\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAli Naseer: UAE's Ace in the Hole for a Winning Start in Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier Final The UAE cricket team has kickstarted its journey in the quest for a spot in the 2024 Twenty20 World Cup with a fabulous five-wicket victory over Bahrain in the Asia Qualifier Final, and boy, did they dazzle! This showdown took place in Nepal on a fine Monday.\r\n\r\nREAD: Elevate Your Brain: Enhance Cognitive Function with these Lifestyle Tweaks\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMeet the Teenage Architect\r\nThe mastermind behind the UAE's triumph against the cunning Bahrain squad was none other than our teenage sensation, Ali Naseer. This young all-rounder may be a rookie on the international scene, but he packs a punch with a beaming smile. "I've got a secret formula, mate.\r\n\r\nStay one step ahead of the batter when I'm bowling, and one step ahead of the bowler when I'm at the crease," Naseer cheekily revealed after his smashing performance of 48 runs from just 26 balls against Bahrain.\r\n\r\nNaseer, who made his international debut against the West Indies, wasn't intimidated. He unleashed his batting brilliance right from the start, slamming two half-centuries in his first two games. Now that's what we call "teen spirit"!\r\nThe Art of Mixing It Up\r\nOver the last five months, this 19-year-old wonder has gone toe-to-toe with international cricket giants, including New Zealand, the 2019 World Cup finalists. He then joined the UAE Twenty20 squad and honed his bowling skills to near perfection. "My job is to pop in during the middle overs and sprinkle some magic with dot balls.\r\n\r\nIt's like trying to catch fireflies in a dark forest! Batters always try to attack, but I've been practicing my line and length, adding some cheeky variations to keep them guessing," he said, his eyes twinkling. Naseer doesn't just bowl, he's got a knack for finishing strong with the bat, too.\r\n\r\n"I got the chance to strut my stuff at No 6 against Bahrain and scored 48 runs in the blink of an eye. I'm pretty chuffed with how far I've come," Naseer exclaimed with a sense of accomplishment.\r\nBreak the Bahrain Jinx\r\nThe UAE's win against Bahrain was extra special because they had previously fallen to them in the last T20 World Cup qualifiers in Oman and the Gulf Championship. It seems like the UAE decided to flip the script this time and give Bahrain a taste of their own medicine.\r\n\r\nThese lads have their sights set on a spot in the 2024 Twenty20 World Cup after their historic victory against Namibia in the 2022 edition held in Australia. They even gave the Netherlands a run for their money!\r\nReady for Qualifiers\r\nThe UAE is all set for the 2024 World Cup qualifiers, and they've been warming up nicely. They defeated Nepal in a thrilling tri-series final last week, and their skipper, Muhammad Waseem, is positively buzzing. "We're pumped for the qualifiers, folks.\r\n\r\nWe've been putting in the hard yards, and our tri-series in Nepal was like a warm-up dance before the big party. We've got a team packed with experienced pros and some young guns who are leaving everyone awestruck with their talent," Waseem shared with a grin.\r\n\r\nQualifying for the 2024 T20 World Cup is a dream, and the UAE is determined to make it a reality. "We had a blast in Australia last year, mixing it up with the world's best. Now, we want to keep riding the wave and show the world what we've got," Waseem stated with great enthusiasm.\r\nVictory Unfolds\r\nThe UAE decided to field first, and they made Bahrain sweat, restricting them to a measly 135 for six. Junaid Siddique and young Aayan Afzal Khan took two wickets each to spice things up. In response, the UAE faced a tricky situation at 24 for three, but Asif Khan and Alishan Sharufu bailed them out.\r\n\r\nThen, it was Naseer who added the cherry on top with a splendid finishing act. As they say, the show must go on. The UAE is set to take on Kuwait in their next clash, and they'll cross swords with Hong Kong on Thursday. "We're confident and ready to take on the world.\r\n\r\nTeams like Hong Kong, Nepal, and Oman are tough nuts to crack, but we're not taking anyone lightly," Waseem remarked, wearing a smirk. The UAE's cricket journey in the 2024 T20 World Cup qualifiers is off to a cracking start. Stay tuned for more cricketing fireworks!