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Raza, Anwar help UAE wrest initiative

Namibia bowled out for 90 after opting to bat; UAE ride Anwar's 81 to end the opening day with 71-run lead.

Raza, Anwar help UAE wrest initiative - Cricket News
Ahmed Raza picked up career-best seven wickets on Day 1
United Arab Emirates ended day 1 of the ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture against Namibia at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday (September 22) with a lead of 71 runs with five wickets remaining.

Namibia, who opted to bat, struggled to get the scoreboard moving as it slumped to 27 for 4 in the 22nd over. The good work done by the seamers was complemented by Ahmed Raza, the left-arm spinner, who recorded career-best figures of 7 to 37 to skittle Namibia out for 90 in just 48.5 overs.

Five batsmen managed to get into double figures with the highest being 19.

In reply, UAE stuttered at the outset, losing Saqib Shah (5) and Saqib Ali (0) off consecutive deliveries to JJ Smit, the left-arm pacer. Shaiman Anwar then consolidated the innings with a defiant 81. Anwar shared a 123-run stand for the Khurram Khan, the captain, before Namibia struck back with two wickets at the fag end of the day. Khurram was dismissed for 49. 

Namibia used as many as nine bowlers, including the wicketkeeper Raymond van Schoor, who rolled his arm over briefly. However, it was Xander Pitchers who gave them the wicket of the well set Anwar. 

UAE ended on 161 for 5 with Smit finishing with three wickets, while Pitchers and Michael du Preez picking up one wicket a piece. 

Brief scores: Namibia 90 all out in 48.4 overs (Jaen Kotze 19; Ahmed Raza 7-37) versus UAE 161/5 in 44.2 overs (Shaiman Anwar 81, Khurram Khan 49; JJ Smit 3-13).

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