Skipper Rohan Mustafa’s all-round show won UAE the one-off One-Day International (ODI) against Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Opening batting, Mustafa scored 109 in 125 balls, an innings that took UAE’s score to 251 and helped them post a challenging target. Chasing the target, PNG were bowled out for 148 in 35.2 overs, which handed UAE a 103-run victory in the match — after opener Tony Ura (40) and Vani Morea (36) added 76 for the opening stand. Mustafa not only shone with the bat but also picked up 5 wickets, becoming only the third cricketer in the history to have scored a century and take a five-wicket-haul. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: United Arab Emirates vs Papua New Guinea, One-off ODI
Winning the toss, Mustafa elected to bat. He opened the innings himself, with Mohammed Qasim. They put up a 101-run partnership before Qasim departed for 33. Mustafa kept hitting, building up another big partnership, this time with Rameez Shahzad. Rameez was the second-highest run-getter for UAE after Mustafa, scoring 37 and helping build a 69-run partnership. Mustafa was run out for 109. Assad Vala was the highest wicket-taker for PNG with 3 for 30, while both John Reva and Sese Bau picked up 2 wickets each.
Despite a decent start, PNG failed to convert it to anything big. Ura and Morea batted briskly, scoring at almost five-and-a-half an over, but once the stand broke Mustafa ran through the PNG batting line-up, picking up 5 wickets. He joined an illustrious list, of cricketers who have scored a hundred and taken a five-wicket haul in the same ODI, emulating Viv Richards and Paul Collingwood. Only four PNG batsmen could reach double-digits as they were restricted at 148. Imran Haider bowled well for UAE apart from Mustafa, picking up 2 for 32.
UAE 251 for 9 in 50 overs (Rohan Mustafa 109, Rameez Shahzad 37; John Reva 2 for 52, Assad Vala 3 for 30, Sese Bau 2 for 35) won against Papua New Guinea 148 in 35.2 overs (Tony Ura 40, Vani Morea 36; Rohan Mustafa 5 for 25, Imran Haider 2 for 32) by 103 runs.