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Showing posts with label Pool B match. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pool B match. Show all posts

Sunday 15 March 2015

CWC LIVE - Windies Chase Target In Desired Overs - Wait for Pak v Irl Result

#WestIndies vs #UAE, #Napier

West Indies have done their part of the job.
Needing to score the required target in under 36.2 overs, they have completed their run chase in 30.3 overs and 6 wickets in hand.

The win ensures they qualify for the next stage of knockouts.
Whats still not sure is what position they will finish in Pool B?
That will be decided by result in the Pak vs #Irl match.

#JohnsonCharles and #JonathanCarter fifities ensured Windies cantered to their third win in the league in desired manner. In absense of Gayle, they needed to fire and they have done that!

UAE - 175 all out
WI - 179 for 4 (30.3 overs) 

Man of the Match: #JasonHolder

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CWC15 LIVE - Poor Intensity In Field By Windies In A Must Win Game Vs UAE

#WestIndies vs #UAE
15th Mar 2015

After a stunning start in their must win game, the West Indies have suddenly gone off the boil.
As if to suggest, they are not interested in winning this game with a handsome margin ... their body language is hopeless. On field spats between #DarrenSammy and #JasonHolder hasnt helped cause. Someone needs to wake them up!!

Earlier in the day, #JasonHolder and #JeromeTaylor tore through the UAE top order to envision a quick finish to he game and strengthen their Pool B position. Holder was superb with his line, speed and bounce. Holder bowled himself in one spell. 10-127-4. Fabulous figures.

At 46 for 6, it was a matter of time but #AmjadJaved and #NasirAziz dug deep.
Coupled with that some really insid bowling and attitude by the Windies in the field allowed them to build a 100 run partnership to bring some respectability to their score.

#AndreRussell coming to bowl at the back end of the innings has broken that long stand by castling Javed. He also knocked off the new batsman #Naved in his next over. #MarlonSamuels has just removed Aziz followed by Taylor castling #Tauqir to wrap up the UAE innings.

UAE: 175 all out
#JasonHolder - 4 wickets
#JeromeTaylor - 3 wickets
#AndreRussell - 2 wickets

Playing without #ChrisGayle, Windies need to win this game by a big margin to entertain chances of progressing in the tournament.

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Saturday 14 March 2015

CWC15 Live - Raina Dhoni Partnership Seals Win For India vs Zim

#Zim vs #Ind, #EdenPark, #Auckland

#SureshRaina and #MSDhoni's record partnership stand ensured India overcame initial hiccups to chase a competitive 288 vs Zimbabwe in a Pool B match at #CWC15

At 92 for 4, they were in serous trouble and an upset threat loomed large.
This is where #MSDhoni has transformed this India team into believing they can come back from any situation. This is the power and belief of this man. And to top it all, he shows how it is to be done! 

Raina and Dhoni battled initial nerves and tests thrown by the Zimbabwean bowlers at them.
Once in, they dug in and went about chasing down the required target in a clinical fashion with an over to spare.

Along the way, Raina collected his first World Cup ton. A great memory this.
Dhoni was his usual self. Restrained and mature all throughout before exploding towards the end.

Raina's 110* meant he took the Man of the Match award ahead of #BrendanTaylor, whose innings was once in a lifetime stuff.

Zim: 287 all out, 49 overs
Ind: 288 for 4, 48.4 overs

Man of the Match: Suresh Raina

India now move on to the #MCG to play their quarter final match against the in-form and spirited #Bangladesh outfit raring to go. They will need to get their bearings right for that one because in the knockouts you don't have second chances!

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CWC15 - Early Wickets Makes It An Even Contest For Zim vs Ind

#Zim vs #Ind, #EdenPark, #Auckland

Things looked iffy when India bowled.
They seemed to be off color the moment #BrendanTaylor and #SeanWilliams attacked their spinners.
As a result, Zimbabwe went on to score a very good 287 all out in 50 overs.

