Ashfaq, Shabber hand UAE series sweep

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Ashfaq Ahmed smashed a career-best 75 while Ghulam Shabber hit 58* – his first T20I half-century – to lead United Arab Emirates to a seven-wicket win against Netherlands in the fourth match, completing a 4-0 series sweep.

Ashfaq ended the series with scores of 54, 25, 26 and 75 – having never got into double figures in six previous T20Is.

Netherlands captain Pieter Seelaar won the toss and chose to bat, but while there were several useful contributions by the home side’s batsmen, nobody carried on to get a big score. Netherlands ended up with 150 for 6 in their 20 overs. Each of the top six got into double figures, and four crossed 25, but none made higher than 28.

Opener Max O’Dowd got the game off to a brisk start, and by the time he fell for a 21-ball 28, Netherlands had 46 in five overs. However, that would remain the highest stand of the innings. Stephan Myburgh and Seelaar both made 25, and Antonius Staal’s unbeaten 28 off 16 gave the innings fillip at the death, but Netherlands couldn’t really kick on in the middle.

Ashfaq had a good first half too, giving up just 20 runs in four overs and castling Myburgh, to be the most economical among the UAE bowlers. Sultan Ahmed bagged 2 for 29, the best figures of the innings.

In UAE’s chase, Zawar Farid fell in the second over, but thereafter Ashfaq and Shabber got together in a partnership that put the match beyond Netherlands. The two put on 111 runs in just 14.3 overs, with both men scoring freely. Ashfaq’s wicket broke the partnership, but not before he had hit 11 fours and two sixes in a 53-ball innings. Muhammad Usman fell three balls later, but Shabber stayed the course to steer his team home in 19.4 overs.

For Netherlands, the wicket-takers were Vivian Kingma, Hidde Overdijk, and Phillippe Boissevain.

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