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Asia cup: Malik smashes unbeaten 63 as Pakistan beats UAE by 7 wickets

Shoaib Malik smashed 63 not out as Pakistan survived an early stumble in its run chase to beat United Arab Emirates by seven wickets in the Asia Cup on Monday.

cricket Updated: Mar 01, 2016 10:05 IST
Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (L) plays a shot as United Arab Emirates' wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil (R) looks on.
Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (L) plays a shot as United Arab Emirates' wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil (R) looks on.(AFP)

Shoaib Malik smashed 63 not out as Pakistan survived an early stumble in its run chase to beat United Arab Emirates by seven wickets in the Asia Cup on Monday.

UAE made 129-6 in its 20 overs after opting to bat first before Pakistan reached the winning total with 131-3 in 18.4 overs.

Malik was aided by Umar Akmal, who hit an unbeaten 50. The duo combined for a T20 record fourth-wicket partnership of 114 after Pakistan was reduced to 17-3. The previous record was held by Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan who shared an unbeaten 112 for England against Pakistan in 2010.

UAE medium-fast bowler Amjad Javed claimed 3-36 after scoring a fluent 27 not out to pace the UAE innings.

Swinging the ball at considerable pace against the over-casual Pakistan top order, Javed struck twice in his first over - dismissing Sharjeel Khan (4) and Khurram Manzoor (0). He then raised the prospect of an upset victory by removing Mohammad Hafeez for 11 in his next over.

Malik, aided by Akmal, steered the side through a torrid period, playing sensible shots.

The outcome could have been different had Usman Mushtaq not dropped Malik off Mohammad Shahzad when he was on 41. Malik then smacked a consecutive four and six to reach his fifth T20 half-century.

Malik clobbered seven fours and three sixes in his 63 runs off 49 balls, while Umar Akmal had two fours and hit three sixes in the 46 balls he faced during his 8th T20 half century.

Earlier, Shaiman Anwar steadied the UAE innings after it was reduced to 12-3. All three Pakistani pacers - Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Sami - shared the wickets in triggering UAE’s collapse.

Anwar hit five fours and two sixes in his 42-ball 46.

Amir finished with 2-6 and Irfan 2-30.