As if to complement the bowlers, the batsmen started in similar fashion - no purpose.
Both #RohitSharma and #ShikharDhawan were completely clueless about their running between the wickets. TO back it up they were confused whether to go at the bowling or stay put. 

In all that messy thinking, both lost wickets to poor shots in one over from #Panyangara putting India under pressure at 21 for 2. Rohit skied a mistimed flick to point while Dhawan dragged a delivery onto his stumps. Outright poor shots. 

This brought #AjinkyaRahane and #ViratKohli at the crease to consolidate things. They looked unsure too but soon got into their groove and produced a 50 runs stand. Then out of nowhere Rahane went for a suicidal run and was run out needlessly. 71 for 3

Virat was gaining confidence driving straight and steadied himself for a long innings. but then from nowhere #SikandarRaza produced a delivery that spun from behind his legs to bowl him for 33. Zimbabweans were delighted. India 92 for 4 and reeling.

#SureshRaina was thoroughly tested by the seamers with bouncers (his clear uncomfort zone) but he's settled into his innings. Mr. Finisher #MSDhoni has joined him and both have put on a 50+ run stand 
to steady the ship somewhat.

The upcoming #batting #powerplay is going to hugely decisive in this match to decide who gains the upperhand in the contest. Zimbabwe sitting on top at the moment though.

Game ON.....

India: 158 for 4 (35 overs)
#SureshRaina - 48*
#MSDhoni - 26*  

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CWC15 - Zim hit 287, India Bowlers Put To the Sword

#Zim vs #Ind, #EdenPark, #Auckland

For the first time this #CWC15, the India bowlers were put under the hammer big time and shook them up. They looked rattled, a lot of on-pitch discussions followed and overall they looked out of sorts as long as #BrendonTaylor was at the crease.

The spinners (very surprisingly) took most of the beating at the hands of Taylor and Williams. The batsmen attacked them from the word go and forced them into defensive lines. Ashwin and Jadeja didnt bowl very badly though. They kept the bowl up and gave good air but just that Taylor was in the "mood" to dispatch them all over Eden Park.

At one stage, it looked as if India would be chasing 320+ but once Taylor went for a blistering 138, the tail didn't push it on and got out for 287. This is still a competitive score and will give their bowlers something to try and put Indian batting under pressure.

Lot of thinking for India before the knockout games.
Bangladesh is watching this!!

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CWC15 - Brendan Taylor Superlative Ton Drives Zim Forward vs Ind

#Zim vs #Ind, #EdenPark, #Auckland

#BrendanTaylor has turned it on against India.
Backing up #SeanWilliams' counterattacking innings, he has launched a scathing attack on the Indian bowlers .

For the first time in the #CWC15, the Indian bowlers looked rattled and out of sorts.

Taylor in company of Williams steadied the innings after initial setbacks.
Once Williams departed after his cameo, he's taken charge and shaken the Indians big time!

A upper cut six off #Shami over thirdman brought his century in style giving rise to wild celebrations from him and his players in the balcony. Please note he is playing his last ODI for Zimbabwe. He has signed a three year deal with the England county league. Shame ... he's not going to play in RED anymore!

Zim: 233 for 4 in 41 overs
#BrendanTaylor - 138*
#SeanErive - 38*

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Tuesday 10 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - India Outclass Ireland - Remain Unbeaten in Pool B

#India v #Ireland, #SeddonPark, #Hamilton

The Ireland batsmen scored 259 all out batting first on a beautiful afternoon after winning the toss.
A good score for an associate nation against a giant ICC member. Having said that, they would have been disappointed scoring atleast 40 runs short given the stage they were placed at the end of 40th over. 206 for 3.

Once #RaviAshwin induced a top edge from Balbirnie, it was all downhill for Ireland as they wrapped up for 259 all out in 49 overs.

If Ireland were to challenge this mighty Indian batting lineup, they had to be special with the ball and fielding. Dropping #ShikharDhawan on 5 (#JohnMooney a caught-n-bowled chance) and then again on 11 (dropped at point) didnt help their matters as he waded into their dibbly attack immediately.

