Bowlers give Bangladesh 51-run win over UAE

Bangladesh kept taking wickets to help itself to a 51-run victory over United Arab Emirates in an Asia Cup encounter in Mirpur. Chasing 133 for a win, UAE was bowled out for 82 in the 18th over.

Mahmudullah (right) scored a responsible 36, and then chipped in with a couple of wickets.   -  AP

Mohammad Naveed dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza.   -  AP

Mohammad Mithun top scored for Bangladesh with 47.   -  AP

Seamers Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman, and spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah took two wickets each to contribute significantly in getting United Arab Emirates (UAE) bowled out for 82 in its chase of 133, as Bangladesh won its second match of the Asia Cup by 51 runs in Mirpur. The home team limped along to 132 for 7 in its 20 overs after an effective bowling performance from UAE, but Mortaza and Co. fizzled UAE's chase - reducing it to 46 for 7 - before it acquired any momentum.

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Batting first, Bangladesh failed to make use of a breezy start and suffered a middle-order collapse. Mahmudullah, at No. 6, held fort and eventually finished with an unbeaten 36 to get Bangladesh towards the total it could defend. Seamers Mohammad Naveed and Amjad Javed eroded Bangladesh's middle order, taking two wickets each.

The start provided by Bangladesh's openers Mohammad Mithun and Soumya Sarkar, however, seemed to promise a blistering innings. After 46 runs were put on by them in 5.2 overs, the run-rate slowed and wickets started to fall. Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah featured in a recovery partnership of 29 in 4.5 overs, but three wickets fell for two runs towards the end of the innings to leave Bangladesh struggling at 114 for 7 in the 19th over. A six, a four, and a couple of braces in the last over took the total beyond 130.

UAE had inserted Bangladesh in after bowling first. Imrul Kayes, the Bangladesh opener, was omitted for Nurul Hasan in its line-up, while UAE played with the same side.