Mohammed Shahzad stars with bat and ball as UAE XI defeat England Lions

Amjad Javed and Mohammed Shahzad took three wickets apiece and Swapnil Patil hit a half-century to lead a UAE XI to a two wicket victory against England Lions at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Mohammed Shahzad took three wickets and scored 35 runs as UAE Xi beat England Lions. Pawan Singh / The National
Mohammed Shahzad took three wickets and scored 35 runs as UAE Xi beat England Lions. Pawan Singh / The National

Amjad Javed and Mohammed Shahzad took three wickets apiece and Swapnil Patil hit a half-century to lead a UAE XI to a two wicket victory against England Lions at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

Batting first, England Lions posted 222 from their 50 overs, with Hampshire batsman James Vince top-scoring with 58.

The visitors were on the ropes when the UAE reduced them to 97-6, although a brisk 57 from Somerset’s Jamie Overton at the bottom of the order stabilised the England innings.

In reply, the UAE got off to the ideal start, posting a half-century stand between openers Mohammed Kaleem (37) and Shahzad (35) before Laxman Sreekumar (34) and Patil (50) took the hosts to 164-3.

A faltering middle order allowed England Lions back into the contest as the UAE were reduced to 185-5 before a 38-run partnership from Rohan Mustafa (20) and Ahmed Raza saw the home side over the line with two balls to spare.

The UAE’s victory ensures the two warm-up games end with one win each as England Lions now prepare to face Pakistan A in a five-match series.

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Published: January 16, 2016 04:00 AM

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