The opening pair of Dhawan and #RohitSharma took full control of the proceedings and dominated the military medium bowling easily. They put on a 174 run opening stand in 23.2 overs before Rohit was clean bowled by #StuartThompson for a well made 64. These runs were crucial for his confidence moving into key stage of this #CWC15.

Dhawan continued to build his innings and completed his second century of the world cup. Just when he was about to explode, Thompson got him to sky one over cover where #Portrfield took a fine catch.

#ViratKohli (44*) and #AjinkyaRahane (33*) then finished off the remaining runs in a hurry through some lusty hitting and aggressive display. This India inning sent out a clear statement to other heavyweights in the competition. The fluency and clinical efficiency shown by team India to dispatch Ireland will send strong signals about their claims to retain the world crown.

Ireland - 259 all out, 49 overs
India - 260 for 2, 36.5 overs 

Man of the Match: #ShikharDhawan
Why does it have to be a batsman? I'd certainly liked to see #RaviAshwin winning that prize!

CWC 2015 LIVE - Ashwin's Miserly Spell Checks Ireland to 259

#Ireland vs #India, #Hamilton

#RaviAshwin's miserly spell  in the middle overs ensured India pulled things back to restrict Ireland to 259 all out in their Pool B game at #SeddonPark, Hamilton.

At 89 for 0 in 15 overs, the Irish were off to a brilliant start and looking for a mighty score to scare India. #MSDhoni, the India skipper, turned to Ashwin to stem runs and pick wickets. He did both.

He picked up #PaulStirling, getting him to loft a beautifully tossed delivery to long on safely into #AjinkyaRahane's hands.

#SureshRaina and #RavindraJadeja were then introduced from the other end.
They put on the brakes too. Raina castled #EdJoyce for 2 and the brakes were really on.

Then #WilliamPorterfield and #NiallObrien steadied the innings.
#PaulBalbirnie joined OBrien and started pushing the score again.

At 206 for 3, they were poised for a final onslaught.
Dhoni once again brought Ashwin into the attack and he delivered once again
He induced a top edge off Balbirnie to fineleg.

From then on, it was downhill for Ireland as they collapsed to 259 all out.
Superb spell of spin bowling.
10 - 1 - 38 - 2

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Quick Wickets Dent Ireland Charge v India

#Ireland v #India

After a promising start and steady middle innings, Ireland hoped to pile on in the late stages of the match. 

#NiallOBrien and #PaulBalbirnie had opened up well in that #batting #powerplay and poised for a launch.

It was #RaviAshwin yet again who got India a much needed breakthrough inducing a top edge off Balbirnie down to #fineleg.

From then on, it was like a procession of wickets.
Perhaps Ireland didn't have a plan to approach the last 10 overs.
As a result, they are struggling to push it on and very low firepower left. 

#LIVE #Score
Ireland - 243 for 9 in 46 overs
Ashwin - 2 wickets
Shami - 2 wickets

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ireland Push For A Big Score v India

#Ireland v #India, #Hamilton

Trying to emulate Bangladesh to enter the quarterfinals in #CWC15, #Ireland are making a great effort to challenge India at #SeddonPark

Ireland won the toss, elected to bat and hurtling towards a big score.
Their openers #WilliamPorterfield and #PaulStirling started in aggressive fashion scoring 89 in the first 15 overs (the best start by any team against India in this world cup so far)

Introduction of spin put brakes on their scoring.
#RavichandranAshwin spun a web around their batsmen amd scalped wickets too.

#NiallOBrien has steadied the innings with a superb fifty and looking the most dangerous of Irish batsmen to pile on a score.

India's seamers were slightly off color today but they are playing their first game in New Zealand.

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Saturday 7 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - IRL beat ZIM In Another Minnow Thriller At Hobart

#IRL vs #ZIM, #BelleriveOval, #Hobart

What a scorcher!!

