EurAsia Cricket Series Tournament
Abu Dhabi, April 22 to May 5 2006The tournament runs from April 22nd until May 5th, and features the 'A 'teams of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Holland and Ireland, with the full UAE side completing the line up.
Ireland will be the only associate nation taking part and their invitation to the tournament is seen as reward after they qualified for the World Cup finals.
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EurAsia Cricket Series Schedule
Abu Dhabi, April 22 to May 5 2006
Groups:Group A: India, Holland, Pakistan.
Group B: Sri Lanka, UAE and Ireland.
Match schedule:League stage 1:
April 22: Ireland v UAE
April 23: India v Holland
April 24: Sri Lanka v Ireland
April 25: Pakistan v Holland
April 27: Sri Lanka v UAE
April 28: India v Pakistan
League stage 2:
April 29: India v UAE
April 29: Sri Lanka v Holland
May 01: Pakistan v Holland
May 02: India v Ireland
May 03: Sri Lanka v Pakistan
May 04: UAE v Ireland
May 05: India v Pakistan
India vs UAE
India beat UAE by 126 runs
After a stuttering batting performance to post a modest 196, the Indians hit back to shut out the hosts in only 15.1 overs in a Group C second league phase clash at Sheikh Zayed stadium.
R P Singh returned figures of 5-30 while VR Singh bagged 5-38 with only three UAE batsmen reaching double figures.
In fact, 18 extras including five no balls and 11 wides were the highest entries in the UAE batting card. However, the man-of-the match for India A was awarded to wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kaarthick whose top score of 75 was crucial to the team reaching a respectable total. Kaarthick had support from Rohit Sharma who made a composed 56. The duo added 123 runs for the fourth wicket to lift the team from a sorry 20 for three.
The lower order, however, failed to consolidate the good work by Kaarthick and Sharma. The last seven wickets fell for 56 runs as India A declined from a healthy 143 for four.
The Indians first struggled to cope with the gentle medium swing of Ali Asad to lose their top order cheaply. Asad did the early damage picking three for 30 in an unchanged opening spell. Zahid Shah was the other useful bowler claiming two for 34 while Khurram Khan picked two lower wickets.
India had a disastrous start, losing Robin Uthappa (2), Shikhar Dhawan (1) and captain Venugopala Rao (7) - all three to Asad - inside the first 10 overs with only 20. Kaarthick and Sharma then batted sensibly to see through the middle overs without any further damage.
The former faced 87 balls and hit five fours and two sixes while the latters innings consumed 68 balls and was aided by four boundaries.
ScoresResult: India A won by 126 runs
Toss: India A
Man of the Match: KKD Karthik
India A innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4 6 AR Uthappa c Arshad Ali b Ali Asad 2 20 14 0 0 S Dhawan c Abdul Rehman b Ali Asad 1 8 4 0 0 *Y Venugopal Rao c Abdul Rehman b Ali Asad 7 31 29 0 0 +KKD Karthik c Naeemuddin Aslam b Zahid Shah 75 134 87 5 2 Rohit Sharma c Abdul Rehman b Zahid Shah 56 102 68 4 0 A Jhunjhunwala c Abdul Rehman b Arshad Ali 12 31 21 0 0 RA Jadeja st Abdul Rehman b Khurram Khan 16 45 31 0 0 Piyush Chawla run out (Saqib Ali) 10 11 11 1 0 VR Singh c Amjad Javed b Mohammad Tauqir 4 7 6 0 0 RP Singh not out 3 10 9 0 0 SS Paul lbw b Khurram Khan 0 2 2 0 0 Extras (lb 1, w 8, nb 1) 10 Total (all out, 46.5 overs) 196 FoW: 1-1 (Dhawan, 2.1 ov), 2-6 (Uthappa, 4.6 ov), 3-20 (Venugopal Rao,8.6 ov), 4-143 (Rohit Sharma,32.2 ov), 5-152 (Karthik, 34.5 ov), 6-169 (Jhunjhunwala, 39.3 ov), 7-182 (Piyush Chawla, 41.6 ov), 8-189 (VR Singh, 44.2 ov), 9-196 (Jadeja, 46.3 ov), 10-196 (Paul, 46.5 ov). Bowling O M R W Ali Asad 10 3 30 3 (1w) Zahid Shah 10 0 34 2 (1nb, 3w) Ahmed Raza 5 0 24 0 (1w) Mohammad Tauqir 10 0 40 1 Khurram Khan 2.5 0 23 2 Arshad Ali 9 0 44 1 (2w) United Arab Emirates innings R M B 4 6 Amjad Javed b RP Singh 4 3 4 1 0 *Arshad Ali b VR Singh 1 25 5 0 0 +Abdul Rehman lbw b RP Singh 0 2 2 0 0 Saqib Ali c Karthik b VR Singh 10 60 38 1 0 Khurram Khan c Uthappa b RP Singh 0 6 2 0 0 Naeemuddin Aslam c Rohit Sharma b VR Singh 0 13 8 0 0 Fahad Usman c Jhunjhunwala b RP Singh 12 31 13 2 0 Mohammad Tauqir not out 7 22 7 1 0 Ali Asad lbw b RP Singh 0 1 1 0 0 Zahid Shah b VR Singh 1 4 4 0 0 Ahmed Raza lbw b VR Singh 17 10 12 3 0 Extras (lb 2, w 11, nb 5) 18 Total (all out, 15.1 overs) 70 FoW: 1-5 (Amjad Javed, 0.4 ov), 2-5 (Abdul Rehman, 0.6 ov), 3-15 (Arshad Ali, 3.6 ov), 4-19 (Khurram Khan, 4.6 ov), 5-22 (Naeemuddin Aslam,7.4 ov), 6-40 (Saqib Ali,11.3 ov), 7-50 (Fahad Usman, 12.1 ov), 8-50 (Ali Asad, 12.2 ov), 9-51 (Zahid Shah, 13.1 ov), 10-70 (Ahmed Raza, 15.1 ov). Bowling O M R W RP Singh 8 1 30 5 (5w) VR Singh 7.1 0 38 5 (5nb, 6w)
Zayed International Cricket Stadium
Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu DhabiThe new stadium, a bare fifteen minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, promises a new era of sport in the Emirate. The Zayed Cricket Stadium, named after the UAE President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is a mutli-million dirham project that has been funded and supported by the Abu Dhabi Government with the aim of turning Abu Dhabi into a world class venue for international cricket tournaments. The architectural design of the stadium is itself bound to attract attention. The facility has an18000-seat capacity with eight pitches, five of these of turf. A massive curved shade canopy covering the Grand Stand pavilion is the highlight of the stadium. It is the largest unsupported structure of any cricket stadium, weighing around 1,000 tonnes and has three pillars placed behind at the centre, symbolising the three cricket stumps.
The latest technology is being used for lighting and scoreboards to ensure accepted international standards for televising matches.
Harbhajan Singh Memorabilia
Singh's Magnificent Hat Trick
On the 1st Day of the 2nd Test, India versus Australia, in March 2001, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Harbhajan Singh achieved what no other Indian cricketer had ever done - he snared a magnificent Hat Trick.
Limited Edition Magnificent photographic collage of the three dismissals with the hat trick at Calcutta capturing photograph in each piece being personally signed by Harbhajan Singh. Each piece .encased in a timber frame with Perspex glazing and is supported by A-Tag microchip authentication technology, and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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