United Arab Emirates v Namibia, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Sharjah, 1st day September 22, 2013

UAE push ahead on dramatic opening day

ESPNcricinfo staff

UAE 161 for 5 (Anwar 81, Khurram 49, Smit 3-13) lead Namibia 90 (Raza 7-37) by 71 runs

A career-best haul for left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza and a half-century from Shaiman Anwar helped UAE push ahead of Namibia on the opening day of the Intercontinental Cup match that saw 15 wickets.

Namibia, who chose to bat at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, were in trouble early on as debutant pacer Kamran Shazad struck in successive overs to dismiss opener Xander Pitchers and Stephan Baard. But from that point onwards, the innings belonged to Raza, whose dominance of the Namibia batting was reflected in his figures of 7 for 37 off 20.4 overs.

Raza, introduced into the attack in the ninth over, bowled three maidens first-up and had debutant Michau de Preez caught behind for his first wicket. Bowling unchanged from one end for the rest of the Namibia innings, Raza induced a batting collapse that saw the visitors fold for 90.

UAE were shaky at the start, too, as Namibia's left-arm pacer JJ Smit struck off successive balls in the fifth over to dismiss Saqib Shah and Saqib Ali. UAE's recovery was led by the in-form Shaiman Anwar who shared a 123-run third-wicket stand with Khurram Khan. Anwar scored a 90-ball 81, which included 10 fours and three sixes while Khurram played a more sedate 49 off 111 balls.

Namibia tried out nine bowlers, including captain Raymond van Schoor, who temporarily gave up his wicketkeeping gloves to pitch in with three overs. The breakthrough, however, came from part-time offspinner Pitchers, who dismissed Anwar. Du Preez took the wicket of Khurram Khan with his legspin, while Smit got his third leg-before victim in Rohan Mustafa.

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  • Android on September 22, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Dont forget that kingdom of himalaya is also knocking the door harder than others. This is the time to deliver come on Nepal lets do it. Its our chance to be there.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Afghanistan Team is on the Bank !!! & will Qualify for 2015 World Cup & 2014 T-20 World Cup Too... Afghanistan Team had already Qualified for Intercontinental 2011-2013 & Final will be done against Ireland on 10-14 December 2013 ( I hope they defend from their Intercontinental Cup Victory of 2010 also.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Directly or not. UAE is definitely going to qualify for the 2015 world cup as well as 2014 20/20 world cup. Their come back to form recently has been really impressive. Their performance has been way better then ODI status holders like Canada,Scotland,Kenya even Netherlands.

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