Chasing a massive 332 to win, Zimbabwe took on the Irish bowlers and nearly crossed the line...

The last 10-15 overs see-sawed between the two teams jostling for a win.
In the 49th over, #TawandaMupariwa smacked #KevinOBrien for 4,4,6 off consecutive deliveries to tilt the scales back in Zim's favour and it was a case who blinks first

7 runs in 6 balls needed, 2 tail ender wickets in hand.

However, #AlexCusack held his nerve to bowl a tight last over and capture two Zim wickets to win their Pool B match by 5 runs.

Magnificent batting and bowling performances from both sides.

The minnows have decided to show #ICC their value and any thoughts of downsizing the #CWC in future editions must be scrapped outright. The kind of display these teams have given over the last three weeks is ample testimony to their ability to perform at the big stage!

#LIVE #Score

Ireland - 331 for 8, 50 overs
#EdJoyce - 112
#AlexBalbirnie - 97

#TendaiChatara - 3 wickets
#SeanWilliams - 3 wickets

Zimbabwe - 326 all out
#BrendanTaylor - 121
#SeanWilliams - 96

#AlexCusack - 4 wickets

Ireland won by 5 runs.
Man of the Match: Ed Joyce

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Seamers Bowl Pak To Famous Win Over SA

#SouthAfrica vs #Pakistan,

If Pakistan needed any luck to progress further in this tournament, it was today.
 - they were up against tournament favourites and red hot form Proteas
 - their batting and over performances so far have been unconvincing and scratchy to say the least
 - other weaker teams in the group like Ireland and even Zimbabwe were threatening their position in the Pool table.

But, boy! did they respond well? and how !! WOW.

For beginners, they made their own luck like all true warriors and champions.
Their batting, even today, saw shades of classy aggression at the top from #SarfarazAhmed to the laboured anchor of #MisbahUlHaq. Whats more they were bowled out for 222 in 46.2 overs. Not convincing at all considering they were 90+ for 1 at one stage.

But, once the bowlers took over trying to defend 232 (revised target adjusted according to D/L system), they were on immediately. There was a brief period where #FafDuPlessis and #HashimAmla looked to take the game away from them very early. But, once duPlessis was caught behind and Amla followed suit in the very next over, the slide began.

All Pakistan seamers bowled beautiful lines, lengths and extracted everything the wicket had to offer to induce batting errors or false shots.

#IrfanKhan, #RahatAli and #WahabRiaz contributed equally to the team with 3 wickets each. #SarfarazAhmed took 6 catches behind the stumps to set up a new #CWC record!

For #SA, it was again a classic case of their team not able to perform under pressure.
No matter how good they are, we have seen them crumbling at critical junctures in various tournaments (the clich├ęd "Chokers" tag isn't there for nothing). Its all in the head at this level and that's where they seem most vulnerable.

#ABDevilliers shouldered a lonely battle 77 (58 balls) but couldn't cross the finish line.
Rest fell like nine pins.

With this win, Pak has almost ensured their entry in the next stage of this tournament.
Remains to be seen what position in Pool B would they end up with.
Their position will also depend on some other results in Pool B. 

End of Match Score
Pak - 222 all out
SA - 202 all out

Pak win by 29 runs

Man of the Match: #SarafarazAhmed

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CWC 2015 LIVE: Ireland Pile On Against Zimbabwe

#Ireland v #Zimbabwe, #Hobart
7th Mar 2015

Battle of the minnows?
Well, this game has achieved crucial importance in Pool B at #CWC15

Ireland and Zimbabwe both are still alive in this group thanks to poor performances from Pakistan and West Indies.

Ireland batting first have piled on a huge score of 331 for 8.
Century from #EdJoyce and near hundred from #JohnBalbarnie set them up.
#Chatara and #SeanWilliams took 3 wickets a piece.

