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All-round Afzal puts Hong Kong ahead in Dubai

UAE ends second day on 82 for 4 after the visiting side posts 378 in first innings

All-round Afzal puts Hong Kong ahead in Dubai - Cricket News
Afzal, who started the day unbeaten on 90, reached his century in the 101st over with a six over mid-on, but fell soon after, trying to cut a delivery outside the offstump, only to edge Asif Iqbal to Swapnil Patil behind the stumps.
Hong Kong rode on a patient century from Tanwir Afzal, its captain, to add 71 runs to its overnight score of 307 for 6 before reducing the United Arab Emirates to 82 for 4 by stumps on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup clash at the ICC Academy in Dubai.

On Thursday (November 12), Hong Kong got to 378 in 125.2 overs. Tailenders Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Nawaz and Nadeem Ahmed all pitched in, batting out close to 30 overs in the morning. This after Babar Hayat (113) and Kinchit Shah (62) had rescued the visiting side from a tricky situation on the first day.

Afzal, who started the day unbeaten on 90, reached his century in the 101st over with a six over mid-on, but fell soon after, trying to cut a delivery outside the offstump, only to edge Asif Iqbal to Swapnil Patil behind the stumps.

Iqbal, who ended with figures of 3 for 38, then went on to dismiss Aizaz, trapping him leg before after the batsman had scored 16 off 49 balls. Haseeb Amjad was run out four overs later with the scoreboard reading 340 for 9 in the 108th over, but Nadeem and Nawaz showed great resistance to push the total past the 350-run mark.

The duo added 38 runs off 109 balls for the tenth wicket before Nasir Aziz had Nadeem caught by Amjad Ali in the 126th over to put an end to the innings.
 



In response, UAE had a shaky start, losing Iqbal, Laxman Sreekumar and Amjad Ali inside the 17th over with just 23 runs on the board. Afzal was the protagonist with the ball too, bagging 2 for 21, while Aizaz and Nawaz picked up a wicket each.

A 33-run fourth-wicket partnership off 110 balls between Usman Mushtaq and Shaiman Anwar stabilised the UAE innings before Nawaz removed Anwar for 16.

Patil then joined Mushtaq, ensuring there were no further hiccups before the close of play as UAE walked back trailing Hong Kong by 296 runs.

Both Hong Kong and the UAE are yet to register a victory in the tournament.

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