UAE v Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, 1st day October 5, 2011

UAE batsmen take charge on first day

ESPNcricinfo staff

UAE 361 for 8 (Palekar 76, Patil 61, Zadran 4-74) v Afghanistan

United Arab Emirates took advantage of a placid track to reach 361 for 8 on the first day of the Intercontinental Cup match against Afghanistan at Sharjah. Opener Bakthiyar Palekar led the way on his first-class debut with an aggressive 76 after Afghanistan had made a few early dents with the new ball. There were contributions all through the lower middler order although Dawlat Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari struck at intervals to keep their team in the match.

UAE, who are languishing just above Canada and Namibia in the competition's rankings, were in desperate need of a solid first innings after being allowed to bat in familiar conditions but struggled early on as Arshad Ali and Abdul Rehman departed for single figures. Palekar fought back with an array of shots, cracking 12 fours and two sixes in his 60-ball innings before he presented Zadran with a return catch.

The home side were 90 for 3 when he fell, but it proved much harder to break through as the ball got older and captain Khurram Khan helped lay a solid platform by adding 98 for the fourth wicket with Swapnil Patil. Shenwari eventually removed Patil for 61, but Afghanistan continued to toil as Vikrant Shetty added a half-century, while Amjad Ali struck three sixes in his otherwise patient 49.

Afghanistan were able to stem the runs through Mohammad Nabi's offspin, but at the other end the runs continued to flow and even Zadran, who had his fourth wicket when he got rid of Fayyaz Ahmed, went at more than four an over. Afghanistan will be hoping to get through the tail as quickly as possible on the second morning to allow their batsmen a chance to cash in.

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  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Having seen a picture of pitch, it looks very flat and lifeless. Would love to have a bat, wouldn't like to toil in the heat for no reward though.

  • Andrew on October 6, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    @Alex Spurge - yep, pretty much sums it up. Looking forward to PNG getting more opportunities to crack into the next level up. == == == As for the match, the Afghanis have come back from worse situations than this, & I would expect them to put a big fight over the next 3 days. I can still see the Afghanis winning this, maybe even with a 1st innings deficit.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    why we not have live commentry for this 4 days matche'??hope we have live commentry for second,,s will be good that we can win this Matche good Luck Afghanistan..

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    The UAE, the Canada of the Middle East! Although some credit to the UAE, their two players actually from the UAE constitutes one more home grown player than Canada managed to field on their last outing. WCL Division 2 wasn't decided on first and second place, but by the ICC at a later date. With the interests of growing the game, why didn't the ICC have Namibia and Papua New Guinea through to the Intercontinential Cup, when all it seems is the UAE being another drain on resources where zero development takes place. Then again, I wonder whether the ICC HQ being in Dubai had any part to play in yet more negative ICC decisions. No excuse for Associate members to field so many expats - consider this: The UAE were barred from the Asian Games because they could not field a team made up of Emarti people... couldn't find an XI anywhere. Says a lot about the game there.

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