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As it happened: India vs UAE, Asia Cup

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Chasing a modest target of 82, Rohit Sharma (39) and Yuvraj Singh (25*) helped India surpass United Arab Emirates' score in just 10.1 overs in Dhaka.

India innings

Chasing a modest target of 82, Rohit Sharma (39) and Yuvraj Singh (25*) helped India surpass United Arab Emirates’ score in just 10.1 overs in Dhaka.

Four runs. Yuvraj hits another one to finish it off in style. India register a thumping win of nine wickets against UAE to stay unbeaten in the tournament.

Four runs. Another cracking shot from Yuvraj. India need 4 runs in 60 balls.

India need 10 runs in 66 balls.

Four runs. Shikhar Dhawan is still looking scratchy but he manages to play it to third-man boundary. Four more. This time he has middled it to deep mid wicket. India need 20 runs in 72 balls.

Four runs. Cracking shot from Yuvraj to extra-cover boundary.

India need 35 runs in 78 balls.

OUT! Rohit Sharma falls to Qadeer Ahmed for 39. India 43/1 in 6 overs.

Chasing a modest total, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a strong start after an all-round bowling performance restricted UAE for just 81/9.

India need 49 runs in 91 balls to win the match.

Four runs. Rohit pulls it to deep midwicket. Four more. he is on fire.

Four and a six from Rohit Sharma off Amjad Javed. Four more. What a shot! Plays it to deep midwicket.

Big appeal for LBW against Shikhar Dhawan off Mohammed Naveed, not given. India need 74 runs.

Good over from Amjad Javed. Just two runs came off it. India 7/0 in 2 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are opening the batting for India. Mohammad Naveed starts the over with three dot ball. Four runs. Rohit plays it to cover boundary. India 5/0 in overs (chasing 82).

UAE Innings

End of 20 overs: UAE 81 for 9. Bhuvneshwar ends with two wickets, while a wicket apiece for the other five bowlers used by Dhoni besides two run-outs, as the UAE struggle to match India’s bowling prowess despite Shaiman Anwar’s 43 in the inconsequential Asia Cup tie.

80/7 in 19 overs.

Anwar launches into Bumrah straight! SIX, first of the innings for UAE.

18 overs gone, two left. UAE 71 for 7. Shaiman Anwar fighting a lone battle there batting at 36* off 42 balls.

It’s a procession and looks like we will have the second under-100 total of the tournament. A run-out and UAE 66 for 7. Fahad Tariq is taking the walk back for 3 after a comedy of errors.

And now Harbhajan gets among the wickets. Negi returns the favour by taking the catch. Amjad Javed is walking back with a duck. UAE 53/5 in 13.2 overs.

Wicket for debutant Negi! Usman gone for 9 as Harbhajan takes the catch. UAE 51/4 in 13 overs.

13th over: Shaiman Anwar is playing on a different surface here, hits his second boundary to reach 25 in 30 balls. And a couple from Usman brings up UAE fifty.

12th over: Dhoni appeals for a stumping, umpires goes upstairs, no problem with Harbhajan’s foot, but there’s definitely something behind the line. Mohammad Usman (6) can breathe easy. NOT OUT

Sorry for the delayed updated. Technical glitch held us up. During this brief absence, Pandya has struck to get India their third wicket. And Harbhajan has also been pressed into action. UAE 33/3 in 10 overs.

The Powerplay of 6 overs yielded 21 runs for the UAE and 2 wickets for India. Hardik Pandya is into the attack now.

End of 5 overs: The UAE innings is moving nowhwere; in fact, 15/2 is the same pattern that most Powerplays in this tournament have followed so far.

4th over: Simple catch for Raina in the slips as Bumrah induces an edge off Mohammad Shahzad (0) to split open UAE. 2/2 in 3.3 overs.

FIRST WICKET! Bhuvneswhar removes Patil off a simple return catch as the batsman tried to flick a good length delivery. Gone for one. UAE 1/1 in 2.4 overs.

2nd over: Bumrah is on the money like always. Just one off his first over. 1/0

1st over: Disciplined start by Bhuvi, including a close LBW shout. He should enjoy the swing on offer here. Starts with a maiden. 0/0

Bhuvneshwar will open bowling for India. Rohan Mustafa and Swapnil Patil opening batting for the Emirates team.

6:55 a.m. The teams observed a minute’s silence in the memory of New Zealand great Martin Crowe who died early today, losing his battle with cancer. And all the players are wearing black armbands.

PLAYING XIs:

INDIA: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk/capt), Hardik Pandya, Pawan Negi, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

UAE: Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Kaleem, Mohammad Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Usman, Amjad Javed (capt), Swapnil Patil (wk), Mohammad Naveed, Qadeer Ahmed, Fahad Tariq, Ahmed Raza

TEAM NEWS: Plenty of changes for India, and as expected three players have been rested. Negi replaces Jadeja, Harbhajan comes in for Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar for Nehra. UAE have made one change – Usman Mushtaq makes way for Qadeer Ahmed.

TOSS: UAE win the toss and will bat first.

BIG DAY FOR PAWAN NEGI! Gets his cap from Ravi Shastri!


6:20 p.m. Both Pawan Negi and Harbhajan Singh have been waiting on the bench for so long now. With a place in the final in the bag, Dhoni might give both, or at least one of them, a chance today.

6:15 p.m. With 3/3 wins, India were the first to book their place in the final, where they will now meet giant-killing hosts Bangladesh, who upset Pakistan to oust them as well as defending champions Sri Lanka.

6:05 p.m. Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Asia Cup 2016 match between India and United Arab Emirates. It’s a dead rubber as far as Asia Cup is concerned, but an opportunity for India to tests their bench strength.

Pre-match: India’s Twenty20 form is getting better by the day. After beating Australia and Sri Lanka comfortably in the shortest format of the game, India registered three comprehensive wins in the Asia Cup to stamp their authority.

The table toppers will now face bottom-placed United Arab Emirates (UAE) in match nine of the tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday and India will aim to maintain their all-win record in their final group game.

The match is also an opportunity for India to test their bench strength before the mega World Twenty20, which is starting in India later this month.

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