On 19 August 2023, New Zealand took on UAE in the second game of the ongoing three-match T20I series in Dubai. The Kiwis won the first game and hence, they were looking for another win to seal the series. But, things did not go in their favour as UAE registered a historical victory over them.
They defeated the Blackcaps by seven wickets and it turned out to be their first-ever win over New Zealand in any format. It was even their first T20I win In Dubai. Speaking of the match, UAE skipper, Muhammad Waseem won the toss and asked the Kiwis to bat first. They scored 142 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs.
UAE chased down the 143-run target in just 15.4 overs
Mark Chapman was the lone warrior as he scored 63 runs off 46 balls. For UAE, Aayan Afzal Khan took three wickets for 20 runs in four overs. In reply, Waseem smashed 55 runs off 29 balls while Asif Khan remained not out on 48* runs off 29 balls, including five fours and one six. Thus, they chased down the target in just 15.4 overs with seven wickets in hand. Aayan won the Player of the Match award for his exceptional bowling spell. Now, both of them will lock horns in the series decider on 20 August.
During the post-match presentation, Muhammad Waseem opened up on his batting approach along with praises on Aayan. He said: “(On his approach) I am very happy with the performance of my team and myself. We are always trying to win well when we win. (On Asif Khan) He is a quality player. Unlucky that he made his debut late. He has experience and he promised me that he will finish the game, and he did it. (On Aayan Afzal Khan) I see a big star in him. Hopefully he can be a future star for the UAE. He does not feel pressure, irrespective of who he is facing.”
Here is how fans have reacted:
👏👏. Cricket is growing
— Swati Jaiswal (@SwatiJaisw13521) August 19, 2023
That too with no Rohan Mustafa in the squad. Big big win for UAE.
— Gaurav Gulati (@gulatiLFC) August 20, 2023
— msd_stan (@bdrijalab) August 19, 2023
Hum Puri Second Hand Indian Team Kharidti aur Record Banati 🥰 pic.twitter.com/mxAgwzo9R2
— Kunal Kharalkar (@kunalspits) August 19, 2023
NZ in the mud 😭😭😭
— MM10 (@Har_uki_) August 19, 2023
Incredible achievement 👏
— Shaan (@Shanyousaf6) August 19, 2023
Congratulations UAE. Good to see other nations coming up the ladder. Well done 👍
— Naveen (@_naveenish) August 19, 2023
New Zealand inspired from Pakistani Team
— Anshu Chauhan (@chauhandwarrior) August 19, 2023
Part time cricketer NZ ko pel de rahe fir bhi NZ final khelgi WC mein 😹
— Gagan🇮🇳 (@1no_aalsi_) August 19, 2023