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UAE pull off stunner against England
UAE players celebrate their victory over England.

Dubai - Hosts finally taste win in Indoor World Cup cricket at Insportz

By KT Report

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Published: Mon 18 Sep 2017, 10:14 PM

Last updated: Tue 19 Sep 2017, 12:17 AM

In a match that went right down to the wire, the UAE pulled off a nerve-wracking one-run win over England in the World Indoor Cricket Federation World Cup at the Insportz on Monday.

A final score-line of 80-79 in favour of the hosts is a clear indicator of just how closely fought this contest was. England needed two runs of the final ball to win, but a very determined UAE defended hard, to notch up their first win.

UAE Men's Open captain Saqib Nazir, speaking after the win, said: "Finally we have a win, it took a long time coming, and it is sweet. I think playing the top three teams gave us an extra boost, we did pretty well against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and that was really important for us and that helped."

Looking ahead the UAE captain insisted the team was not going to get complacent. "The plan ahead is to win all the games. If we want to qualify for the semifinals we have to win from here on. We don't want to depend on other teams. It is the first victory for the UAE and I hope we get many more after this."

England Men's Open captain Anish Patel was disappointed with the result, but was quick to give credit to the UAE for their effort. "Always disappointing when you lose a match by one run. That is what World Cup games are about, pressure situation, we didn't lose wickets but we didn't get the runs in the last over.

"Credit to the UAE side, there was some good bowling, good lines and lengths, and they fielded well in the last couple of overs to stop those two runs. A good game of cricket and still a lot to play for, still few games remaining."

In another contest, Australia had just finished beating India 84-5, and were watching the final moments of the UAE-England match with great interest. Commenting on the UAE win Australia Men's Open captain Lyle Teske said: "I think after this win, there is every chance they (UAE) can make it to the top four. They are a good side and they keep getting better. The more they play against quality opposition, the better they will get."

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