While UAE eased past Saudi Arabia by nine wickets in the second semifinal, Kuwait secured a 16-run victory over Oman earlier in the day at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Chasing a modest target, UAE openers were in the comfort zone right from the start with the openers sharing a brilliant century stand as the hosts overhauled the target in just 12.5 overs.

Both the batsmen handled the Saudi Arabia bowlers comfortably to reach 113 in just 12.1 overs.

Ronak Sudesh P showed a lot of aggression as he fired a superb unbeaten 33-ball 66 studded with nine hits to the fence and one over it while Ansh played the perfect second fiddle to score a fine 47 from 40 deliveries. His innings included four boundaries and two sixes.

Earlier winning the toss and electing to bat, Saudi Arabia made a superb start with openers Abdullah and Aamir Hamza Shaikh adding a fine 55 runs for the opening wicket. It was Abdullah who was finding the gaps and those occasional boundaries as he reached 38 from 37 deliveries while Aamir Shaikh could manage only 17 from 47 deliveries.

But once the partnership ended in the 12th over, Saudi Arabia suddenly lost track of the proceedings as they kept losing wicket at regular intervals. Adithya Shetty Anil Kumar and Ronak Sudesh P did most of the damage as Saudi Arabia’s progress completely slowed down before being shot out at 118 in 35 overs.

While Adhitya Shetty picked three wickets in his seven overs conceding just 23 runs, Ronak Sudesh bagged two in his seven giving away 17 runs.

Brief scores (Semifinals): UAE bt Saudi Arabia by 9 wickets. Saudi Arabia: 118 all out in 35 overs (Abdullah 38, Aamir Hamza Shaikh 17; Adithya Shetty 3/23, Ronak Sudesh P 2/17). UAE: 121/1 in 12.5 overs (Ronak Sudesh P 60 not out, Ansh 47).