Qassim Zubair 6-0-21-2, Shadeep 3-0-22-0
DRINKS
Malaysia need 36 off 32 balls for the semi-final
End of over 23 (10 runs) Malaysia 117 for 6 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
22.6 Shadeep to Hassan, 2 runs to long-on
22.5 Shadeep to Suhan, 1 run to long-on
22.4 Shadeep to Hassan, 1 run
22.3 Shadeep to Suhan, 1 run, to long-on
22.2 Shadeep to Suhan, FOUR, sliced and bisects cover and mid-off tantalisingly and gets to the rope
Catchable for a while
22.1 Shadeep to Hassan, 1 run
Shadeep Silva, wise old cove and SLA on from the North End
Malaysia need 46 off 38 balls
for the semi-final
End of over 22 (7 runs) Malaysia 107 for 6 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
21.6 Qassim to Hassan, 1 run, tucked off his legs
Hassan Ghulam RHB is the new batsman
Malaysia 106 for 6 (21.5 overs)
Suresh Navaratnam b Qassim Zubair 2 (3 balls)
May just have been Qassim's ability to exploit the variable bounce that had Khurram call him back
21.5 Qassim to Suresh, WICKET, bowled off-stump, driving, ball may have kept a bit low
Suhan Kumar 50* off 57 balls (5 fours)
21.4 Qassim to Suhan, 1 run, on-driven sweetly
Suhan Kumar 49*
21.3 Qassim to Suhan, no run
full-toss and clips the pads, fielder no chance
21.2 Qassim to Suhan, FOUR leg byes
21.1 Qassim to Suresh Navaratnam RHB, 1 run
Qassim Zubair RMF comes back on at the South End
Ezsrafiq Azis run out (Abdul Rehman) 3 (5 balls)
Malaysia need 52 off 44 balls for the semi-final
End of over 21 (3 runs) Malaysia 100 for 4 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
20.6 Saqib to Suhan, 1 run, driven to long-on
20.5 Saqib to Suhan, no run
20.4 Saqib to Ezsrafiq, WICKET, Ezsrafiq runs himself out! Turned to fine leg, he ran all the way to the bowler's end but had his bat in the air when the throw from Abdul Rehman (not wicket-keeper today) hit the stumps on the full
20.3 Saqib to Suhan, 1 run, driven to long-on
20.2 Saqib to Suhan, no run
20.1 Saqib to Suhan, no run
Saqib Ali LB is the new bowler from the North End
Malaysia need 56 off 50 for the semi-final place
End of over 20 (5 runs) Malaysia 97 for 4 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
19.6 Arshad Suhan, 1 run, dropped short and flat-batted to mid-off and a run on the misfield
19.5 Arshad to Eszrafiq, 1 run, swept to square leg Ahmed Raza
19.4 Arshad to Eszrafiq, no run, BIG APPEAL for lbw
19.3 Arshad to Suhan, 1 run, shortish ball pull-driven to long-on
19.2 Arshad to Suhan, 2 runs Eszrafiq hustles
19.1 Arshad Suhan, no run
Malaysia need 61 off 56 balls for the semi-final place
End of over 19 (10 runs) Malaysia 92 for 4 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
18.6 Khurram to Suhan, 1 run, faster and shorter and clipped round
18.5 Khurram to Suhan, FOUR, straight drive in between long-off and long-om
18.4 Khurram to Suhan, no run, slower and on leg, played back to the bowler
18.3 Khurram to Suhan, FOUR, shoert ball pulled round, one bounce and over the rope
18.2 Khurram to Suhan, no run
18.1 Khurram to Eszrafiq, 1 run
Nepal won by 9 wickets v Kuwait
Malaysia need 70 off 62 balls for the semi-final place
End of over 18 (2 runs) Malaysia 82 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
17.6 Arshad to Suhan, no run
17.5 Arshad to Suhan, no run
17.4 Arshad to Eszrafiq, 1 run, to square leg
Ezsrafiq Azis RHB is the new batsman
Malaysia 81 for 4 (17.3 overs)
Anwar Arudin c Abdul Rehman b Arshad Ali 0 (2 runs)
17.3 Arshad to Anwar, WICKET, caught behind, flashing
17.2 Arshad to Anwar, no run, driven off the front-foot to cover
Small injury break to a UAE fielder being attended to
Next door Nepal have beaten Kuwait quite easily. The Nepali Ambassador to Kuwait is in the audience
Ahmed Faiz's wicket against the run of play has opened up the match again. His partnership with Suhan Kumar for the third wicket was worth 67 off 78 balls
Anwar Arudin LHB to face
17.1 Arshad to Suhan, 1 run, driven to long-off
Arshad Ali LB from the South End
End of over 17 (1 runs) Malaysia 80 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
Ahmad Faiz b Khurram Khan 43 (51 balls, four 4s, one 6)
16.6 Khurram to Faiz, WICKET, played across the line
16.5 Khurram to Faiz, no run, attempted sweep, no connection
16.4 Khurram SLA to Faiz RHB, no run
16.3 Khurram to Suhan, 1 run, driven to long-on
16.2 Khurram to Suhan, no run
16.1 Khurram to Suhan, no run
Malaysia need 74 off 74 balls for the semi-final place
End of over 16 (8 runs) Malaysia 79 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
15.6 Fayyaz to Faiz, FOUR, lofted over mid-on, one bounce over the rope
15.5 Fayyaz to Suhan, 1 run, driven crsiply from middle to long-on
15.4 Fayyaz to Suhan, no run
15.3 Fayyaz to Faiz, 1 run, ditto
