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UAE registers another convincing win

Jimmy Hansra remains unbeaten on 100 as Canada falls short of UAE's target by 80 runs

UAE registers another convincing win - Cricket News
UAE registers second win in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier after beating Canada by 80 runs.
The United Arab Emirates registered another convincing win in the tournament as it pulled off an 80-run victory over Canada in its Group A clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at the Mainpower Oval, Rangiora on Wednesday (January 15). 

Amjad Ali and captain Khurram Khan, shared a 130-run stand for the second wicket to lay the foundation for UAE to post a total of 286 for 6 in 50 overs. Despite a fighting 119-ball century from Jimmy Hansra, Canada could manage just 206 for 6 in 50 overs.

Opting to bat, Salman Faris and Amjad, the openers, got UAE off to a great start putting on 53 together, before Jeremy Gordon dismissed Faris for 19. Khurram and Ali capitalised on the start and shared a stand of 130 runs off 147 balls before Ali was bowled by Khurram Chohan, nine short of a century. He hit 9 fours and a six in his 118-ball 91.

Khan continued with a 43-run stand in 5.4 overs for the fourth wicket with Swapnil Patil until he was run out on 88 off 84 balls, with UAE at 231 for 4 after 44 overs. Amjad Javed's late blitz of 25 off 13, along with Patil's 36, had UAE score 55 runs in the last six overs to finish at 286 in 50 overs.

Chohan returned figures of 3 for 65 in his 10 overs. 

Chasing a formidable total, Canada had its top three batsmen back in the shed within the first five overs. Mohammad Naveed, the right-arm paceman, dismissed Nitish Kumar and Usman Limbada, and Canada was pegged on the back foot at 9 for 3. 

Hansra and Raza-ur-Rehman tried to resurrect Canada's innings with a defiant 89-run stand for the fourth wicket before Rehman was dismissed for an 83-ball 43. Khurram Khan picked the wicket of Rehman and came back to break a 38-run stand between Trevin Bastiampillai (17) and Hansra.

Hansra and Junaid Siddiqui shared an unbeaten 39-run partnership for the seventh wicket, but it wasn't enough to take the team over the line, as Canada fell 80 short. Hansra remained unbeaten on 100, hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes in his 119-ball knock.  

Mohammad Naveed and Khurram Khan picked up two wickets apiece.

UAE will look to continue its good run in the tournament as it takes on Scotland in its next match on Sunday, while Canada will be determined to put up a better show in its clash against Hong Kong on Friday.

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