It took Australia just 16.1 overs and a loss of three wickets to chase down UAE’s total in the one-off game between the two teams that had been organised almost as an after-thought.
Australia, who are on a tour of UAE to take on Pakistan in two Tests and three T20Is, got the much-needed practice for the remaining games as they eased to a win in this one-off game played at Abu Dhabi.
UAE could muster up just 117/6 batting first as they struggled against the Aussie quicks and against a strong batting lineup that was never going to be enough. They did find some joy in picking up three Australian wickets before they managed to to the target but D’Arcy Short’s pumelling 68 ensured the chase was going to be a quick affair.
Earlier, the hosts were reduced to 0/2 by Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake, as Ashfaq Ahmed and captain Rohan Mustafa fell without scoring. Chirag Suri, who holds the distinction of being the first UAE player selected in the IPL, only managed to stem the wickets flow for a while before Stanlake accounted for him too and UAE were reduced to 17/3 in the sixth.
It was a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket between Rameez Shahzad and Shaiman Anwar that prevented a total disaster with the latter scoring the team’s highest 41. Unfortunately for UAE, however, the runs took their own time coming, with that partnership needing nearly 10 overs.
By the time Shahzad was gone, it looked like even 110 was a distant dream and only thanks to a quickfire 13-ball 27 off the Mohammad Naveed bat did UAE force their way to 117.
Aamir Hayat accounted for captain Aaron Finch early in the chase, and soon after, even Chris Lynn was dismissed by the same bowler to be reduced to 32/2 in 5.2 overs. Glenn Maxwell, unceremoniously dropped from the Test squad, managed to push the Aussie score up to 75 before falling Imran Haider but that was all the success that UAE would get.
Short completed the win in the 17th over and with seven wickets to spare.
The three-match T20I series against Pakistan begins from Wednesday, October 24.