ACC Twenty20 Cup 2009 DAY 6 - SF2: MOIZ SWINGS IT UAE'S WAY

Moiz Shahid receives the Man of the Match award for his 5-20 v Oman in the semi-final from ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura

Amid the date trees of Al Dhaid, the UAE's latest international ground, this ACC semi-final between Oman and UAE promised much. Both have played some dynamic, incisive cricket this week. However, today, "We just didn't play our best game, nothing went right for us with the bat," said Oman's captain Hemal Mehta.

Oman's opener Hemin Desai, after two fours in his first three deliveries, played on, the wicket playing a little slower than on other days. Ghazanfar Iqbal, promoted up the order, never looked comfortable against the pace and bounce of Qasim Zubair, and holed out to have Oman at 15 for 2 at the end of the 3rd over.

Batting wasn't easy against the left-arm inswing of Moiz Shahid either. "One more wicket," was the regular cry of UAE's captain Khurram Khan and Zubair duly obliged, having Maqsood Hussain caught in the deep by Moiz.

Oman were further set-back by a pearler from Moiz which cleaned up Zeeshan Siddiqui. Oman's left-handed captain Hemal Mehta survived a huge-appeal for a caught behind only to snick one to slip next ball. And Sultan Ahmed, usually a great batsman in a tight situation, was done through the gate, first ball and Moiz Shahid was on a hat-trick, Oman were 23-6 and UAE were on a high.

We were still in the 5th over, with another over from Moiz remaining, the ball still swinging and Oman's batsmen with no clue how to play the left-armer.

Moiz foxed Adnan Ilyas with a Wasim Akram-like late swinging yorker with the third ball. He finished with 5-20 and barring a phenomenal Omani performance, Man of the Match in the bag. He had been smart enough to put the ball in the right place and let it do the work. It was a brilliant spell.

There was still a long way to go in the match however. 32-7, Oman still had 13 overs to put up some kind of competitive score.

It was another seven overs before Oman found the boundary, losing a wicket either side of doing so and their last wicket fell at the end of the 15th over. They had made 50.

The door to an Omani phenomenon became possible with Hemin Desai's dismissal of Muhammad Iqbal first ball of the UAE innings with an away-swinger.

Arfan Hyder played positively and two balls after beng dropped at mid-off, swung Awal Khan over midwicket for his second 6. Awal Khan beat him with a perfectly-pitched slow delivery soon after and at 25-2, Oman had another sniff.

Amjad Javed holed out to the midwicket boundary with the score on 36. Khurram Khan was run-out five runs later and UAE were making things a little difficult for themselves.

Naeemuddin Aslam and Fayyaz Ahmed brought UAE home.

ACC Twenty20 Cup 2009
Semi-Final 2: Oman v UAE at Al Dhaid
Oman won the toss and chose to bat
Oman: 50 off 15 overs (M.Shahid 5-20, Q.Zubair 2-14, A.Hyder 2-0)
UAE:51 for 4 off 7.1 overs (A.Khan 2-32)
Man of the Match: Moiz Shahid (UAE)


ACC Twenty20 Cup 2009

Filed Nov 29th, 2009