15.2 Fayyaz to Suhan, 1 run, driven from middle to long-on
15.1 Fayyaz SLA to Faiz, 1 run, to mid-off
End of over 15 (2 runs) Malaysia 71 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
14.6 Khurram to Suhan, no run
14.5 Khurram to Faiz, 1 run to backward square
14.4 Khurram to Faiz, no run
14.3 Khurram to Faiz, no run
13.4 Fayyaz to Suhan, 1 run, pitched up on off and driven sweetly to long-off
Fayyaz Ahmed SLA is the new bowler from the South End
Temporary communications loss - BACK ASAP
End of over 13 (2 runs) Malaysia 58 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
12.6 Khurram to Suhan, 1 run, worked round to square leg
12.5 Khurram to Suhan, no run
12.4 Khurram to Faiz, 1 run, down to fine leg
12.3 Khurram to Faiz, no run
12.2 Khurram to Faiz, no run
12.1 Khurram to Faiz, no run, BIG APPEAL, for something, anything by Abdul Rehman the keeper, both umpires unmoved
Malaysia need 97 off 98 balls for the semi-final place
End of over 12 (8 runs) Malaysia 56 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
11.6 Shadeep to Faiz, 1 run
11.5 Shadeep to Faiz, FOUR, uses his feet and hits wide of mid-on, three bounces into the ropes
11.4 Shadeep to Suhan, 1 run, driven off the front-foot to mid -on
11.3 Shadeep to Suhan, no run
11.2 Shadeep to Suhan, 2 runs, tickled round to Qassim at fine leg
11.1 Shadeep SLA to SUhan RHB, no run, played to mid-off
End of over 11 (5 runs) Malaysia 48 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
10.6 Khurram to Faiz, no run
10.5 Khurram to Suhan, 1 run, through Saqib's legs and hands at point
10.4 Khurram to Suhan, no run
Khurram going around the wicket now
10.3 Khurram to Suhan, 2 runs, leg-glance
10.2 Khurram to Suhan, 2 runs
10.1 Khurram to Suhan, no run
Khurram Khan SLA is the new bowler replacing Qassim at the North End
Malaysia need 6.00 an over for the win and semi-final place
End of over 10 (4 runs) Malaysia 43 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
9.6 Shadeep to Faiz, no run, forward defensive, no run
9.5 Shadeep to Faiz, no run
9.4 Shadeep to Suhan, 1 run, tapped round to fine leg
9.3 Shadeep to Suhan, no run
9.2 Shadeep to Suhan, no run, skid not spin but almost beats the batsman
9.1 Shadeep to Faiz, 3 runs, driven sweetly through cover
New bowler is Shadeep Silva SLA from the South End
Malaysia looking for that fast-scoring upset
End of over 9 (8 runs) Malaysia 39 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
UAE searching for that third win which will take them to the top of Group B, unbeaten throughout
8.6 Qassim to Suhan, no run
8.5 Qassim to Suhan, no run, fired in and finds Suhan's pads
8.4 Qassim to Suhan, FOUR, cut-punched well in front of square. A real hard-wicket shot
8.3 Qassim to Suhan, no run
8.2 Qassim to Suhan, no run
8.1 Qassim to Suhan, FOUR, square cut with power and placement
If UAE win big they could still finish top of the group but all signs point to a close finish
End of over 8 (13 runs) Malaysia 31 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
7.6 Shoaib to Faiz, no run, effort ball and played and missed outside off
7.5 Shoaib to Faiz, 2 runs, punched off the back foot through cover
7.4 Shoaib to Faiz, FOUR, Pulled from outside off, two bounces over the square-leg rope
7.3 Shoaib to Suhan, 1 run, fast and full and Suhan plays to mid-on
7.2 Shoaib to Suhan, 2 run, punched on the up through cover, Khurram fields
7.1 Shoaib to Suhan, FOUR, classy on-drive through mid-on, hit with power
End of over 7 (3 runs), Malaysia: 18 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
6.6 Qassim to Suhan, 1 run, climbing off a length, played off his hips to square leg
6.5 Qassim to Faiz, 1 run turned in front of square
6.4 Qassim to Faiz RHB, no run, length ball, played coming forward
6.3 Qassim to Suhan, 1 run, turned off his hips to fine leg Ahmed Raza
6.2 Qassim to Suhan, no run
6.1 Qassim to Suhan RHB, no run
Qassim Zubair RMF to resume after lunch from the KOC North End
End of over 6 Malaysia 15 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
MAIDEN
5.6 Shoaib to Faiz, no run, dug in and played chest high down the track, Faiz on his toes
5.5 Shoaib to Faiz, no run, defended down the track
Long run-up by the lanky fast bowler
5.4 Shoaib to Faiz, no run
5.3 Shoaib to Faiz, no run, on a length right down middle and Faiz defends with ease
5.2 Shoaib to Faiz, no run
5.1 Shoaib RMF to Faiz RHB, no run
His off-spin will be missed in the field but UAE have enough bowlers still. And Malaysia has enough batsmen. Suhan Kumar, their captain, to the fore. He walks out to resume his innings after lunch....
UAE's 152 was indebted to Salman Farooq (40 off 63) who battled a pulled hamstring to take his side from 70 for 7 to 152 all out after 41 overs.
