Sports Page — Play began in muggy conditions and prospects of a shower or two – heralds of Cyclone Pam – could not be ruled out in the afternoon. Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, did his bit – win the toss, choose to bowl and put the UAE top order into a shredder – to set his team a target of 176 in 36.2 overs. West Indies’ batsmen chased down the total in 30.3 overs, and once Sarfraz Ahmed’s ton inspired Pakistan to victory a few hours later, both teams’ berths in the knockouts were sealed.
Johnson Charles, brought in for the injured Chris Gayle, has been on ice for over a year in ODI cricket. Jonathan Carter was playing his second tournament for West Indies. Neither man showed themselves as such and took West Indies past the target without much incident.
Summarized scores: West Indies 176 for 4 (Charles 55, Carter 50*) beat UAE 175 (Aziz 60, Javed 56, Holder 4-27) by six wickets