Abu Dhabi: Exceptional bowling performances by Omar Mohammad and Pankaj Prakash allowed the hosts UAE to register a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Scotland in the ninth place playoff quarters at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Put into bat, Scotland never managed to get going and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mohammad and Prakash were the wreckers-in-chief for UAE, claiming four and three wickets respectively. The only noteworthy score for Scotland came from opener Andrew Umeed (23) and they were bundled out for a paltry 119 in 37.4 overs.
UAE started their run chase on a disappointing note, losing open Dane D’Souza with just one on board. However, Shiv Mehra (41) and Shorye Chopra (24) steadied the innings and put UAE on the victory path. Shivank Vijayakumar also contributed with a fine 28 as the hosts strolled home in 32.1 overs losing just three wickets.
In another match, New Zealand surpassed the score of 183 set by Papua New Guinea in 46.2 overs losing four wickets. Papua New Guinea, after taking the first share of the crease, was given a steady start by both openers Kiplin Doriga (50) and Riley Hekure (35). The duo put on a partnership of 86 runs for the first wicket.
However, once Hekure departed, Papua New Guinea lost four wickets in quick succession and that severely hurt their surge. Had it not been for the knocks from Hiri Hiri (37) and Tom Willie (27), Papua New Guinea wouldn’t have reached 186.
Brett Randell and Raki Weerasundara shined with the ball for the Kiwis with three wickets apiece. Ken McClure (51) and Robert O’Donnell (57 not out) saw New Zealand get to the total in 46.2 overs.