The situation at the start of the day: UAE top on run-rate above Afghanistan, both with two wins. Malaysia third, with one win. After UAE's first innings against Malaysia where they made 152, Afghanistan are now top of Group B and cannot be touched. It's now a straight fight between UAE and Malaysia with the wrinkle that Malaysia not only have to win but have to knock off 153 inside 28.2 to finish with 2 wins (like UAE) but ahead of UAE on run-rate.
So, welcome back to what promises to be a gripping hour and a half of play.

Join us again at 1.40 PM Kuwait time (1040 hrs GMT) for the conclusion of this match.
Lots of action around us as everybody's eyes, even the Nepal and Kuwait players on their lunch break have been watching this game.
UAE have had two big breakthroughs but they are only defending 152. Malaysia have not only to get 153 but get them in another 140 balls (23.2 overs) after lunch if they are to pip UAE to that second semi-final place behind Afghanistan.

It's going to be incredibly intense
And the game is on a knife-edge
That's LUNCH
End of over 5 (2 runs), Malaysia 15 for 2 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
4.6 Qassim to Faiz, 1 run, good single taken by Malaysia's two fastest runners
4.5 Qassim to Faiz, no run, defended down the track
4.4 Qassim to Suhan, 1 run, glanced to fine-leg
4.3 Qassim to Suhan, no run
4.2 Qassim to Suhan, no run
Nepal's players on thir lunch-break are watching the game with great interest
Suhan Kumar RHB, Malaysia's captain, is the new batsman
Malaysia: 13 for 2 (4.1 overs), Faiz Ahmad 9*
Damith Warusavithana c Saqib Ali b Qassim Zubair 1 (9 balls)
4.1 Qassim to Damith RHB, WICKET, Damith doesn't get on top of a drive and Saqib Ali pouches at mid-off
End of over 4 (6 runs) Malaysia 13 for 1 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
3.6 Shoaib to Faiz, no run, flicked round to fine leg in he circle Ahmed Raza who's on in place of Salman Farooq
3.5 Shoaib RMF to Faiz, no run, flashes at a lifter outside off
3.4 Shoaib RMF to Faiz RHB, FOUR, glanced off his chest to vacant fine leg
3.3 Shoaib RMF to Faiz, 2 runs, miscued pull off one that climbed into him, falls safe at fine leg
3.2 Shoaib RMF to Faiz, no run
3.1 Shoaib RMF to Faiz, no run
End of over 3 (3 runs), Malaysia 7 for 1 (Target 153, 50 overs for the win, in 28.2 overs for the win and semi-final place)
2.6 Qassim to Faiz, 1 run
2.5 Qassim to Faiz, mishits over point, Ahmed Raza 12th man, 2 runs
2.4 Qassim to Faiz, no run, confidently forward
2.3 Qassim to Faiz, no run, beaten by the pace
2.2 Qassim to Damith, 1 run, top-edged cut, over slips
2.1 Qassim to Damith, no run, fast and at the stumps, Damith defends
End of over 2 (2 runs): Malaysia 3 for 1
1.6 Shoaib to Ahmad Faiz (RHB), no run, thuds into the pads
Flashing outside off and he has to go
We just lost communications and Malaysia have lost Rakesh Madhavan c Arshad Ali b Shoiab Sarwar 0 (5 balls)
1.3 Shoaib to Rakesh, no run
1.2 Shoaib to Rakesh, no run, Damith's keen for a single, sent back raucously by Rakesh
1.1 Shoaib to Rakesh, no run, flash and a miss outside off
1.1 Shoaib to Rakesh WIDE
Shoib Sarwar RMF to Rakesh Madhavan LHB from the South End
End of over 1 (1 run) Malaysia 1 for 0
0.6 Qassim to Damith, no run, outside off
0.5 Qassim to Damith, no run, bat on ball
0.4 Qassim to Damith, no run
0.4 Qassim to Damith, WIDE, too far outside off
0.3 Qassim to Damith, no run, ditto
0.2 Qassim to Damith, no run, outside off
0.1 Qassim to Damith, no run, outside off
Qassimn Zubair RMF to Damith Warusavithana RHB
Malaysia's innings is about to start
So the win is 153 in 50 overs at 3.06, the win and the semi-final place is 153 in 28.2 overs at 5.40
All confirmed by the Match Referee Arjuna Amaratunga, the Technical Director RIaz Chaudhry in the Secretariat and Malaysia's Manager Charlie Chelliah.
From 70 for 7, UAE recovered to 116 for 8 and then Salman Farooq found another partner in Shoaib Sarwar. 152 is undoubtedly below par but in a pressurer situation, in a match which Malaysia must win, and score the runs in 28.2 overs if they are to pip UAE to the last semi-final spot. Afghanistan are currently on top of Group B following UAE's batting in this match.
