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All-round performance leads UAE to four-wicket win

An all-round performance by the United Arab Emirates team helped it register a four-wicket victory on the fourth and final day of the ICC Intercontinental Shield match played at Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek on Tuesday. Khurram Khan played a captain?s knock with a 144-ball century while Mohammed Tauqir picked up a five-wicket haul

An all-round performance by the United Arab Emirates team helped it register a four-wicket victory on the fourth and final day of the ICC Intercontinental Shield match played at Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek on Tuesday. Khurram Khan played a captain?s knock with a 144-ball century while Mohammed Tauqir picked up a five-wicket haul.

Namibia began the day at 134 for the loss of three wickets in 66 overs with Raymond van Schoor top-scoring with 87 in 204 balls. After his dismissal, the hosts were unable to pile in runs under strict bowling from Fayyaz Ahmed and Tauqir. Only skipper Craig Williams chipped in with 41 in 47 balls but was unable to build a strong partnership as the innings closed at 237 in 91.1 overs. Ahmed picked up 3-77 while Tauqir finished with figures of 5-40.

Chasing 309 for victory, Khurram Khan smashed 109 runs with able support from Arshad Ali (43) to bring the score to 73-2 in the 24th over. Amjad Javed (35 in 15 balls), Ahmed (52 in the same number of balls) and Abdul Rehman (30 not out in 44 balls) then added valuable runs to finish at 311-6 in 64.1 overs.

The ICC Intercontinental Shield is contested by Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and the UAE, and will see a final played in Dubai from 25-28 November 2010. Uganda beat Bermuda by seven wickets in the only match on the competition played to date, which took place in August 2009.

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