West Indies emerged victorious over UAE by 17 runs in the first match as the warm-up matches for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 kicked off.
Warm-up 1: West Indies v UAE, West Indies won by 17 runs
West Indies faced a stern challenge from a spirited UAE side as they put on a superb bowling performance against the two-time world champions, led by Junaid Siddique’s breathtaking spell of 4-0-13-5. However, Brandon King’s 64 and skipper Nicholas Pooran’s 46 helped the Caribbean side post a total of 152/9 in their quota of 20 overs.
UAE never got going with the bat as they lost wickets at regular intervals which kept pegging them back in the chase at every stage. Opening batter Muhammad Waseem tried his best but he didn’t find enough support from the other end. Lower-order batter Zawar Farid played an excellent cameo of 29* off 14 towards the end of their innings, putting on an excellent stand of 53 runs with Waseem who remained unbeaten on 69. But that came too late in the innings as UAE fell short of West Indies’ total by 17 runs.