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February 17, 2012
UAE 100 and 74 for 2 (Asif 46) trail Scotland 305 (Berrington 110, Smith 54, Fayyaz 3-63) by 131 runs
Scotland, driven by a century from Richie Berrington, took control of their Intercontinental Cup match against UAE on the second day in Sharjah. Berrington was supported by the lower-middle order, as Scotland pushed on to 305, giving them a first-innings lead of 205.
The visitors resumed on an overnight score of 121 for 5, with Berrington and Simon Smith at the crease. They went on to add 99 runs, with Smith scoring 54. After Smith was dismissed, Calum MacLeod hung around for a 57-ball 19 in a partnership of 55. Berrington was the last man dismissed, after completing his maiden first-class hundred. Two lower-order wickets gave left-arm spinner Fayyaz Ahmed the best figures for UAE: 3 for 63 from 26 overs.
Facing the huge deficit, UAE's openers Faizan Asif and Arshad Ali began steadily. They added 56, before Gordon Drummond bowled Asif for 46, an innings that included six fours and a six. Arshad, in contrast, looked to survive and he did. While Swapnil Patil fell at the other end, Arshad went to stumps unbeaten on 12 at a strike-rate of just over 18. UAE were on 74 for 2 at the close, trailing Scotland by 131.
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Stats highlights from the first day of the second Test between Australia and India in Brisbane
It's just to say that while India don't stand a chance on normal bouncy pitches, the seaming tracks give their bowlers a chance to take 20 wickets