Scotland to play Papua New Guinea next after going down by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi
Chasing 120 for victory, UAE faced an early blow when opener Dan D’Souza was trapped leg before by Gavin Main off the fifth ball of the innings. Mehra and Shorye Chopra consolidated with a second-wicket partnership of 51 before Chopra too was dismissed leg before for 26 by medium pacer Abdul Sabri in the 13th over.
Mehra continued the surge with Shivank Vijayakumar with a third-wicket stand of 37 to take UAE within touching distance of a victory. After putting UAE in the driver’s seat, Mehra was bowled for 41 by Sabri in the 25th over, leaving Vijayakumar and skipper Rohit Singh to take UAE home in 32.1 overs.
Earlier, having chosen to field, UAE picked up wickets at regular intervals to ensure Scotland was unable to build any big partnerships. Skipper Ross McLean was the first to go, bowled for 13 by medium pacer Omer Mohammed. Nick Farrar followed suit in Omer’s next over, nicking one to wicketkeeper Vijayakumar. Wickets kept tumbling and Scotland was reduced to 93 for 8 by the 29th over, with a majority of the batsmen failing to reach double figures.
Chris Sole and Chayank Gosain helped Scotland crawl past the 100-run mark, before eventually folding for a paltry 119 in 37.4 overs.
Omer was the most successful bowler for UAE returning figures of 4 for 24, and was ably supported by medium pacer Pankaj Prakash, who bagged 3 for 45.
UAE will now play New Zealand in the first plate semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday while Scotland faces Papua New Guinea for the first plate playoff a day earlier.