There's been some uneven bounce so far which UAE's bowlers will be looking to exploit
The roller's going on for Malaysia, they're going to try and flatten the gremlins in the wicket
UAE: 152 all out off 42 overs
Partnership of 35 off 60 balls for the 10th wicket
Salman Farooq c Hassan Ghulam Shahrulnizam Yusof 40 (63, 5 fours)
40.6 Yusof to Salman, WICKET, caught off a full-toss swung round to square leg
40.5 Yusof to Salman, no run
40.4 Yusof to Salman, no run, well forward, smothering any chance of spin
40.3 Yusof to Salman, 2 runs, driven to long-off
40.2 Yusof to Salman, 2 runs, glanced down to fine leg
40.1 Yusof SLA to Salman RHB, no run, slower and gets some bite off the wicket
Partnership of 31 off 56 balls
End of over 39 UAE 138 for 9
Salman 36*, Shoaib 13*
Communications loss - BACK ASAP
"FIve dropped catches will cost them", notes Karan Ghai from America
UAE 143 for 9 after 39 overs
MAIDEN
38.6 Yusof to Shoiab, no run, off the pad to slip
38.5 Yusof to Shoaib, no run, solid defense gets applause from his team-mates in the tent
38.4 Yusof to Shoaib, no run
38.3 Yusof to Shoiab, no run, tossed up and defendd coming forward on off-stump
38.2 Yusof to Shoiab, no run
38.1 Yusof SLA to Shoaib RHB, no run
UAE inching up to what could be safety on a wicket thst hasn't been easy for batting up to now
End of over 38 (3 runs), UAE 143 for 9
37.6 Nik to Salman, no run
37.5 Nik to Salman, no run, faster through the air
37.4 Nik to Shoaib, 1 run, one bounce to Damith at long-on
37.3 Nik to Shoaib, no run, Driven hard, Suresh fields well at mid-wicket
37.2 Nik to Shoaib, 2 runs
37.1 Nik to Shoaib, no run
Partnrship of 23 runs off 38 balls for the 10th UAE wicket so far
End of over 37 (5 runs), UAE 140 for 9
36.6 Yusof to Shoaib, 1 run, driven to long-on
36.5 Yusof to Shoaib, 2 runs, hit over the top to mid-off, good arm by Faiz
36.4 Yusof to Shoaib, no run, beaten outside off by a YYusof special
36.3 Yusof to Shoaib, no run
36.2 Yusof to Salman, 1 run
36.1 Yusof SLA to Shoaib RHB, 1 run
End of over 36 (6 runs), UAE 135 for 9
35.6 Nik to Shoaib, 1 run
35.5 Nik to Shoaib, no run
35.4 Nik to Salman, no run, half-chance to Anwar at backward-square
35.3 Nik to Salman, 1 run
35.2 Nik to Salman, no run
35.1 Nik to Salman, FOUR, short and given the treatment through sqaure leg
Nik Arifin comes bck, this time from the South ENd
End of over 35 (4 runs), UAE 129 for 9
34.6 Yusof to Shoaib, FOUR, in the slot and the batsman drives off the front-foot to long-off
34.5 Yusof to Shoaib, no run, plenty of air, driven back
34.4 Yusof to Shoaib, no run
34.3 Yusof to Shoaib, no run
34.2 Yusof to Shoaib, no run
Bit of a break at this match as Shahrulnizam's hand was injured in attempting the catch
He's OK now
Kuwait were 120 all out in 42 overs against Nepal, and Nepal are just about to start their innings
34.1 Yusof to Shoaib, DROPPED, caught and bowled chance
End of over (1 run), UAE 125 for 9
Hassan Ghulam 10-0-35-3
Salman 25*, Shoaib 1*
33.6 Hassan to Salman, no run, big appeal for lbw, Umpire NAresh D'Souza shakes his head
33.5 Hassan to Shoaib, 1 run, quick single to mid-on
33.4 Hassan to Shoaib, no run, big appeal for lbw
33.3 Hassan to Shoaib, no run, DROPPED, bat dropped also, by the batsman as he attempts a big heave, and Hassan running five yards back drops the catch
33.2 Hassan to Shoaib, no run, mis-hit pull, keeper Shafiq fields
The batsman's getting treatment from physio Sudhaker
33.1. Hassan Ghulam RMF to Shoaib Sorwar RHB, no run, pinged on the glove
UAE 124 for 9 after 33 overs
Communications loss - BACK ASAP
32.2 Yusof to Salman, FOUR, driven through cover, top shot
32.1 Yusof to Salman, no run
Shahrulnizam Yusof SLA is the new bowler at the North End
News from next door at KOC Hubara is that Kuwait have been bowled out for 119 by Nepal
DRINKS
End of over (3 runs), UAE 120 for 9
31.6 Hassan to Shoib, no run, fast and short outside off
31.6 Hassan to Shoib , WIDE
31.5 Hassan to Shoib RHB, no run, attempted yorker
31.4 Hassan to Salman, 1 run, tapped down to third man
31.3 Hassan to Salman, no run
31.3 Hassan to Salman, WIDE, bouncer
31.2 Hassan to Salman, no run
31.1 Hassan to Salman, no run
New batsman is Shoib Sarwar
Hassan Ghulam RMF replaces Anwar Arudin at the South End
UAE 116 for 9 (31 overs)
Salman Farooq 20*
Qasim Zubair c Suresh Navaratnam b Nik Arifin 0 (3 balls)
30.5 Nik to Qasim, WICKET, Qasim plays in front of him and pushes straight to Suresh at cover
30.5 Nik to Qasim, WIDE, faster and shorter
30.4 Nik OB to Qasim RHB, no run
Attacking field, only square leg on the boundary
Qasim Zubair RHB is the new batsman
Salman 20*, Partnership of 46 for the 8th wicket (77 balls)
UAE 116 for 8 (30.3 overs)
Shadep Silva b Nik Arifin 20 (45 balls, 1 four)
30.3 Nik to Shadeep, WICKET, bowled, leg-stump, attempting a paddle
30.2 Nik to Shadeep, no run
