Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir picked up three wickets against India in Pakistan's opening game of the T20 Asia CupGetty

Pakistan take on United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the sixth match of the 2016 Asia Cup T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on 29 February.

Where to watch

Match starts at 1.30pm GMT. There is no live coverage of the game in the UK. In India, Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3 will telecast the match live.

Overview

The sixth game of the 2016 Asia Cup T20 see's Pakistan take on minnows UAE at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The men in green come into this game on the back of a loss to arch-rivals India, being comprehensively beaten by five wickets on 27 February.

What was disappointing about Pakistan's batting was that they struggled against Indian pacers and failed to put on partnerships, most of the batsmen fell due to lose shots. This has become sort of a trend in the Pakistani batting department as they lack the potential to put up big totals on the board. Shahid Afridi and company, will look to get back into form against a relatively weak UAE side.

As usual, it was the bowling that was the bright spot during their loss to India. Mohammad Amir's opening spell, again proved why some batsmen still fear him, it was like he never went away for five years. Mohammad Sami too bowled beautifully on his comeback and with Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz waiting in the wings, Pakistan can bowl out any side on their day. No changes are expected with the same XI set to face the UAE.

Their opponents on the other hand have lost both their games in the Asia Cup, and will need a win here if they are to remain in the competition. Like a majority of associate teams, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are yet to assert themselves on the international stage and will look at this experience as a learning curve.

In Mohammad Naveed, Amjad Jawad and Ahmed Raza, they have a bowling unit who have performed well so far, it is their batting that has failed to deliver and they will need to fire if UAE have any hopes of causing an upset against Pakistan on Monday.

Prediction

Pakistan to win

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Pakistan to win: 1/9
  • United Arab Emirates to win: 11/2

Team news

Pakistan

Possible XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Sharjeel Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK), Shahid Afridi (C), Wahab Riaz ,Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Amir, Irfan Khan

United Arab Emirates

Possible XI: Muhammad Kaleem, Rohan Mustafa, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Usman, Amjad Javed (C), Saqlain Haider, Swapnil Patel (WK), Qadeer Ahmed, Ahmed Raza, Mohammad Naveed.