Second victory for UAE in World Cup qualifying
Two days after being run out for a duck, United Arab Emirates opener Amjad Ali proved to be one of the heroes for his team as they overcame Canada in the World Cup qualifying tournament today.
The left-hand batsman struck nine fours and a six in his innings of 91 at Rangiora as UAE made it two wins from two with an 80-run triumph.
Ali combined for a pivotal 130-run second-wicket stand with skipper Khurram Khan, who went on to score 88.
That dominant partnership paved the way for the UAE, who ended up posting 286 for six, batting first.
Needing 5.74 per over in reply, Canada needed to make a strong start, but their run chase began horribly.
They lost three quick wickets to be in tatters at nine for three.
Captain Jimmy Hansra and Raza-ur-Rehman set about repairing the innings, adding 89 for the fourth wicket.
Hansra notched a valiant 100 not out from 119 balls, but Canada were always well and truly behind the required scoring rate.
Mohammad Naveed and Khan stood out with the ball nabbing two wickets apiece for the UAE.
United Arab Emirates 286-6 in 50 overs (A Ali 91, K Khan 88, S Patel 36; K Chohan 3-65) beat Canada 206-6 in 50 overs (J Hansra 100 no, R ur-Rehman 43; M Naveed 2-36, K Khan 2-35) by 80 runs.