30.1 Nik to Salman, 1 leg bye
Partnership of 45* so far
End of over 30 (8 runs), UAE 115 for 7
29.6 Anwar to Shadep , FOUR, punched through cover
29.5 Anwar to Shadeep, 2 runs, leg-stump and overpitched slightly, Shadeep brings the bat down just in time and finds leg
29.4 Anwar to Salman, 1 run, flicked down to fine leg Shahrulnizam
29.4 Anwar to Salman, WIDE, down leg
29.3 Anwar to Salman, no run, right in the blockhole and the right-hander defends, bat and pad together
29.2 Anwar to Salman, no run, defended
29.1 Anwar to Salman, no run, on off and rising, played down
The fast bowlers have been the ones doing the damage for Malaysia, the spinners have literally allowed things to drift
New bowler replacing Eszrafiq 5-018-0 is Anwar Arudin RMF at the South End
Partnership of 37 from 68 balls for the 8th wicket so far
End of over 29 (8 runs), UAE 107 for 7
28.6 Nik to Shadeep, FOUR, all run, Malaysia a bit lackaday in the field and even the lumbering Shadeep can run 4
28.5 Nik to Shadeep, no run, well-forwad, solid defense
28.4 Nik to Shadeep, no run, defended
28.3 Nik OB to Shadeep SLA, no run, play and miss
28.2 Nik to Shadeep, no run
28.1 Nik to Shadeep, no run
28.1 Nik to Shadeep, WIDE
28.1 Nik to Shadeep, 3 WIDES
UAE 102 off 28.1 overs
28.1 Nik to Shadeep, 3 runs
End of over 28 (4 runs) UAE 99 for 7
27.6 Eszrafiq to Salman, FOUR, dropped short and wide, cut hard and Anwar Arudin at point can't stop it
27.5 Eszrafiq to Salman, no run, flicked to leg
27.4 Eszrafiq OB to Salman RHB, no run, attermped cut, missed
27.3 Eszrafiq to Salman, no run
27.2 Eszrafiq to Salman, no run
27.1 Eszrafiq to Salman, no run
End of over 27 (4 runs) UAE 95 for 7
26.6 Nik to Shadeep, 2 runs, cut down to third man, Shahrulnizam who must get a bowl soon
26.5 Nik to Shadeep, no run, defended
26.4 Nik to Shadeep, no run, forward defensive. Nik Arifin finding his range now
26.3 Nik to Shadeep, no run
26.2 Nik to Shadeep, no run, appeal for lbw
26.1 Nik OB to Shadeep SLA, 2 runs, tucked behind square
End of over 26 (1 run) UAE 91 for 7
Salman 15*, Shadeep 6*
25.6 Eszrafiq OB to Salman RHB, no run, tossed-up, taken on the pads
25.5 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, 1 run, short-ball cut to backward point
25.4 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run, tossed right-up, defended
25.3 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run, played off the outer haf of the bat, slip collects
25.2 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run
25.1 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run
Malaysia's fast-bowlers did all the damage earlier, bit of a recovery by UAE since, 20-run partnership for the 8th wicket so far
UAE scoring at 3.6 an over
End of over 25 (4 runs), UAE 90 for 7
24.6 Nik to Salman, FOUR, hit over the off-side
24.5 Nik to Salman, no run, defended off the front-foot, bat and pad solidly together
24.4 Nik to Salman, no run
24.3 Nik to Salman, no run, faster and the batsman's beaten outside off
24.2 Nik to Salman, no run
24.1 Nik to Salman, no run, driven, falls just in front of Anwar at mid-on
End of over 24 (2 runs), UAE 86 for 7
23.6 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run, floated up and slower, Shadeep defends
23.5 Eszrafiq OB to Shadeep LHB, 2 runs, timed nicely off his legs through leg
23.4 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run, defended, coming forward not totally convincingly
23.3 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run, played behind square on the off-side
23.2 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run
23.1 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run
UAE 84 for 7 after 23 overs
Salman 11*, Shadeep 3*
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News from the KEC Ground is that it is now fit for play and the Hong Kong v Oman match will start at 11:30 KST
39 overs each inning.
End of over 22 UAE: 82 for 7
21.6 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, 1 run, glanced down to third man
21.5 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run, full-toss driven stright to mid-off
21.4 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run, driven to mid-on
21.4 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, WIDE, climbs and turns
21.3 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run
21.2 Eszrafiq to Salman, 1 run to mid-on
21.1 Eszrafiq SLA to Salman RHB, no run
News from next door at Hubara: Kuwait 76 for 7 after 27 overs v Kuwait
End of over 21 (1 run) UAE 78 for 7
20.6 Nik to Shadeep, no run
20.5 Nik to Shadeep, no run, squirts off the edge on the off-side, safe
20.4 Nik to Shadeep, no run
20.3 Nik to Shadeep, no run
20.2 Nik to Salman, 1 run
20.1 Nik to Salman, no run
New bowler is Nik Arifin OB
Scoring at 3.85 an over, UAE'll be happy to get 130.
