About the Match
India finally came out of the jinx and defeated South Africa for the first time in a world cup match last weekend to prove that they are ready to defend the title; the men in blue will go up against United Arab Emirates, who are yet to win a match, on 28th Feb at Perth. The team from the middle-east suffered defeat against Ireland recently and Zimbabwe earlier on; India on the other hand is on a high with two straight wins and is presently at the top of the table with 4 points. While the defending champions will definitely come out all guns blazing to continue with their winning momentum, UAE is also geared up to display its strength with a better performance on Saturday.
Shikhar Dhawan finally had his day of glory as he scored a magnificent 137 off 146 deliveries to thrust India to 307 runs at a time when Rohit Sharma and Kohli, after posting a well-made 46, had returned to the stands. Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 79 off 60, displayed class as he supported Dhawan at the other end to help rotate the strike and blasted away sixes and fours when the opportunity came by. The duo built the innings and though the score seemed a bit low, the bowlers came good as they demolished the Protean batting line-up with conviction. Shami’s pace earned him 2-30 in eight overs while Mohit Sharma took two crucial wickets; Ashwin performed well with a figure of 3-41 while Jadeja too picked up a wicket and helped the team register the big win by 130 runs. Against Pakistan too, it was a well-rounded effort from batsmen as well as bowlers; the players are confident and motivated to do well in the upcoming matches. They will not take UAE lightly and are ready to face challenges under any situation to progress in the coming days.
It was a good performance by the batsmen and bowlers against Ireland but the score of 278 was just not enough to restrict the opponents; batting first, Amjad Ali and Khurram Khan tried to build the innings but with 2 quick wickets falling, it was left to the middle order to toil hard. Shaiman Anwar came to the rescue with a brilliant 106 off 83 to get the scoreboard moving with help from Amjad Javed, who scored 42 runs down the order; Javed also took 3 wickets giving away 6 runs per over but it wasn’t enough to stop the likes of Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson. Tauqir and Naveed contributed with 2 wickets each but they lost the close contest by 2 wickets. While the defeat must be heart-breaking for the team, they will definitely not stop trying; the batsmen show good promise to deliver on Saturday and with good fielding and some luck, they might just surprise themselves on Saturday.
India has gained huge momentum with two wins so far against top teams; however, they will not be any less prepared to take on the UAE, who are hungry to cause an upset and score a much-needed win here. Although the contest will surely be an entertainer, we feel that India will pull off an easy win and keep their top spot in Group B.
India, 1.020 @ Bet365