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Afghans hold the upper hand as UAE struggle

Afghanistan stand on the verge of completing their fairy tale journey to the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies after restricting the United Arab Emirates to just 100/9 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Khurram Khan won the toss for the UAE and he elected to bat first in the winner takes all clash but the skipper wouldn't have expected the Afghans to rip through the UAE's top order leaving the hosts 11-3 as Mirwais Ashraf once again impressed with the ball.

Mohammad Iqbal (5) was the first to go playing a short ball onto his own stumps at the start of the second over. Iqbal's opening partner Arfan Haider (2) was back in the pavilion 6 ball later after being caught down at third man by Hamid Hassan.

The loss of Iqbal and Haider left the UAE 9-2 but things got a lot worse as skipper Khan (1) lasted only 3 balls giving Mohammad Shehzad an easy catch behind the stumps handing the impressive Ashraf his second wicket of the game.

Abdul Reham briefly offered some hope for the UAE scoring a quick fire 18 before he was trapped LBW by Mohammad Nabi to put the Afghans in total control leaving the UAE 53-4.

The UAE found themselves in deep trouble with their dreams of playing in the Twenty20 World Cup in tatters. Saqib Ali who's 63 against Ireland yesterday almost won the game for the UAE found himself in a similar position when he came into bat today but he was unable to repeat that innings scoring only 24.

With Ali gone the UAE's tail order collapsed under the pressure only reaching 100-9 off the last ball of their innings to put Afghanistan in total control.

source - cricket20.com
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