End of over 20 runs (7 overs), UAE 77 for 7
19.6 Eszrafiq to Shadeep, no run
19.5 Eszrafiq to Salman, 1 run
19.4 Eszrafiq SLA to Shadeep LHB, 1 run, full-toss played square to backward point on the boundary Ahmad Faiz
19.3 Eszrafiq to Salman, 1 run, miscued drive falls between three on the off-side
19.2 Eszrafiq to Salman, no run
19.1 Eszrafiq to Salman RHB, FOUR, leans back and puinches the short ball through cover
Eszrafiq SLA replaces Damith at the South End
UAE: 70 for 7 after 19 overs
Suresh Navaratnam 10-2-29-4
WICKET MAIDEN
18.6 Suresh to Shadeep, no run, edged behind along the ground
18.5 Suresh to Shadeep, no run, looking for a single to point
18.4 Suresh to Shadeep, no run
18.3 Suresh to Shadeep, no run, played back to the bowler
Shadeep Silva LHB is the new batsman
Suresh's fourth wicket, has four balls left for a five-for
Fow: 70 for 7 (18.2 overs)
Naeemuddin Aslam c Shafiq Sharif b Suresh Navaratnam 7 (17 balls)
18.2 Suresh to Naeem, WICKET, caught behind off a lifter
18.1 Suresh to Naeem, no run
Suresh to complete his excellent spell
End of over 18 (9 runs), UAE 70 for 6 after 18 overs
17.6 Damith to Salman, 3 runs
17.5 Damith to Salman, no run
17.4 Damith to Salman, no run
CORRECTION: 17.3 Is a WIDE
FOR THE SECOND TIME in a row
17.3 Damith to Salman, no run
17.3 Damith to Naeem, 3 Wides
17.2 Damith to Salman, 1 bye
17.1 Damith to Naeem, 1 run
Damith Warusavithana RMF comes on in place of Hassan Ghulam Hassan (8-0-31-3) at the South End
End of over 17: UAE 61 for 6
Naeem 3*, Salman 2*
16.6 Suresh to Salman, no run
16.5 Suresh to Naeem, 1 run
16.4 Suresh to Naeem, no run
16.3 Suresh to Naeem, no run
16.2 Suresh to Salman, 1 run
16.1 Suresh to Salman, no run, defended, big appeal for lbw, not out
Suresh RMF continues from the North End, to Salman RHB
End of over 16 (2 runs) UAE: 59 for 6
Naeem 28< Salman 1*
Suresh 8-1-27-3
Hassan 8-0-31-3
15.6 Hassan to Naeem, no run, climbs off a length and played down to gully
15.5 Hassan to Naeem, no run, slower ball, defended to cover
15.4 Hassan to Naeem, no run, forward defensive
15.3 Hassan to Salman Farooq RHB, 1 run, leg-stump full-pitched delivery driven to mid-on
15.2 Hassan to Naeem, 1 run, driven to mid-on
15.1 Hassan RMF to Naeem RHB, no run
If all teams finish on the same points (2 wins each) its going to be decided on Net Run-Rate
Malaysia well on top here. Semi-final place getting closer

Afghanistan are sweating on the run-rate scenario now
Fayyaz Ahmed c Shafiq Sharif b Suresh Navaratnam 6 (6 balls, 1 four)
End of over 15 (6 runs) UAE 57 for 6
14.6 Suresh to Fayyaz, WICKET, caught behind, flashing, low down
14.5 Suresh to Fayyaz, no run
14.4 Suresh to Fayyaz, FOUR, good shot through cover
14.3 Suresh to Fayyaz, no run
14.2 Suresh to Fayyaz, no run, HUGE APPEAL for a catch at gully low down, not given though Malaysia were convinced
14.1 Suresh to Fayyaz, 2 runs
New batsman is Fayyaz Ahmed LHB
Abdul Rehman c Eszrafiq Azis b Hassan Ghulam 6 (14 balls, 1 four)
UAE: 51 for 5 (14 overs)
13.6 Hassan to Abdul, WICKET, wild heave by Abdul to win that hurried on to him and the high-edge is caught at fly slip Eszrafiq
13.5 Hassan to Abdul, no run
13.4 Hassan to Naeem, 1 run, quick single taken to leg
13.3 Hassan to Naeem, no run, defended
New batsman is Naeemuddin Aslam RHB
UAE 50 for 4 (13.2 overs)
Saqib Ali b Hassan Ghulam 2 (8 balls)
Huge wicket
13.2 Hassan to Saqib, WICKET, bowls him middle stump, through bat and pad
When Hassan gets it right he gets it very right
13.1 Hassan RHB to Saqib RMF, no run, playing and missing a lifter outside off
Next door at Hubara, Kuwait are 52 for 6 after 18 overs v Nepal
End of over 13 (6 runs): UAE 50 for 3
12.6 Suresh to Abdul, FOUR, punched through cover off the back foot
12.5 Suresh to Saqib, 1 run, DROPPED, straight through Eszrafiq's big hands at slip
12.4 Suresh to Saqib, no run
12.3 Suresh to Saqib, no run, climbs steeply off a length outside off, Saqib drops his hands
12.2 Suresh to Saqib, no run
12.1 Suresh RMF to Saqib RHB, no run
Suresh to bowl his 7th over on the trot
End of over 12 (1 run)): UAE 44 for 3
11.6 Hassan to Abdul, no run
11.5 Hassan to Abdul, no run, right up to the bat and Abdul can't find the gap
11.4 Hassan to Abdul, no run
11.3 Hassan to Saqib, 1 run, off the mark with a dab down to third man
Saqib ALi RHB is the new batsman with lots to do

Lots
Huge wicket for Malaysia
FoW: UAE 43 for 3 (11.2 overs)
Khurram Khan c Shafiq Sharif b Hassan Ghulam 0 (4 balls)
11.2 Hassan to Khurram, WICKET, Ball lifts off a length, Khurram gets the edge throat high and Shafiq Sharif is ecstatic behind the stumps
