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Mustafa's rare feat seals series for UAE

UAE 251 for 9 (Mustafa 109, Vala 3-30, Bau 2-35) beat Papua New Guinea 148 (Ura 40, Mustafa 5-25, Haider 2-32) by 103 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rohan Mustafa's all-round show, a century coupled with a five-for, handed Papua New Guinea a 103-run drubbing in the three-match series decider at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, to give United Arab Emirates a 2-1 series victory.

Mustafa, joined the ranks of Viv Richards and Paul Collingwood, by making 109 before running through the visitors' line-up with returns of five for 25 to clinch the bilateral series for his side.

Coming off the back of a loss triggered by a middle-order collapse, Mustafa, the UAE captain, anchored the hosts' innings with a well-constructed 125-ball knock - studded with seven fours and one six - while laying a solid platform with an opening-wicket partnership of 101 runs with Mohammed Qasim (33). However, the inability of the other batsmen, barring Qasim and Rameez Shahzad (37), to notch up a score in excess of 20, decelerated UAE's innings.

The combined returns of five for 82 from PNG's Assad Vala and John Reva subsequently accounted for a middle-order collapse - starkly reminiscent of the one in the second ODI - as UAE slumped from 208 for 3 to 226 for 8 in less than five overs, before finishing on 251 for 9.

In reply, the openers Tony Ura (40) and Vani Morea (36) got PNG off to a positive start, adding 76 runs for the first wicket. However, following Ura's dismissal in the 15th over, Mustafa's offbreaks stifled the opposition's run-chase, as only two other PNG batsmen managed to get into double figures. Imran Haider, Mohammed Qasim, Ahmed Raza, picked up four wickets between them, before Mustafa completed his maiden five-wicket haul to bowl PNG out for 148 and seal the series for the hosts.

P.N.G. 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st76TP UraVV Morea
2nd10VV MoreaL Siaka
3rd4A ValaL Siaka
4th2A ValaD Bau
5th0A ValaS Bau
6th32MD DaiA Vala
7th3MD DaiJNT Vare
8th11MD DaiJB Reva
9th3MD DaiN Vanua
10th7MD DaiA Nao