Australia beat United Arab Emirates by seven wickets in their one-off T20 International, held in Abu Dhabi.
Prior to the match, Australia made wholesale changes to the side that were thrashed so convincingly on the same ground just a few days before, with Aaron Finch, who assumed the captaincy, the sole survivor.
It was the UAE who won the toss and decided to bat, a decision they might have rued when they lost opener Ashfaq Ahmed off just the third ball of the day, caught by D’Arcy Short off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile without scoring. Then in the following over, and still without a run having been scored, captain Rohan Mustafa was bowled by Billy Stanlake. Chirag Suri reached 13, but then he fell to Stanlake, caught by Ben McDermott.
From 17 – 3, the UAE staged a recovery, thanks to a 53 run partnership between Rameez Shahzad and Shaiman Anwar, which was ended when Shahzad was caught by Finch off Coulter Nile for 22. Next to fall was Anwar, top-scoring with 41, who was bowled by Andrew Tye, having struck 2 sixes in his innings. Ghulam Shabeer and Mohammad Naveed then added 35, before Shabeer was run out off the last ball of the innings for 8. Naveed was unbeaten on 27, but having only reached 1117 – 6, the UAE knew that their total was too small to easily defend.
They did though enjoy early success with the Australian openers, removing Finch for just a single in the second over, caught by Anwar off the bowling of Amir Hayat. Short and Chris Lynn add 26, but then Lynn gave Hayat a second wicket, as he was caught by Shabeer for 20. Short and Glenn Maxwell then shared a stand of 43 which effectively ended the UAE hopes of victory. Maxwell perished for 18, caught by Ahmed Raza off the bowling of Imran Haider, but then McDermott joined Short at the crease, and the visitors cruised to victory, reaching their target with almost 4 overs to spare.
McDermott was 10 not out at the end, whilst Short delivered a man of the match performance with an undefeated 68, which included 6 fours.