11.1 Hassam RMF to Khurram LHB, no run, defended on off
Has had two big breakthroughs
Suresh has a bone spur on his left heel and one can see him walk a little gingerly back to his mark every ball, nevertheless he comes running in hard every time
End of over 11: UAE 43 for 2
MAIDEN
10.6 Suresh to Abdul, no run, good ball to end the over, Abdul plays at and misses a lifter outside off
10.5 Suresh to Abdul, no run, defended
10.4 Suresh to Abdul, no run, defended outside off
10.3 Suresh to Khurram, 1 Bye
10.2 Suresh to Khurram, no run
New batsman is UAE's captain Khurram Khan LHB
FoW: UAE 43 for 2 (10.1 overs)
Arshad 21 (31 balls, 1 four)
10.1 Suresh RMF to Arshad, WICKET, soft dismissal! Arshad turns an over-pitched delivery straight to Eszrafiq's buckets at square leg
End of over 10 (3 runs) UAE 43 for 1
Arshad 21*, Abdul 2*
Suresh 5-0-16-1, Hassan 5-0-27-0
9.6 Hassan to Arshad, 1 run, tucked to square leg
9.5 Hassan to Arshad, no run, defended
9.4 Hassan to Arshad, no run, on off and defended off the back foot
9.3 Hassan to Abdul, no run, Abdul late on the stroke and the climbing ball finds the inside edge and a quick single taken
9.3 Hassan RMF to Abdul RHB, WIDE, flicks something on the way through to the keeper down leg
Hassan working up a good head of steam
9.2 Hassan to Abdul, no run, left outside off
9.1 Hassan to Abdul, no run, beaten outside off
Score next door from the match which started 30 mins earlier than this: Kuwait for 36 for 5 after 14 overs v Nepal
End of over 9 (2 runs) UAE 40 for 1
8.6 Suresh to Arshad, no run
8.5 Suresh to Abdul, 1 run, short and pulled down to fine leg Hassan
8.4 Suresh to Abdul, no run
New batsman is Abdul Rehman RHB
Fow: UAE 39 for 1 (8.3 overs)
Indika Sampath lbw Suresh Nvaratnam 16 (25 balls, 1 four)
8.3 Suresh to Indika, WICKET, lbw to a fullish delivery
Good battle between the two veterans
8.2 Suresh to Arshad: 1 run
8.1 Suresh to Arshad: no run, DROPPED, loops up to Suhan Kumar at mid-off and no one can believe he dropped it. Looked like he didn't sight it at all
End of over 8 (8 runs) UAE 38 for 0
Indika 16*, Arshad 19*
7.6 Hassan to Indika, FOUR, slower ball driven in the air through mid-on
Now comes in again for the last ball of the over
Hassan's lost his run-up a couple of times
7.5 Hassan to Arshad, 1 run, flicked down to fine leg Suresh
7.4 Hassan to Arshad, 2 runs, mis-hit drive over cover, falls safe
7.3 Hassan to Arshad, no run, effort ball, climbs outside off, left alone
7.2 Hassan to Arshad, no run
7.1 Hassan to Indika, 1 run, yorker-length ball on middle, dug out and a single quickly taken to mid-on
End of over 7 (2 runs) UAE 30 for 0
6.6 Suresh to Arshad, no run, firm push to mid-off
6.5 Suresh to Arshad, no run, taken on the pad, coming forward, appeal, not out says Umpire Farid Dalwai
6.4 Suresh to Arshad, 2 runs, turned off his legs down to wide fine leg
6.3 Suresh to Arshad, no run, pushed to mid-off
6.2 Suresh to Arshad, no run
6.1 Suresh to Arshad, no run, ball hitting the bat hard
End of over 6 (7 runs), UAE 28 for 0
Indika 11*, Arshad 14*
Suresh 3-0-12-0, Hassan 3-0-16-0
5.6 Hassan to Indika, no run
5.5 Hassan to Arshad, 1 run, cut down and bounces over gully
Fighter jets fly above us, loud and proud
5.4 Hassan to Arshad, no run
5.3 Hassan to Arshad, no run, Faiz fields well at point
5.2 Hassan to Arshad, 2 runs, played through cover for ambled runs
5.1 Hassan to Arshad, FOUR, glanced off his legs, Yusof can't catch it running back
Malaysia will be doing their best to keep the UAE score below 200
End of over 5 (3 runs) UAE 21 for 0
4.6 Suresh to Arshad, 1 run, quick single into the leg side
4.5 Suresh to Arshad, no run, length ball on off, played back down the pitch
4.4 Suresh to Arshad, no run
4.3 Suresh to Indika, 1 run, turned round the corner, Nik Azril fields at sqaure leg
4.2 Suresh to Indika, no run, defended
4.1 Suresh to Arshad, 1 run, false stroke, in the air for a while, drops in front of Anwar at cover
End of over 4 (6 runs) UAE 18 for 0
Indika 10*, Arshad 5*
3.6 Hassan to Indika, 2 runs, lofts one over mid-on
3.5 Hassan to Arshad, 1 run, half-volley flicked off his legs, Suresh at fine leg fields
3.4 Hassan to Arshad, no run, pitched-up and mistimed drive
3.3 Hassan to Indika, 1 run, off his hip to square leg
3.2 Hassan to Arshad, 1 run, tucked off his legs to mid-on Shahrulnizam
3.1 Hassan to Indika, 1 riun, turned off his legs to square leg
End of over 3 (6 runs) UAE 12 for 0
2.6 Suresh to Indika, 1 run, driven to mid-on
