first_imgD’Arcy Short’s unbeaten 53-ball 68 helped Australia chase down a paltry target of 118 from 16.1 overs against United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the one-off T20I at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1 in Abu Dhabi.For Australia, it was more of a practice game ahead of their three-match T20I series against Pakistan but for UAE, it was a chance to impress the big boys and they didn’t do that bad they would like to believe.Batting first, UAE lost early wickets and they couldn’t recover from it. The home side were two down without getting a run on the board in the first two overs. Both Ashfaq Ahmed and captain Rohan Mustafa being dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake respectively.Soon after, Chirag Suri fell for a a 20-ball 13 to become Stanlake’s second victim as UAE were reduced to 17/3.For a while thereafter it was a matter of ensuring the slide didn’t turn into a full-blown implosion. Rameez Shahzad and Shaiman Anwar managed to do that, putting on a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket.Shahzad was happy rotating strike and running between wickets, but Anwar was a lot more adventurous — his 44-ball 41 comprised three fours and two sixes, and had he hung around for a bit longer, UAE might have ended up with a bigger total.As it turned out, both batsmen fell in quick succession — Shahzad (22 off 33) became Coulter-Nile’s second victim, and Anwar became Andrew Tye’s first.At 82/5 in the 18th over, there was a real risk of the home side being restricted to below 100, but Mohammad Naveed came in at No.7 and hammered a 13-ball 27, including two fours and as many sixes.advertisementIt boosted UAE’s total, but it was never going to be much of a threat to Australia, even after Amir Hayat, the medium-pacer, had captain Aaron Finch dismissed for a six-ball 1. The big-hitting Chris Lynn was also sent back for a 13-ball 20 as was Glenn Maxwell (18 off 16), but all the while, Short kept things steady at one end.Short ensured the run-rate never suffered. He added 26 with Lynn, 43 with Maxwell, and soon brought up his half-century — his fourth in T20Is — off just 41 deliveries.It didn’t take the visitors long to bring up the winning runs the debutant Ben McDermott had that honour — with Short finishing his 53-ball knock with eight fours.The first T20I against Pakistan will be played at the same venue on Thursday.last_img

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