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Australia opener D’Arcy Short hammered an unbeaten 68 to lead his side to a convincing seven-wicket win in the one-off Twenty20 International against the United Arab Emirates.
Opting to bat first, UAE were dealt a big blow on the third ball of the match as opener Ashfaq Ahmed was dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile for a duck.
Captain Rohan Mustafa also failed to trouble the scorers as he was clean bowled by Billy Stanlake for a golden duck.
Chirag Suri was the next to go as he was sent packing by Stanlake for 13.
Rameez Shahzad and Shaiman Anwar halted Australia’s charge with a 53-run partnership before Shahzad was caught by Australia captain Aaron Finch at cover of the bowling of Coulter-Nile for 22.
Anwar went on to score a 44-ball 41, which included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was cleaned up by Andrew Tye.
Thanks to Anwar and Mohammad Naveed’s unbeaten 27 off 13 balls, UAE finished on 117/6.
Coulter-Nile and Stanlake picked up two wickets apiece, while Tye chipped in with one.
Chasing 118 to win, Australia lost Finch early on as he was removed by Amir Hayat for one run.
Chris Lynn made a quickfire 20 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Hayat.
Short and Glenn Maxwell added 43 runs to the score before Maxwell was dismissed by Imran Haider for 18.
That was to be UAE’s last taste of success as Short led Australia across the finish line with his unbeaten 68, which came off 53 balls and included eight boundaries.
Hayat was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Haider claimed one.
Short was named Man of the Match.