UAE v Bermuda, Intercontinental Cup, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day November 10, 2007

Arshad defies Bermuda with 185

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UAE 143 & 409 for 7 (Arshad 185, Saqib 126*) lead Bermuda 311 by 241 runs

Arshad Ali: a career-best score © Getty Images
UAE fought back brilliantly on the third day against Bermuda, with Arshad Ali cracking 185, his highest first-class score. At stumps, UAE led by 241.

Arshad and Naeemuddin Aslam, his overnight partner, put on 133 for the second wicket before he was run out. Kashif Khan departed to Kevin Hurdle soon after, but from them on it was UAE's day.

Arshad and Saqib Ali made Bermuda's bowlers toil with a gutsy fourth-wicket stand of 155, with Arshad dominating the attack - cracking 22 fours in his hundred. He was bowled by Malachi Jones for 185, only his second hundred.

Saqib carried on where Arshad left off, though he lost partners at regular intervals and UAE slipped from 321 for 3 to 367 for 7 before Qasim Zubair joined Saqib in an unbeaten eighth-wicket stand of 42. Jones emerged with the very respectable figures of 4 for 66.