Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz's 54 down the order and four wickets helped Pakistan defeat Zimbabwe. [Getty]

Pakistan will take on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a Group B fixture of the 2015 ICC World Cup at McLean Park, Napier, on Wednesday.

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The match starts at 1am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.


Pakistan come into this fixture after sealing their first win of the tournament on Sunday by defeating Zimbabwe. The Asian side won the toss and Misbah-ul-Haq elected to bat first.

The 1992 World Champions lost both their openers cheaply, before their captain and Haris Sohail tried to steady the innings. After the latter's dismissal, it was Umar Akmal (33), along with Misbah (73) and Wahab Riaz (54 not out) who helped them reach a total of 235 runs.

In reply, Zimbabwe came close and lost the match by 30 runs, which helped Pakistan win their first match of this World Cup and keep their hope of qualifying for the knockout stages alive.

Aaqib Javed
UAE coach Aquib Javed Getty

Meanwhile, UAE enter this fixture after suffering a defeat at the hands of India on Saturday. They were bowled out for 102 runs and the defending champions chased down the target in less than 20 overs. MS Dhoni's side won the match by nine wickets.

UAE will be looking for an upset, while Pakistan will be looking for a better position in the group table.


Pakistan to win

What They Say

Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan captain): "We used to say that we are with the team all the time, but we never do it. You could say it's always like that in Pakistan. We are always with the winning team, but when our team is in difficult times, we're here. But the real supporters, you could say, supporters, they are there. They've got belief in the team, still supporting the team, so that's what we need."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Pakistan to win: 5/19
  • United Arab Emirates to win: 37/13

Team News


Possible XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Possible XI: Amjad Ali, Andri Berenger, Krishna Chandran, Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil (wk), Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Tauqir (c), Manjula Guruge