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Anwar ton takes UAE to comfortable win

Batsman hits 102 as Canada falls 46 runs short of UAE's 269-4
Shaiman Anwar, the right-hand batsman, hit 102 not out off 109 balls to lead the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a comfortable 46-run win over Canada in a World Cricket League Championship encounter at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground in King City on Tuesday (August 6). Canada was all out for 223 in 46.5 overs after UAE had put up a sizeable 269-4 in 50 overs.

Put in to bat, UAE did not get off to the best of starts, losing Arshad Ali, the opener, at the end of the fifth over, with only 17 runs on the board. The top-order batsmen did not make much of an impact, failing to capitalise on starts, and it was only after Anwar's arrival at 54-3 in 12 overs that the innings stabilised. Anwar hit nine boundaries and three sixes in his innings, receiving ample support from Swapnil Pati (43), and Rohan Mustafa (68 not out off 61). Mustafa, who hit five boundaries and two sixes, stayed with Anwar till the end as the innings finished on a high. 

Canada never looked like achieving the target. None of the batsmen managed to successfully convert their starts, as the UAE bowlers made frequent inroads. Ruvindu Gunasekara, the opener, and Usman Limbada, who came in at No.5, both hit half-centuries, but neither could go on to get a big score. Jimmy Hansara provided some entertainment towards the end, scoring a quick 31 off 28 balls, but by then it was too late.  

Mohammad Naveed was the pick of the UAE bowlers, as he dissected the Canadian top-order, returning figures of 4-39, off in 7.5 overs. 

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