Match Information:

  • Match: UAE vs AFG, 2nd T20I
  • Series: Afghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates 2023-24
  • Date: Sunday, December 31, 2023
  • Toss: United Arab Emirates won the toss and opted to bat
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Officials:

  • Umpires: Akbar Ali, Shiju Sam
  • Third Umpire: Aasif Iqbal
  • Match Referee: Andy Pycroft

United Arab Emirates Squad:

  • Playing: Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryan Lakra, Vriitya Aravind, Basil Hameed, Tanish Suri (wk), Dhruv Parashar, Ali Naseer, Aayan Afzal Khan, Akif Raja, Muhammad Jawadullah, Junaid Siddique

Afghanistan Squad:

  • Playing: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Darwish Rasooli, Qais Ahmad, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi
CategoryDetails
MatchUAE vs Afghanistan, 2nd T20I
Date and Venue31 Dec 2023, Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossUAE won the toss and elected to bat
UAE Innings166/7 (20 ov)
Afghanistan Innings155/10 (19.5 ov)
Key BowlersAli Naseer and Muhammad Jawadullah (UAE) – 4 wickets each
ResultUAE won by 11 runs
Player of the MatchAli Naseer

Match Summary:

  • UAE Innings: UAE scored 166/7 in 20 overs. Aryan Lakra and Muhammad Waseem led the batting charge, scoring 67 and 57 runs respectively. Their partnership of 72 runs was a key factor in setting a challenging total. Notably, 21 runs were scored in the 6th over bowled by Noor Ahmad.
  • Afghanistan Innings: Afghanistan managed 155/10 in 19.5 overs. Mohammad Nabi and Hazratullah Zazai were the main contributors, scoring 47 and 37 runs respectively. However, the lack of significant partnerships hindered their chase.
  • Key Bowlers: UAE’s bowling was spearheaded by Ali Naseer and Muhammad Jawadullah, each taking 4 wickets.
  • Result: UAE won the match by 11 runs, levelling the series 1-1​

UAE Batting Highlights:

  • UAE scored a total of 166 runs.
  • Muhammad Waseem provided a strong start in the powerplay, scoring 44 runs at a strike rate of 191.
  • The innings was anchored by Aryan Lakra, who scored 67 runs, and Muhammad Waseem with 57 runs, forming a crucial 72-run partnership.
  • Notable contributions in the death overs were made by Aryan Lakra and Raja Akifullah Khan, who added 54 runs.

Afghanistan Batting Highlights:

  • Afghanistan’s innings totaled 155 runs.
  • Hazratullah Zazai scored 21 runs at a strike rate of 140, while Mohammad Nabi led the chase with 47 runs.
  • There was a lack of significant partnerships, with Mohammad Nabi and Qais Ahmad Kamawal adding 53 runs towards the end.

Bowling Performance:

  • UAE’s bowling was led by Ali Naseer, who took 4 wickets for 25 runs, and Muhammad Jawadullah, also claiming 4 wickets.
  • Afghanistan’s notable performance came in the 19th over with 19 runs scored off Junaid Siddique.

Fall of Wickets:

  • UAE: Waseem Muhammad (8.3 ov), Vritiya Aravind (10.1 ov), Basil Hameed (13.4 ov), Tanish Suri (14.4 ov), Ali Naseer (15.4 ov), Aayan Khan (16.4 ov), Dhruv Parashar (16.5 ov).
  • Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (5.2 ov), Ibrahim Zadran (7.5 ov), Hazratullah Zazai (9.4 ov), Najibullah Zadran (13.3 ov), Darwish Rasooli (13.5 ov), Azmatullah Omarzai (14.1 ov), Qais Ahmad (16.5 ov), Noor Ahmad (17.4 ov), Naveen-ul-Haq (17.5 ov), Mohammad Nabi (19.5 ov).

The match ended with UAE securing a victory by 11 runs. This win was pivotal for UAE, showcasing their batting depth and effective bowling, particularly in the crucial final overs of the game

Head-to-Head in T20Is:

  • Total Matches: 10
  • United Arab Emirates Won: 2
  • Afghanistan Won: 8
  • UAE T20I Rankings: 10th
  • Afghanistan T20I Rankings: 17th

This head-to-head record provides additional context to the match, illustrating the historical performance and rivalry between these two teams in T20I cricket. The UAE’s victory in this match adds a significant milestone to their record against Afghanistan.

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