The United Arab Emirates continued their World Cup preparation today with the first match of a five match one-day series against Pakistan A at the ICC Academy ground in Dubai.
Batting first after losing the toss, the tourists found runs hard to come by throughout their innings, with the UAE bowling attack not letting most of them settle. The only partnership of any real substance was for the third wicket as Nasir Jamshed and Sohaib Maqsood put on 74 before the latter was out for 35.
Maqsood was stumped by Saqlain Haider, making his List A debut today, fresh from being a stand-in wicketkeeper for Australia for one day of their tour match against the same opponents last week. Nasir Jamshed batted on until the 40th over when he was the ninth man out for 78.
Pakistan A lost their final wicket two overs later and were bowled out for just 164. The UAE bowlers shared the wickets around, with only Mohammad Shahzad proving ineffective, going wicketless for 32 runs in his six overs.
The home side had very little trouble during their run chase, starting the reply with a 57 opening partnership between Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger, which ended when Ali was out for 28. Berenger went on to guide the team home, finishing unbeaten on 77 as they completed a six wicket win in 37.5 overs.
The teams will play the second match of the series at the same venue tomorrow.
United Arab Emirates beat Pakistan A by 6 wickets
ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai, 22 October
Pakistan A 164 (41.3 overs, Nasir Jamshed 78, Sohaib Maqsood 35)
United Arab Emirates 168-4 (37.5 overs, A Berenger 77*, Raza Hasan 3-21)