Scotland v UAE, Intercontinental Cup, Ayr, 1st day June 27, 2007

Scotland made to work against UAE

Cricinfo staff

UAE 174 for 4 (Khurram 74, Saqib 71*) v Scotland

UAE's Saqib Ali and Khurram Khan defied Scotland's bowlers with a dogged century partnership on the first day of their Intercontinental Cup match at Ayr.

After a five-hour delay due to heavy rain - play getting underway at 4pm - Scotland picked up three quick wickets, making the most of helpful and seamer friendly conditions. Craig Wright was first to strike, trapping Arshad Ali, UAE's captain, in front for a duck. Five overs later, Wright broke through in identical fashion to remove Gayan Silva, before John Blain found the edge of Amjad Javed's bat, Ryan Watson pulling off a fine catch at second slip.

At 18 for 3, UAE were up against it but Khurramm and Saqib were let off the hook by Scotland and soon the pair capitalised. They put on 153 for the fourth wicket, before Khurram fell to Majid Haq for a composed 74. However, with poor weather forecast for the remaining three days, both sides have plenty to do if they're to force a win.