Dougie Brown, Asia Cup 2018, UAE
UAE coach Dougie Brown gutted with their Asia Cup qualifier final loss against Hong Kong which secured their place to the Asia Cup by eliminating UAE.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) coach Dougie Brown is thoroughly disappointed with their Asia Cup 2018 qualifier final loss against Hong Kong which secured latter’s place for the impending Asia Cup by eliminating Rohan Mustafa-led UAE.

In the rain-truncated game, UAE posted a total of 176 for nine in 24 overs. However, Ashfaq Ahmed was the top scorer scoring who scored an impressive 79 runs off 51 balls.

Meanwhile, UAE would rather be unlucky as their innings was interrupted by rain in the middle. The score was 65 runs on their board with the loss of three wickets in 15.3 overs.

Furthermore, the rain stopped after a while, and the match was cut down to 24 overs. The UAE batsmen gave their brilliant effort and scored 111 runs off the remaining eight and a half overs.

Dougie Brown, UAE
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However, Dougie Brown said that the guys did extremely well and also deserves a lot of credit.

He also said that they didn’t get everything in a right way as they expected. Brown also blamed on the bowling and fielding attack. Also, he was very disappointed with the result wherein the opposition had made it in a phenomenal way.

“I think the guys deserve a hell of a lot of credit for the way they fought. We didn’t get everything right. We maybe didn’t bowl as well as we can do. UAE maybe didn’t field quite as well as we know we can, but to get into the position we did, to get into the position where we had the total to defend we ended up with, was a phenomenal effort. Credit to Hong Kong, they won some critical moments in a game of very fine margins.” Brown added.

Asia Cup 2018: UAE Coach Dougie Brown Gutted After UAE's Qualifier Final Loss
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Meanwhile Dougie Brown told that the game can go either way but he is giving credit to both of the teams for showing their great efforts.

“Games like that can go either way, so credit to UAE for playing such an awesome game. We knew we had the batting firepower to chase it down, and luckily that happened.” Brown added.

The Asia Cup 2018 will start on September 15, 2018, in the (UAE).

Arijit Chatterjee

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