In a classic case of a big full member bullying an associate, Australia thumped UAE in their first ever T20I encounter by seven wickets and with 23 balls to spare on Monday (October 22).
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, things got to the worst possible start for the hosts, with Nathan Coulter-Nile, on his comeback, striking off the very third ball of the match to get rid of Ashfaq Ahmed, before Billy Stanlake ripped out skipper Rohan Mustafa's stumps with a searing yorker to reduce them to 0 for 2. Chirag Suri (13 off 20 balls) couldn't last long either, looking to break the shackles as he looked to drive Stanlake on the up, only to chip it straight to cover.
Rameez Shahzad and Shaiman Anwar did try to steady the ship with a 53-run stand, but they just couldn't get the necessary acceleration they'd have hoped for, falling in quick succession. Had it not been for Mohammad Naveed's pyrotechnics at the end, where UAE managed 35 runs in the final three overs, things could've been a lot more embarrassing.
A target of 118 on a flat track was never going to be much of a challenge for the fancied Australian batting lineup. D'Arcy Short made sure it wasn't. After Finch fell early, Chris Lynn provided good impetus with a quickfire 13-ball 20. Short, who until then was getting his eye in, stepped up the scoring rate once Lynn fell and stitched up good partnerships with Glenn Maxwell and debutant Ben McDermott to bring up his fourth T20I half-century. He finished with an unbeaten 68, scoring nearly sixty-percent of his side's runs in the process.
Brief scores: UAE117/6 in 20 overs (Shaiman Anwar 41,Mohammad Naveed 27; Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-20, Billy Stanlake 2-20) lost to Australia119/3 in 16.1 overs (D'Arcy Short 68*, Chris Lynn 20; Amir Hayat 2-26) by 7 wickets
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