Put into bat by UAE, the defending World T20 champions could manage only 129 for eight in 20 overs with only Dinesh Chandimal (50) making a significant contribution.

But skipper Lasith Malinga dealt twin blows in the very first over with two block-hole deliveries to peg back UAE, who only managed 115 for 9 in their stipulated overs. The target was a small one but UAE’s inexperience against big teams was the main factor in not being able to chase down a small total.

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In a match that never rose to dizzy heights, the only notable incident was pacer Dushmantha Chameera being barred from completing the final over of the innings for bowling two beamers which is illegal as per rules. It was Angelo Mathews who completed the formalities. The batsmen, even after recovering from the top-order damage, never went for the chase.

Within the first five overs, UAE lost four wickets with seasoned duo of Malinga (4/26 in 4 overs) and Nuwan Kulasekara (3/10 in 4 overs) sharing the spoils. With half of the team being back in the dug-out before the total reaching even 40, it was virtually impossible for the qualifiers to make a match out of it.

 

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