UAE 160/3 (18.4 overs) (Muhammad Waseem 112; Josh Little 2-17) beat Ireland (159 a.o.) (Harry Tector 50; Zahoor Khan 3-29) by seven wickets.
Sometimes someone just has your number. Muhammad Waseem has had just 12 T20 innings in his young international career. Two of those have been centuries and both have come against Ireland, the latter in a seven wicket victory for the UAE that sees them win this T20 World Cup qualifying tournament.
Ireland have had three T20I centuries hit against them in their history, and two of those have now come from Waseem. What’s more, this UAE side has now beaten the boys in green in five consecutive games.
Waseem’s innings was simply magnificent, striking eight sixes and seven further boundaries as he ended up on 112 (66), falling agonisingly short of hitting the winning runs when he smashed Andy McBrine straight to Andrew Balbirnie at extra cover. The one silver lining for him was that it at least ensured he got to walk off …