UAE post record total, thump SingaporeThe Gulf nation scores 471 runs and restrict Singapore at 270-9 to register 201-run victory.
United Arab Emirates scored a record total at the TU ground in Kirtipur on Sunday as they registered a thumping 201-run win over Singapore in the ACC Premier Cup to pull off their second victory and strengthen their semi-final bid.
Opener and captain Muhammad Waseem and Vriitya Arvind slammed a century each and Ayan Afzal Khan scored a half century for the UAE as they were bowled out for 471 runs at close in the 50-over format. Chasing the herculean target, Singapore were restricted at 270-9.
UAE's score was the highest total at the TU ground surpassing the previous biggest total of 397 runs scored by Nepal against Bhutan in the 2003 ACC Emerging Cup. Raju Khadka had scored a century in the game.
With their second victory from the third match, UAE came level with leaders Hong Kong on four points in Group 'B'. But Hong Kong have a match advantage over the UAE and holds superiority by the virtue of run rates. Top two teams in the five team group progress into the semi-final. Singapore, yet to open the score after the third match, crashed out from the semi-final with a match in hand.
Captain Waseem, who came to open the innings, scored 160 runs off 82 deliveries that included nine hits to the fences and 16 sixes. Waseem, the-player-of-the-match, also shared a 246-run stand for the second wicket with Aravind before Adwitya Bhargava had him caught by Manpreet Singh in the 28th over.
Aravind scored the innings’ highest 174 runs off 133, studded with 17 hits to the fences and seven sixes. He was caught by Abdul Rahman in Ramesh Kalimuthu delivery in the 48th over.
Aayan Afzal Khan contributed 74 runs facing 50 deliveries. He smashed nine boundaries and three sixes.
Singapore bowler Adwitya Bhargava claimed four wickets and Kalimuthu picked three scalps. Bhargava conceded 85 runs in his eight-over spell and Kalimuthu gave away 73 runs bowling for three overs.
In the run chase, Singapore's Manpreet Singh and Thilipan Omaidurai scored half centuries each. Singh, coming to bat at number four, hit 64-ball 66 and Omaidurai contributed 52 runs off 56.
Captain and opener Aritra Dutta contributed 38 runs off 32 and Surendra Chandramohan contributed 38 runs off 57. Vinoth Baskaran (18) and Abdul Rahman Bhadelia (16) were other batters to contribute in double digit figures.