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April 3, 2008
UAE 10 for 0 (Amjad 3*, Arshad 7*) trail Netherlands 287 (Zuiderent 77, Borren 56, Arshad 4-43) by 277 runs
Arshad Ali took five wickets for UAE, but Netherland's were indebted to fifties from Bas Zuiderent and Peter Borren in their 287 on the first day in Sharjah. At the close, the hosts had moved to 10 without loss.
Netherlands, who were put in by Saqib Ali, began confidently with their opening batsmen, Alexei Kervezee and Zuiderent, putting on 79 for the first wicket. Kervezee struck eight fours in his 44 before he was trapped in front by Khurram Khan - and both Ryan ten Doeschate and Eric Szwarczynski fell cheaply before Zuiderent was joined by Borren.
Zuiderent fell for 77, caught by Fahad Alhashmi off Mohammad Tauqir, but Borren found excellent support in Daan van Bunge who helped put on 59 for the fifth wicket. At 224 for 5, the match was hovering nicely in the balance, but Arshad Ali ran through the lower-order to pick up 5 for 43.
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