Afghanistan historically haven't had much success against the United Arab Emirates in one-day matches, with only one win in eight attempts before today. And that became one from nine today as they lost by 5 wickets in the first of a four match ODI series in the ICC Academy in Dubai.
After Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and chose to bat first, there was a minutes silence in memory of Philip Hughes before play began. Afghanistan started their innings unusually slowly, with only 27 on the board when Usman Ghani was the first man out in the 11th over.
The second wicket pairing of Nawroz Mangal and Afsar Zazai put on 59 before Mangal was out for 52. Zazai went on to score 60 before he was out, and the team eventually scored 248-6 from their 50 overs, with Asghar Stanikzai's 33 ball 46 helping them score 60 from the last five overs.
The UAE reply started with Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger putting on 117 for the first wicket before Ali was out for 67. Berenger also reached 50 before he was out, scoring 52, and Khurram Khan scored 53. The UAE eventually won by 5 wickets with 8 balls to spare. The teams will play again in the second ODI on Sunday.
United Arab Emirates beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets
ICC Academy, Dubai, 28 November
Afghanistan 248-6 (50 overs, Afsar Zazai 60, Nawroz Mangal 52, Asghar Stanikzai 46)
United Arab Emirates 249-5 (48.4 overs, Amjad Ali 67, Khurram Khan 53, A Berenger 52)