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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

World Cup Qualifier: UAE a step closer to Super Six phase after win over Netherlands

Chirag Suri unbeaten on 78 as captain Rohan Mustafa takes 5-26 as Dutch lose by six wickets

The UAE returned from the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe with their ODI status but putting on games is not so simple. Courtesy ICC
The UAE returned from the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe with their ODI status but putting on games is not so simple. Courtesy ICC

The UAE have one foot in the Super Six phase of the World Cup Qualifier after beating Netherlands by six wickets at Harare Sports Club.

It was their second win of the competition, after their opening-day win over Papua New Guinea.

It would take an apparently unlikely sequence of results to deprive them a place in the next phase.

Realistically, the Netherlands would have to beat West Indies to stand a chance of finishing above the national team in the five-team group. Even that would be academic if UAE beat Ireland in their final pool match on Monday.

Rohan Mustafa, as he so often does, led the way. The captain took 5-26, his second five-wicket haul in one-day internationals. They were all his own work, too: three were bowled, two lbw. And he affected an, albeit simple, run out.

With a typically thrifty return from Ahmed Raza, who took 1-28 from his 10 overs, the UAE were able to bowl the Dutch out for 176 in the 47th over.

On a slow track, and with a probing Netherlands pace attack, 177 was a tricky chase. But Chirag Suri, the youngest member of the UAE tour party, played a gem of an innings to see them through.

Suri, who is only in the line-up because of an injury to the prolific opener Ashfaq Ahmed, was unbeaten on 78 when victory was secured.

He finished it in style himself, with four over long on.

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