Team India achieved a spectacular victory in the one-sided match against UAE on ICC World Cup 2015
The Defending Champion of ICC World Cup, India, faced the United Arab Emirates in the 21st match of this seasons World cup on 28th February, 2015 at the Perth ground which is the third Pool B encounter of both the teams. India had a massive expectation from their fans and supporters to easily defeat the UAE, whereas UAE had the advantage of lack of expectations from their fans while facing big teams. The Arabians had nothing to lose as they were already defeated by two teams in their previous encounters in the World Cup 2015. Most of Sports Media, including our Sporteology.com, thought that a marvelous fight against India would be as good as a win for UAE. While India started the match with huge confidence as they had defeated two of the strongest teams in this year’s world cup, i.e. Team Pakistan and the super-strong “Proteas” South Africa.
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India, in their last encounter with the UAE on July 16, 2004, won the match easily with a margin of 116 runs where UAE was clean swept under 144 runs in 35 overs while chasing India’s 260/6. Before the third match of both the teams, UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir described this match as their best bet and stated “We know they are big stars, but we will take this game like the last previous two games. The intensity is going to be the same, and we’ll take it like just another game. We will not be intimidated by their names or their status.” Many Arabian eyes were on Shaiman Anwar as he had scored a fifty and a century in two matches and emerged as one of the best prospect of his national side.
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A 130-run victory against New Zealand, and a 76-run triumph against Pakistan on the very first match, made the Team Blue one of the most confident contender of the ICC World Cup 2015. Spotlight was on Umesh Yadav as one of the best bowlers of current Indian team, Mohammed Shami, was ruled out of today’s face-off due to a minor knee injury. India’s media manager RN Baba declared a day before the match, “Mohammed Shami got a mild left-knee problem and had ultrasound-guided injection yesterday,” which made it clear about Shami’s absence from this match where India had no fear while facing small teams such as UAE as they had backup bowler like medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, left-arm spinner Axar Patel and seam-bowling all-rounder Stuart Binny. After endless strategy discussion within the Indian team, team blue picked Bhuvneshwar as their best choice.
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UAE won the toss and elected to bat first and the crowed gave a welcome treat with their cheers to the UAE openers, Amjad Ali and Andri Berenger. But India took control from the beginning of the match and showed both the openers the route to the pavilion within fifth over. The UAE team started to get devastated by the strong Indian bowling and continued to lose their wickets rapidly. Within twentieth over they lost 6 wickets with just 52 runs. 4th down player Shaiman Anwar tried his best to keep patience and roll the scoreboard of UAE while the opposite side wickets showed no end-point of falling radically. UAE lost their 9th wicket in the 24th over in just 71 runs and the crowd started expecting from team India to demolish the UAE fewer than 100 runs. Then again Shaiman tried his best to put a decent score for India to chase.
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The UAE innings was finished in 32nd over with the fall of Shaiman’s wicket who faced 49 balls and scored 35 runs which is the highest among UAE batsmen in the match, and was decorated with 6 fours. Shami’s replacement Bhuvneshwar took 1 wicket in his 5 over spell with an economy rate of 3.8. Ravichandran Ashwin achieved the best bowling performance of his life with 4 wickets while giving just 25 runs in his 10 over spell with an economy rate of 2.5. Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets while Mohit Sharma got one. Umesh Yadav on the other hand finished UAE’s innings in his third ball of the sixth over of his spell with an economy rate of 2.30 while getting 2 wickets. UAE on this match broke their previous record of lowest ODI total of 123 against Sri Lanka in 2004.
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India began their innings with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Team India started batting confidently but lost the wicket of Dhawan in 7th over as he faced a great delivery from Mohammad Naveed. Dhawan made 14 runs with 3 fours and the spectacular batsman Virat Kohli came onto ground after his wicket. India made 88 runs with just 1 wicket down before the innings break after 16th over. Rohit Sharma achieved his half century after the brief break and Kohli also showed his soundness with the bat. The duo made no rush to keep the scoreboard rolling for Team India. Kohli made 100 runs in total for India with a splendid late cut between third slip and gully. Tauqir came to ball in 19th over with Sharma on the batting end. The first four balls of that over were dot but Sharma danced down the track to the fifth ball after made a marvelous boundary to achieve victory with 187 balls remaining.
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India vs UAE ICC world cup 2015 Statistics
UAE Batting First Innings
|Amjad Ali||c MS Dhoni b B Kumar||4||12||0||0||33.33|
|Andri Berenger||c MS Dhoni b U Yadav||4||9||1||0||44.44|
|Krishna Chandran||c S Raina b R Ashwin||4||27||0||0||14.81|
|Khurram Khan||c S Raina b R Ashwin||14||28||1||0||50|
|Swapnil Patil||c S Dhawan b R Ashwin||7||19||1||0||36.84|
|Shaiman Anwar||b U Yadav||35||49||6||0||71.42|
|Rohan Mustafa||lbw b M Sharma||2||12||0||0||16.66|
|Amjad Javed||c S Raina b R Jadeja||2||5||0||0||40|
|Mohammad Naveed||b R Ashwin||6||7||0||1||85.71|
|Mohammad Tauqir||b R Jadeja||1||5||0||0||20|
|Manjula Guruge||Not Out||10||16||1||0||62.5|
India Bowling First Innings
|Bowler||Over||Maiden||Run||Wicket||Economy Rate||No Ball||Wide|
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India Batting Second Innings
|Rohit Sharma||Not Out||57||55||10||1||103.63|
|Shikhar Dhawan||c R Mustafa b M Naveed||14||17||3||0||82.35|
|Virat Kohli||Not Out||33||41||5||0||80.48|
UAE Bowling Second Innings
|Bowler||Over||Maiden||Run||Wicket||Economy Rate||No Ball||Wide|
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Toss: UAE won the toss and elected to bat
Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL)
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ), Michael Gough (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG)
Man of the Match: Ravichandran Ashwin