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Quick Wickets And Pak Are Back vs SA

#SouthAfrica vs #Pakistan
7th Mar 2015

After a solid start to their run chase of 232 (D/L method), South Africa are pushed back by twin strikes from Pakistan.

From 67 for 1 in 10 overs, they are suddenly staring at 74 for 4.
#RahatAli got #FafDuPlessis to edge one behind for 27 while #WahabRiaz induced an edge off #HashimAmla for 38. First three wickets to fall so far have been caught behind by wicketkeeper #SarfarazAhmed

Wahab struck again when he got #RileeRossouw to hook one down long leg's throat.

Game on at the #EdenPark

Pakistan steamed up.
South Africa need to regroup.

#ABDevilliers at the crease is joined by #DavidMiller.

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Who Will Take The Initiative - SA vs Pak

#SA v #Pak, #Auckland

The match is on the edge.
Pak batting, SA bowling

#LIVE #Score
Pak - 165 for 4 in 34 overs

16 overs to go.
How many can Pakistan get? How much do they need to threaten that powerful SA batting?
Will SA keep them under 250?
Will #Misbah and #UmarAkmal fire now? or will #Steyn and #Morkel stifle them into submission.

Interesting one hour or so... #Batting #Powerplay coming up soon!

Whatever the situation, Pak has to win this game to harbour QF qualification at #CWC15.
Can feel the tension and nervousness around!

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Catch of the Tournament? Dale Steyn You Beauty

#SouthAfrica v #Pakistan
7th Mar 2015

#DaleSteyn has produced the catch of the tournament.
What a stunning catch out of nowhere....

Pakistan were off to a steady start through #AhmedShehzad and #Sarfaraz.
Both had blunted out the morning swing and the SA seamers weren't able to induce any breakthroughs. They were certainly concerned.

Then out of nowhere this happened.
#KyleAbbott got Shehzad to flick one in the air over #midwicket
Everyone thought it had clearly flown over the fielder for a #boundary.
Steyn patrolling the area swooped in and produced a stunning one handed dive.
Absolute stunner .... SA players swooped on him like footballers celebrate a goal.

Absolute beauty .. sight to behold.

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CWC 2015 LIVE - SA Win Toss - Pak To Bat

#SouthAfrica v #Pakistan, #EdenPark, #Auckland
7th Mar 2015

South Africa have won the toss and inserted Pakistan into bat.
This is the same pitch where the #Aus v #NewZealand classic unfolded last week. The morning swing conditions seems to have influenced that decision.
Also, teams chasing here do better than ones batting first.

This could be a blessing in disguise for Pakistan because they are particularly not good at chasing.
One positive change they've made. #Sarfaraz, the specialist #wicketkeeper, has been brought in place of #Jamshid. He will open the batting innings. Going by his reputation, this could be a positive move.

Game started

#Cricket #Live #Score
Pakistan: 20 for 0, 6.2 overs.
#Sarfaraz -10*
#Shehzad - 8*

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Massive Pool B Clash Starting Shortly - Pak vs SA

#Pakistan v #SouthAfrica, #EdenPark, #Auckland
7th Mar 2015

This is massive. #Pak take on #SA in a huge pool B clash on 7th Mar 2015. The game is most important for Pak to win and progress towards qualification to next stage of #CWC15. For SA its about holding on to second spot in Pool B behind #India.

Pool B Tally:
India 4 matches 8 points
South Africa 4 matches 6 points
Ireland 3 matches 4 points
Pakistan 4 matches 4 points
West Indies 5 matches 4 points
Zimbabwe 4 matches 2 points
UAE 4 matches 0 points

Its all becoming very interesting in the #GroupOfDeath.
A lot of teams have to not only win their games but also wait for other team results in their favor to progress ahead. Looks like a very exciting next week for this pool as every game is becoming ever so important for each team.

