UAE outlast Hong Kong

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Seamer Mohammad Shahzad stood at the fore of the United Arab Emirates' unconvincing two-wicket triumph over Hong Kong in Sunday's Asian Cricket Council Premier League fixture at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

Seamer Mohammad Shahzad stood at the fore of the United Arab Emirates' unconvincing two-wicket triumph over Hong Kong in Sunday's Asian Cricket Council Premier League fixture at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

Hong Kong sported plenty of promising starts across a final total of 157 all out, which would have read considerably larger – had opener Irfan Ahmed's commanding 30 or captain Jamie Atkinson's patient 20 reached greater proportions.

Shahzad was prompt in exploring the fragile opposition order, securing ODI career-best figures of four for 26, which included Atkinson's departure. The talented 34-year-old was later named Man of the Match.

Opening batsman Amjad Ali led the UAE's successful pursuit, striking a fine 39 before all-rounder Fayyaz Ahmed completed the result – achieved with nine deliveries to spare – with a closing 37 not out.

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