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12:00 AM, December 07, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:27 PM, December 07, 2018

An embarrassing emergence

The Bangladesh Under-23 team put up a sordid batting display as they suffered a 97-run defeat to the UAE in their opening match of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup at the Southend Club ground in Karachi yesterday.

170 all-out was Bangladesh's reply to the UAE's 267 as batsmen like Nazmul Hossain (8), Mosaddek Hossain (0) and captain Nurul Hasan (0) failed to even reach double digits.

It could have been even more embarrassing had Shafiul Islam and Shoriful Islam not added 54 runs for the ninth wicket.

Left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza dismissed Shafiul for 32 runs to break the partnership and then ended Bangladesh's chase by removing last man Khaled Ahmed to finish with match figures of four for 50.

Shoriful, who hit three sixes and a four, was unbeaten on 31.

Raza, along with leg spinner Imran Haider, scripted the memorable win for UAE. Imran also picked up four wickets, giving away 35 runs.

Before the exchange, opener Ashfaq Ahmed's 93-ball 98 and Ghulam Shabber's 57-ball 52 gave UAE a competitive total of 267.

Bangladesh will face Hong Kong in their second match today.

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