#MsibahUlHaq needs his team to fire in all cylinders (and more...) if they have to dream of beating the mighty Proteas, #ABDevilliers' SA is high on those two back to back 400 plus scores and wins over two minnow sides. They are yet to chase a formidable score though. This could be Pak'a opportunity to put decent runs on the board and put pressure on SA with their bowlers especially spinners #Afridi and #Yasir (another weaklink in the SA armoury)

Their bowlers have to dismiss #HashimAmla and #ABDevilliers as soon as possible to prevent them from piling huge scores too. 

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Friday 6 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Cool As Ever Dhoni Wins It For India Yet Again

#WestIndies v #India, #WACA, #Perth
6th Mar 2015

How many times has he done it? How many more times will he have to do it for India?
The extraordinary genius of #MSDhoni in a troubled #runchase came to the fore yet again as he "coolly" crossed the winning line v West Indies in a Pool B match today.

Chasing a modest target of 182, (after the bowlers had decimated the Windies batting earlier in the day), the Indians were at the receiving end for the first time in this tournament. They looked wobbly against genuine pace and bounce that #WACA had to offer to the Windies pace battery. #JeromeTaylor was superb, #KemarRoach was pacy, #JasonHolder nippy and #AndreRussell nagging to throw a great challenge at this strong batting lineup.

#ShikharDhawan and #RohitSharma were out to outswinging beauties by Taylor
#ViratKohli tried to pull a bouncy delivery and spooned a catch to long leg
#SureshRaina's woes with the rising delivery continued while #RavindraJadeja too was claimed by the extra bounce on  a lively Perth track. 

What looked like a walk in the park considering form of these Indian batsmen, it was a major setback for them in seaming conditions and warning that if they dont tighten up, they could be in for some rude shocks ahead in the tournament.

At a tricky 134 for 6 and still 50 odd runs away from the target, it needed someone with a cool head to steer the ship home. And who better than "Mr. Cool" himself to step up to the occasion. His demeanor at the crease, ability to analyze situations and skills to execute percentage plans is exemplary and was on show here.

He guided young #RaviAshwin through an invaluable partnership to guide India through to a 4 wicket win. Fortunately, there was no run pressure so both could take their time completing their desired goal. Whatever the case #MS is too good to plan and implement runchases and there are amazing examples where he's won many a game for India from seemingly hopeless causes.

Final #LIVE #Cricket #Score
WI - 182 All out
India - 185 for 6 (39.1 overs)

Man of the Match: #MohamadShami for this 3 wickets earlier in the day that started the Windies' slide.

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Wednesday 4 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Pak Complete Facile Win v UAE

#Pak v #UAE, #Napier

Pakistan complete a facile win against UAE by 129 runs.
This will be an immense boost for their chances to move to the next round of #CWC15

Their biggest test lies ahead in the next game, when they meet the super hot #SouthAfrica in couple of days time. That will be followed by game against #Ireland, another tough side. Overall, both games very crucial for them. The two wins (against Zim and today against UAE) will have been a good tonic for their confidence to play their last two games.

Having said that, there are lot of chinks in that batting and bowling lineups, highlighted today.
- Shehzad and Haris were unable to step up the gas in the #Powerplay overs leading to a mini setback
- Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi still havent faced enough balls in the middle to gain some much needed form against formidable opponents.
- Opening slot is a huge problem (Jamshid is failing to pull shot too often and Younis Khan isn't a natural opener anyway)
- Lack of quality batsmen in that middle order (although they are good strokemakers) will hurt them as the games get tougher.

 - The bowlers couldn't bundle out UAE (only 8 wickets were taken) cheaply and allowed game to drift. They need to stamp themselves on opposition team lineups.
 - The spinners are not in their own as yet. The SA game could just be that ignition needed to strike it rich. SA's weakness could just be Pak's opportunity with spinners.
 - Too may left arm seamers? Does that make it a predictable attack with less variety? Needs some thought.

Overall, a good win but the tough test lies ahead for them.
For now, they can enjoy the moment.

#LIVE #Score
Pak - 339 for 6
UAE - 210 for 8

Man of the Match: #ShehzadAhmed

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