269e909331158210VgnVCM200000e66411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2010-02UAE open campaign with bittersweet win169e909331158210VgnVCM200000e66411ac____UAE open campaign with bittersweet winHosts beat Kenya in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier but are set to lose all-rounder for Netherlands game.<p>The UAE may have got their ICC World Twenty20 qualifier campaign off to a flyer yesterday, but the 15-run victory was marred by an injury to all-rounder Saqib Ali, who will miss the next two games at least, after suffering a hamstring injury while fielding.
Saqib was the third player to join the injury list after batsman Amjad Javed and the spinner Mohammed Tauqir, both ruled out with fractured little fingers of their right hands. "Saqib has suffered a hamstring injury and is in a lot of pain," said team physio Chitrala Sudhaker.</p>
<p>"We will know his exact condition only after a test, but from what I know, he will not be able to play for the next two days."
Meanwhile, on the field, UAE captain Khurram Khan won the toss chose to bat before his side scored 165 for five. The hosts then limited Kenya to 150 for five for the win.
Arfan Haider, the man of the match, stroked 59 in the company of Mohammed Iqbal (20), adding 35 for the first wicket in 3.5 overs.</p>
<p>The left-hander struck five fours and a couple of sixes in his 44-ball knock before Saqib and Khurram consolidated the innings with a 61-run stand for the fourth wicket in 7.3 overs.
"It was a good wicket to bat on and the openers gave us a good start," said Khurram. "Saqib and I batted well and every other batter chipped in with useful contributions for us to put a good score on the board.
"We were always in front. The spinners, particularly Shadeep Silva and Ahmed Raza, bowled good spells to get us to a good start in the competition."</p>
<p>Silva applied brakes on the Kenyan innings by claiming two wickets in two overs - Steve Tikolo (25) and Alex Obanda (13).
Raza took two wickets from two deliveries, the first of which ended a 69-run stand for the fourth wicket between Maurice Ouma (39) and and Collins Obuya, who remained undefeated on 42 off 31 balls, hitting three fours and a six, when the Kenyans ran out of overs. The second sent back Rakeb Patel for a duck.</p>
<p>Khurram's men will play the Netherlands tonight in Dubai under lights for the first time. And the captain said: "We have played a couple of games at Dubai Sports but it is the first time under lights. It is too early to say if we are going to stick to the same team."
Earlier in the day, the USA proved that their win over the UAE in a warm-up match two days ago was no flash in the pan with a clinical demolition of Scotland.</p>
<p>They restricted Scotland to 120 for seven and achieved their target comfortably at the cost of just four wickets with five deliveries to spare.
Carl Wright led the chase with a top score of 62, studded with eight fours, and set the platform thanks to a 97-run stand for the second wicket with Lennox Cush (41).
Wright said: "Our bowlers did a good job up front to restrict Scotland to a manageable total. I was happy I could contribute to that with the bat and a good partnership with Lennox. We have got to a great start and would be looking forward to carry on for the rest of the competition."</p>
<p>Wright's dismissal saw three wickets tumble at 114. It could have been four had wicketkeeper Simon Smith not dropped a top edge from US captain Steve Massiah (three not out), who saw them through with Sudesh Dhaniram (two) without further hiccups.
Scotland will play Afghanistan at 10am while USA will take on Ireland at the Zayed Stadium today.
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