Thailand, who nearly went on to beat Oman yesterday, were completely outclassed by a fresh UAE side. The UAE batsmen barely broke a sweat as they chased down a target of 80 beating Thailand by ten wickets.

Considering Thailand were still recovering from their previous game, it came as a surprise when they were allowed to bat by the UAE who won the toss. The previous night’s rain had little effect on the pitch. The pace and bounce of the UAE bowlers never allowed the Thai’s a chance settle into any rhythm whatsoever and only eight runs were scored in the first ten overs with two wickets down.

Wanchana Uisuk (9) took nine overs to score his nine runs and as he tried accelerating the dwindling run rate, was clean bowled by paceman Rohan Mustafa (5-20). The first ten overs saw Irfan Ahmed (2-15) pick up his scalps and the following ten belonged to Mustafa who bowled 9.3 overs and he only gave away 20 runs.

Nishadh Rego (27) came into the fray in the 16th over and stuck on until he was dismissed in the 28th. Although Rego scored only 13 runs off 40 balls (2 four’s and a six lead to 27), it appeared, he alone withstood the UAE attack to make a difference in Thailand’s total. Others who hung on a little longer were Christopher Bell (3 off 25) and Rapheepong Ghai (11 off 25).

But the damage was well and truly done, and once Rego exited Thailand only managed and additional 13 runs over the next seven overs before being bowled out for 79.

Relishing the opportunity to bat under no absolute pressure, Arjun Lamba (51*) and Aashish Dhingra (21*) both enjoyed themselves in the middle hitting ten boundaries; seven of which were Lamba’s. The pair went on to close the game comfortably in the tenth over with a win of ten wickets.

More importantly, the result will boost confidence levels of the UAE as they prepare to take on Nepal at the Kinrara Oval tomorrow.

For causing the most damage to Thailand’s batting order, Rohan Mustafa was chosen as the Man of the Match for his five wickets.

Thailand v UAE at Selangor Turf Club
UAE won the toss and chose to field
Thailand: 79 all out after 34.3 overs (R. Mustafa 5-20)
UAE: 81 for no loss after 10.5 overs (A. Lamba 51*)
Man of the Match : Rohan Mustafa (UAE)


Filed August 21 2007