2.5 Suresh to Indika, no run
2.4 Suresh to Indika: no run, same ball, played with a bit more of the bat to gully
2.3 Suresh to Indika: no run, climbs off a length and spliced down to gully
2.2 Suresh to Arshad: 2 runs, pushed to long-on
2.1 Suresh to Indika: 3 runs, driven to long-off
End of over 2 (3 runs) UAE 6 for 0
1.6 Hassan to Arshad, no run, pitched up, pushed to cover, single sought, not taken
1.5 Hassan to Arshad, no run, big appeal for lbw, Umpire Naresh declines
1.4 Hassan to Indika, 1 run, thickish edge, between slip and gully to third man, Damith fields
1.4 Hassan to Indika, WIDE, outside off
1.3 Hassan to Indika, no run, right up to the bat and Indika defends off middle
Slip and gully in place for Hassan, as with Suresh in the previous over
1.2 Hassan to Indika, no run, pitched up and played down to gully
1.1 Hassan to Indika, no run
Hassan Ghulam (RMF) to bowl to Indika Sampath (RHB) from the South End
End of over 1(3 runs): UAE 3 for 0
0.6 Suresh to Arshad: no run, BOUNCER, climbs sharply, out of Arshad's reach
0.5 Suresh to Indika: 1 run, flicked off his legs to fine leg Hassan
0.5 Suresh to Indika: no run, WIDE, down leg-side, faster from Suresh
0.4 Suresh to Indika: no run, off-stump line maintained
0.4 Suresh to Indika: WIDE, Suresh not at full pace so far
0.3 Suresh to Indika: no run, ditto
0.2 Suresh to Indika: no run, bat on off-stump ball, played to point Ahmad Faiz no run
0.1 Suresh to Indika: no run, length ball, left outside off
Suresh Navaratnam, heart of a lion and RFM to bowl, Achilles strapped up
Malaysia takes the field, UAE openers Arshad Ali and Indika Sampath behind them
Just a quick update while we have time, from the match next door: Kuwait are 18 for 1 after 6 overs against Nepal
UAE - Khurram Khan (captain), Arshad Ali, Saqib Ali, Naeemudin Islam, Shadeep Silva, Abdul Rehman (wk), Indika Sampath, Fayyaz Ahmed, Salman Farooq, Qasim Zubair, Shoib Sarwar; 12th man Ahmed Raza
Eszrafiq comes in for Shukri, hard call for young spinner Shukri but Eszrafiq offers just a bit more batting
Teams: Malaysia - Suhan Kumar (Captain), Ahmad Faiz, Rakesh Madhavan, Damith Warusavithana, Suresh Navaratnam, Anwar Aruddin, Eszrafiq Azis, Nik Arifin, Shafiq Sharif, Hassan Ghulam, Shahrulnizam Yusof 12th man: Faris Almas
250-270 is what he'll be looking for and given the fact that the wicket at Unity gets easier in the afternoon and Malaysia's top-order looks very good, that's probably what UAE will need.
Must have thought about the other option, but chose to be be positive and keep the initiative and set a stiff target.
UAE's Khurram Khan has called correctly and UAE will bat first
KOC Unity: The captains walk out for the toss
KOC Unity: We hear from the umpires Farid Dalwai and Naresh D'Souza that the match will start at 9.30 AM and will be a full 50-over game.
Next door at KOC Hubara, Kuwait are 3 for 0 after 2 overs against Nepal
KOC Unity: Grass cuttings still being rolled into the bowler's landing area at the North End of the ground
KOC Unity The Match Referee and Umpires walk out to make an inspection....
There have been all kinds of calculations by the Malaysian team overnight as they sought to know the exact scenario for a run-chase or a defense of a total they put up. As you can see from the points table, it's very close between Malaysia and Afghanistan. We'll keep you updated as things progress of course, but in the words of Roy Dias who's coaching Nepal next door, "First get the win, then think of the run-rate." Without a win for Malaysia, run-rate calculations are academic.
Malaysia have to win in order to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. A win for UAE will confirm them at the top of Group B.
Not a cloud in the sky at the moment and the temperature's starting to rise. 24 degrees Centigrade, the faint smell of damp grass drying in the air. There's a constant westerly breeze too which is helping things along.
Next door, literally, at the Hubara ground, Kuwait v Nepal at KOC Hubara, the match will start on time. Nepal won the toss and have elected to field first.
Good morning from sunny Kuwait, where the news is, that after early morning rain and heavy rain yesterday afternoon, the KOC Unity ground is still in the hands of the groundsmen as they dry some damp patches at the North End.

The match start has been delayed, possibly to 9.30 AM according to estimates from the boundary. The Match Referee Arjuna Amaratunga still has to confirm an exact time and whether the scheduled 50 overs will be reduced.