Thatscricket - News - UAE flounders after bright start against Namibia
Published: Friday, July 13, 2001, 0:00 [IST]
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Toronto: Namibia took a giant stride towards qualifying for the final of the ICC Trophy after its 69-run victory against the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.UAE, chasing 180 for victory, brought up 50 without loss in 34 balls and was 52 for no loss, but lost 10 wickets for 65 runs to be bowled out for 117 in 34.3 overs.A succession of rash strokes saw most of the top order batsmen contribute to their own downfall. The chief beneficiary was Louis Burger, who took four for 25 in 10 overs to add to his earlier 40 not out.Fellow pace bowler Burton Van Rooi finished off things at the other end, taking a wicket with his first ball and two in two balls on his way to four for 18 in five overs.UAE openers Baber Malik and Arshad Ali began in blistering fashion - Malik's first three scoring shots were fours, the first an edge off Bjorn Kotze, the next two balls thumped through the covers. Kotze's opening three overs went fo 26.Malik was severe on anything short, one four off Rudi Scholtz magnificently pulled for four when only marginally short of good length.The helmetless Ali too had played some classy shots, including a couple of fine cover-drives, when on 13 he was hit on the head by a bouncer from Kotze. Neither he nor the innings fully recovered. Malik on 32 holed out to long on when well set and wickets tumbled. Ali was brilliantly run out for 19 by a direct hit from Riaan Walters and Namibia were on their way.Khuram Khan tried to fight back with 26 before he was last man out but UAE could not get back on terms against an attack well supported by wicket-keeper Melt van Schoor, who took three catches.Earlier almost a fine a fielding performance, spearheaded by fast bowler Ahmed Nadeem, saw UAE restrict Namibia to 179 for seven from 50 overs.Namibia captain and opening batsman Daniel Keulder's 84 stood alone as a decent contribution until number seven Burger took the team towards a defendable score with an unbeaten 40 from 42 balls including one six and three fours. Nadeem was the pick of the attack with three for 22 from 10 overs. He dismissed Keulder when with the first ball of his comeback over he clean bowled him middle stump as he went down the wicket to drive. Keulder faced 124 balls with one six and seven fours.After losing the toss Namibia soon lost batsmen too, three wickets falling for 21 runs in 12 overs. Walters had made five when he was well caught in the gully by Mahmood Pir Buksh off the pacy Nadeem.A gusty wind at the Ajax Cricket Club ground made driving difficult with the ball holding up in the breeze.Stephanus Swanepoel was next out, a loose drive seeing him edge behind on four off Nadeem, wicket-keeper Mohammad Nadeem diving forward to claim the low catch.Namibia was 14 for two in the seventh over with the accurate and lively Nadeem taking two for six in four overs.At the other end left-armer Asim Saeed provided good support and his opening spell was rewarded with a wicket when Gavin Murgatroyd (three) was caught behind.Keulder meanwhile had been driving forcefully against the faster bowlers and when the spinners came on he took advantage of some short deliveries. His 50 came off 87 balls including six fours.Both Deon Kotze (eight from 42 balls) and van Schoor (15 from 44 balls) grafted away but each scored too slowly and so put extra pressure on Keulder. The latter, however, helped Keulder put on 51 in 15 overs for the fifth wicket.UAE missed an opportunity top dismiss the Namibia dangerman when on 59, Keulder went down the wicket against Mohammad Tauqeer only for Mohammad Nadeem to miss the stumping.