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UAE maintains all-win record, qualifies for Asia Cup

Team earns spot in main draw after victory over Oman on final day of qualifying phase; Afghanistan beats Hong Kong to finish second

UAE maintains all-win record, qualifies for Asia Cup - Cricket News
UAE earns spot in main draw after victory over Oman on final day of qualifying phase
The United Arab Emirates qualified for the Asia Cup T20 after registering a comprehensive win over Oman to top the points table at the end of the qualifying round of matches. UAE beat Oman by 71 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Monday (February 22),.

UAE remained unbeaten in three games and finished on top of the table with six points. Afghanistan, who posted a win over Hong Kong earlier in the day, had needed Oman to beat UAE to qualify.
UAE will now join India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the tournament starting on Wednesday.    
Hong Kong v Afghanistan

At one stage it looked like Hong Kong was well-placed in pursuit of 179 against Afghanistan, but Mohammad Nabi instigated a collapse which saw Tanwir Afzal’s men lose eight wickets for 33 runs, eventually slipping to a 66-run defeat.

Opting to field first, Hong Kong’s bowlers were under pressure, with Najibullah Zadran smashing 60 from 35 balls to lead Afghanistan to 178 for 7 in 20 overs.
The base for a successful run chase was laid by Hong Kong’s openers – Anshuman Rath and Kinchit Shah; but once the side lost Shah and Babar Hayat, the next man in, the Afghanistan bowlers took control and Hong Kong went from 79 for 2 to 112 all out in a span of 43 deliveries.

Mohammad Nabi with his figures of 4 for 17 from four overs was the chief wrecker, but the real damage, as far as Hong Kong was concerned, stemmed from Najibullah’s blade. The middle order batsman, complemented by Asghat Stanikzai, belted four sixes and three fours en route to the game’s highest individual score. Stanikzai, the skipper, came up with a useful 49 from 35 balls. For Hong Kong, Rath, who made 41 from 38 balls, was the most effective.      
United Arab Emirates v Oman

Coming into the game with two comfortable wins, UAE had the wind in its sails and the team made it count, coming through with a 71-run win over Oman. 
Asked to bat, UAE lost Rohan Mustafa early but the next four batsmen added quick runs to guide the side to 172 for 6 from 20 overs. Oman needed to chase the total in 13.5 overs to qualify for the main tournament by beating out both UAE and Afghanistan on net run-rate, but a rush of wickets at the top meant that chase was in trouble from the start. With just 11 runs on the board, Oman was three wickets down. From there on, none of the batsmen could take charge and Oman finished on 101 for 8 from 20 overs.
UAE’s bowlers had a good day, and it had everything to do with how the batsmen had set things up. 
Despite losing Mustafa early, Muhammad Kaleem and Mohammad Shahzad kickstarted the rebuilding process, attacking their way to 50 and 34 respectively. Shaiman Anwar came up with 12 quick runs but it was the 22-ball 46 from Muhammad Usman that put UAE in the driver’s seat. That was despite Aamir Kaleem, the Hong Kong left-arm spinner, returning figures of 4 for 36 from four overs.
Barring Zeeshan Maqsood, none of Oman’s batsmen could make an impression, and UAE’s bowlers maintained a tight line and length throughout. The clinical bowling effort was led by Mohammad Naveed and Qadeer Ahmed, who ripped out the top order and finished with two wickets apiece.  
Maqsood was the pick of the batsmen for Oman, with 46 runs from 42 balls with five fours and a six.