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UAE pulls off first win of tour

Kamran, Amjad sparkle in four-wicket victory over Northern Territory

UAE pulls off first win of tour - Cricket News
UAE Captain Khurrum Khan made a run a ball 51 as his side scored their first win in Australia.
The United Arab Emirates' all-round brilliance helped it register its maiden victory, by four wickets, against Northern Territory in the third match of the ICC High Performance Programme Tour of Australia and New Zealand. UAE, which had lost its opening two matches of the tour against Western Australia, managed to successfully chase down a 203-run target on Wednesday (September 17). 
UAE made the ideal start after Andri Berenger, the captain, elected to field at the Marrara Cricket ground in Darwin. Solomon Mire, the opener, kept one end going for Northern Territory, but wickets kept tumbling at the other end. By the time he departed, in the 11th over, Mire had scored 37 of the team total of 53. UAE soon had Northern Territory, 41 for 1 at one stage, on the mat, reducing it to 84 for 5 in 20.4 overs. 
Matthew Sampson-Barnes and Leigh Drennan, the captain and wicketkeeper, then stitched together a 93-run stand for the sixth wicket to lead a brief recovery. However, that was about it as far as partnerships of note were concerned as UAE quickly wiped out the tail and bowled Northern Territory out for 202 in just 45 overs. Sampson-Barnes top-scored with 73, while Drennan faced 56 balls for his 45. 
UAE's bowlers hunted in a pack. Mohammad Naveed, who new-ball bowler, and Kamran Shazad, the right-arm medium pacer, accounted for wickets three each, Kamran conceding just 24 runs in his seven overs. Mohammad Shahzad was impressive as well, his quota of 10 overs fetching him 2 for 36, while Manjula Guruge and Nasir Aziz took a wicket apiece. 
Amjad Ali got UAE off to a quick start and was the dominant partner in a 47-run opening stand with Berenger (16). Luke Robins had Berenger caught behind, after which Khurram Khan joined Amjad for an 83-run second-wicket partnership that essentially took the match away from Northern Territory. 
Tom Andrews, the leg-spinner, Khurram castled for a run-a-ball 51. Amjad departed soon after for 69, and UAE lost a few quick wickets thereafter But 203 was never going to pose much of a challenge and UAE crossed the line in 43.4 overs. 
Ben Turley was the pick of the bowlers for Northern Territory, taking 2 for 40. Andrews accounted for Amjad and Khurram, but was a touch expensive, leaking 44 runs in 7.4 overs. 
UAE will face the Redbacks twice in the coming week, its final matches of the tour. 

To see the scorecard and review the match in full please click here.
UAE's upcoming fixtures:
Tuesday (September 23): v Redbacks
Thursday (September 25): v Redbacks

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