#CWC15: Ashwin bowls India to easy win over UAE

MATCH 21: India proved too dominant in all departments as they raced to a comfortable victory over the United Arab Emirates by 9 wickets with 187 balls to spare.

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UAE’s captain, Mohammad Tauqir won the toss and opted to post a score, but his batsmen let him down and were bowled out for 102, a lowest World Cup against India score, inside 32 overs.

“We had quite a few plans, and in these conditions we had to stick to them,” said India captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “Bowlers have stepped up and I feel the batsmen have also been good. When you lose games outside the sub continent we were worried, but now we are seeing wickets with the new ball and the spinners in the middle overs are now able to put pressure on the batsmen.”

Rohit Sharma bounced back to form with a half century for India

R Ashwin took a career best 4 for 25 from ten unchanged overs and India must have had an early dinner reservation. They were a team in a hurry, notching the required runs in 18.5 overs as India put nine toes into the tournament’s quarter-finals.

Shikhar Dhawan (14) was the only Indian to be dismissed to a fine leaping catch by Rohan Mustafa at point, but Rohit Sharma (57*) and Virat Kohli (33*) never looked back.

The UAE had previously impressed in the tournament with narrow defeats to Zimbabwe and Ireland, but today they were outclassed. Shaiman Anwar, fresh from his century against the Irish, made a nice looking 35 and added 31 for the last wicket with Guruge to push UAE past three figures.

Umesh Yadav took 2 for 15 as he beat Andri Berenger for pace as he attempted a pull in his opening spell of 1 for 7 in five overs. He returned later to end Anwar’s resistence, and the match, as he bowled the right-hander.

Amjad Ali, the other opener, also fell on the pull to Bhuvnneshwar Kumar and then Ashwin took control in a game that never saw the Indians stretched.

“We did not get a par score and we were outplayed by India who bowled well,” said UAE’s skipper Tauqir. “We should have got 200-plus.

“Ashwin bowled brilliantly and we couldn’t cope with his turn and bounce. The top order need to be responsible and score our runs, we need to stick to our basics and bat all 50 overs.”

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