Bangladesh beat UAE by 51 runs in the 3rd match of Asia Cup 2016. Image courtesy: Getty Images
Bangladesh beat UAE by 51 runs in the 3rd match of Asia Cup 2016. Image courtesy: Getty Images

The third match of Asia Cup Twenty20 (T20) International 2016 was played between Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates at Mirpur. On a bowling friendly track, UAE once again won the toss and opted to bowl first. UAE bowlers did a commendable job in the second half of the first innings by not allowing Bangladeshi batsmen score more runs as they managed only 133 runs with the loss of eight wickets in their 20 overs. The target was achievable looking at the batting order UAE possesses but once again they collapsed in a similar fashion as they did in their previous match against Sri Lanka. Mahommad Usman played a lone hand of 30 from 30 balls as Bangladesh won the match comfortably with a big margin of 51 runs. With this match, once again several records entered in the record books of cricket in this format of the game. Abhishek Kumar lists out seven interesting statistical highlights from the match.

1.  Amjad Javed’s spell of four overs, 34 runs with two wickets is the most expensive spell bowled by any associate captain against a Test playing nation in T20Is.

2.  Mohammad Naveed’s spell of four overs, one maiden, 12 runs with two wickets is the second most economical spell by an associate player against a Test playing side in T20Is.

3.  Mahmudullah’s spell of two overs, five runs with two wickets is the most economical spell of two overs by a Bangladesh bowler in T20Is.

4.  Once again, UAE showed some effective bowling skills and conceded only 63 runs in last 11 overs with taking seven wickets.

5.  Just like their previous match, UAE batting line up collapsed once again and could only manage to score 44 runs in their first 10 overs with losing five wickets.

6.  UAE were all out for 82 runs in this match and this is their second lowest total in T20Is. Their lowest total in T20I is 73 against Netherlands on February 3, 2016.

7.  Bangladesh registered their first win in this tournament against UAE by 51 runs and this is their second biggest margin victory in T20Is in terms of runs.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhishekkr2593)