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UAE cricketers thrash Canada in the first Twenty20 international

Mohammad Azam scores 70 before spinners Ahmed Raza and Nasir Aziz run through home team's batting line-up for 72-run win.

Nasir Aziz took two wickets for 12 runs as the UAE beat Canada by 72 runs. Chris Young / The National
Nasir Aziz took two wickets for 12 runs as the UAE beat Canada by 72 runs. Chris Young / The National

The UAE continued their unbeaten run in Canada after thumping the hosts by 72 runs in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Toronto late on Saturday.

Mohammad Naveed, the captain, won the toss and opted to bat first before the tourists posted 157 for seven on the back of Mohammad Azam's 51-ball 70.

Azam hit a six and nine fours string together quickfire partnerships Abdul Shakoor (17), Swapnil Patil (11) and Shaiman Anwar (13) to help his team to what seemed like a competitive total.

Canada, though, came nowhere close to that after being bowled out for 85. Ahmed Raza, the UAE left-arm spinner, took three wickets for 11 runs and Nasir Aziz, the off-spinner, chipped in with two for 12. Openers Ruvindu Gunasekera (33) and his captain Rizwan Cheema (20) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

The UAE's victory follows a fighting draw in a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match and back-to-back wins in the one-dayers against the same team.

They will play one more T20 match on Sunday before flying home.

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