Tigers comfortably see off sorry UAE


The United Arab Emirates produced a desperately poor batting performance as they were bowled out for just 82 to fall to a 51-run defeat against host nation Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in Mirpur on Friday.

Chasing a moderate target of 134 runs to win, the UAE were in early trouble when Tigers seamer Al-Amin Hossain removed opener Muhammad Kaleem with the third ball of the second over.

The Associate side never recovered from that early setback and lost wickets at regular intervals as the gulf in class between the two teams really showed.

The UAE eventually only lasted 17.4 overs with number five batsman Muhammad Usman top-scoring with 30 in a rather sorry looking scorecard.

The left-arm paceman, Mustafizur Rahman, was the pick of the Tigers bowlers with figures of two for 13 in four overs although captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah also picked up two wickets each.

Earlier, the home team did not put on their best batting performance as they were restricted to 133 for eight in their 20 overs.

Opening batsman Mohammad Mithun top-scored with a 41-ball 47 while Mahmudullah contributed an unbeaten 36 off 27 balls in the middle-order.

The next game in the Asia Cup takes place on Saturday when long time rivals India and Pakistan play each other in Mirpur.