Muhammad Waseem (right) hit 91 runs as the UAE beat Afghanistan by nine wickets. Image Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi: Opening batsman Muhammad Waseem smashed a rapid-fire 91 as the United Arab Emirates crushed Afghanistan by nine wickets to win the second T20 international on Saturday and level the three-game series 1-1.

Chasing 138 to win, Waseem made his runs off just 50 balls with eight fours and seven sixes.

The 29-year-old shared a first-wicket partnership of 119 with Vriitya Aravind (38) before he was dismissed in the 14th over. UAE reached their target with 10 balls to spare.

Undefeated 37

Afghanistan had won the first match on Thursday by five wickets but struggled to gain any momentum on Saturday. Najibullah Zadran top-scored with an undefeated 37 off 29 balls, hitting five fours and a six.

The third and final game takes place at the same venue tonight.