UAE falls short by 89 runs in ICC World Cricket League Championship game despite Shaiman Anwar’s 64-ball 72
Chapman headlined Hong Kong's batting effort, after it had elected to bat, with 124 not out as it put up 298 for 4 in its 50 overs. Hong Kong's bowlers backed Chapman's effort up with a collective display to bowl UAE out for 209 in 42.3 overs and win comfortably at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Chapman walked in with Hong Kong's top three having laid a solid platform. Anshuman Rath and Kinchit Shah, the openers, put on 71 runs before Shah had to retire hurt after the two collided with each other while attempting a run in the 14th over. While they safely completed the single as the fielder at cover fumbled, Shah injured his left shoulder. He was on 34 off 37 balls at that time.
Babar Hayat then joined Rath, but UAE would have a breakthrough soon when Zaheer Maqsood, the leg-spinner, had Rath stumped for 36, the first wicket falling with the score on 77.
That brought out Chapman, who continued the good work with Hayat, adding 78 runs for the second wicket in 101 balls. The partnership ended when Hayat holed out to long-on off Ahmed Raza, the left-arm spinner. Hayat had made 45 off 57 balls.
While Chapman was the fulcrum of Hong Kong's batting, he found good support. Nizakat Khan joined him for a 90-run third-wicket stand, in which Chapman played second fiddle, but contributed a useful 28 off 30 balls nonetheless.
When Nizakat fell, Hong Kong was 245 for 3 with 33 balls remaining. But with a set batsman in Chapman, it could still harbour hopes of a strong finish. Chapman's century came in style, with a punch through the covers off Maqsood for a boundary in the fifth ball of the 47th over. In all, Chapman struck 11 boundaries, while sending two over the fence.
The spin twins of Maqsood and Raza were the only UAE bowlers among the wickets, picking up two each.
Chapman’s effort also took him into the record books for the second-highest score on ODI debut behind only Desmond Haynes, who scored 148 in his maiden appearance, back in 1978 against Australia in Antigua, and made him the tenth batsman to achieve the feat.
“I didn’t actually know the statistics,” Chapman, the Man of the Match, said afterwards. “I’d heard rumours that it might have been up there, but to be second in the list is an honour, and it’s something that no one can erase, so it’s something I am very proud of.”UAE could not get the start it would have hoped for, losing Asif Iqbal in the second over of the chase with just nine on the board. Iqbal started off on a positive note, collecting two boundaries in the first over, bowled by Tanwir Afzal. But Haseeb Amjad's fourth delivery yielded a wicket when Iqbal drove uppishly to mid-off.
Amjad Ali and Shaiman Anwar offset the early loss through a 62-run second-wicket partnership. Ali contributed just 17 runs before giving a catch to Waqas Khan, the substitute fielder, off Afzal.
Thereafter, it was all about Anwar, who top-scored with 76 off just 64 balls, hitting 12 fours along the way. He eventually perished to the sweep against Nadeem Ahmed, the left-arm spinner.
Once Anwar fell, it was always going to be hard for UAE to bounce back. It enjoyed a few brief contributions lower down, but that wasn't sufficient to get it back into the contest.
Rath, who ran through the middle order, was Hong Kong's best bowler with 3 for 22. Amjad picked up three wickets as well, but was expensive, leaking 49 runs in eight overs. Nadeem took 2 for 36 in seven, while Afzal and Aizaz Khan, the right-arm medium pacer, took a wicket apiece.
Hong Kong sits on fourth position with four points from three games, while UAE is one place below with two points from as many games. The two teams face each other again on Wednesday at the same venue.
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