Harare, March 2: Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and speedster Kemar Roach saved West Indies from embarrassment as they bowled the two-time former world champions to a 32-run victory over United Arab Emirates in a warm-up match of the ICC 2019 World Cup Qualifier, here on Thursday (March 1).
The West Indies were heading for a shocking defeat when they were spun out for 115 in 33.4 overs after being 31 for no loss at one stage with wrist spinner Imran Haider claiming 4/16, off-spinner Rohan Mustafa bagging 2/10 and left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza snapping up 2/14.
High Five! Nikita Miller spins Windies to win in second ICC World Cup qualifier match against United Arab Emirates.— CricketWestIndies (@westindies) March 1, 2018
Windies made 115 all out and UAE scored 83 all out. Miller took 5-20 off 10 overs.#CWCQ #RALLY
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However, left-arm spinner Miller and Roach turned the screws on the UAE batsmen and reduced them to 58 for seven before rain stopped play. When the match resumed, the UAE innings lasted for another 7.1 overs as they were bowled out for 83 in 29 overs.
Miller finished with figures of 10-2-20-5 while Roach claimed three for 15. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse captured two of the last three wickets, to finish with two for 21.
The #CWCQ warm-ups are over!— ICC (@ICC) March 1, 2018
Ireland beat Scotland by 2 wickets (on the final ball!)
West Indies beat UAE by 32 runs (defending 115!)
Zimbabwe coasted to a 6 wicket win against PNG.#AFGvNET and #HKvNEP had no results due to rain. pic.twitter.com/flGU5jevRy
Captain Rohan Mustafa (12), Shaiman Anwar (12) and Rameez Shahzad (11) were the only batsmen to reach double-figures as the result meant the UAE lost both their warm-up matches in the build up to the event proper which will start on Sunday, 4 March.
With the likes of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels and Jason Mohammed in their ranks, they will need these proven performers to live up to their reputation and help the Windies take maximum carryover points into the Super Six stage.
West Indies: 115 all out, 33.4 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 20, Chris Gayle 16, Marlon Samuels 15, Evin Lewis 10; Imran Haider 4-16; Rohan Mustafa 2-10, Mohammad Naveed 2-27, Ahmed Raza 2-14) beat UAE: 83 all out, 29 overs (Nikita Miller 5-20, Kemar Roach 3-15, Ashley Nurse 2-21)