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Hong Kong has the advantage after Day 3

UAE fights back by bowling out the opposition for 184 in the second innings, but is still 377 in arrears with one day to go

Hong Kong has the advantage after Day 3 - Cricket News
Swapnil Patil scored 75, but UAE conceded a 197-run lead.
Hong Kong maintained a firm grip on its ICC Intercontinental Cup match against United Arab Emirates, setting a 382-run target for the host on the third day of the four-day game at ICC Academy in Dubai on Friday (November 13).
Hong Kong, which rode on centuries from Babar Hayat and Tanwir Afzal to post 378 in its first innings, bundled out UAE for 181 in its first innings. Ahmed Raza’s five-wicket haul then ensured that Hong Kong’s second innings was just as brief, as it folded for 184 in 51.4 overs. At stumps, UAE was on five without loss in three overs, and needed 377 more.
Resuming on Friday morning on 82 for 4, UAE suffered because of a lack of substantial partnerships. Usman Mushtaq, overnight on 29, dawdled to 45 off 194 balls before being trapped in front by Anshuman Rath.
However, Swapnil Patil, the other overnight batsman, did well with a fine half-century. Resuming on 13, Patil started cautiously and tried to build a long innings to try and chip away at the Hong Kong first-innings total.
But he kept losing partners once Mushtaq was dismissed, with Qais Farooq, Ahmed Raza and Nasir Aziz falling quickly. Patil carried on for a while but fell against the run of play for 75 from 160 balls.
Nadeem Ahmed, the left-arm spinner, then wrapped up the UAE innings with the wicket of Yodhin Punja to end with 2 for 47. Rath was the pick of Hong Kong’s bowlers, returning 4 for 34, while Afzal took 2 for 21.
Hong Kong’s second hit wasn’t too memorable, and though it had a good start, the middle order folded against a probing UAE attack. Only Hayat, who scored a century in the first innings, provided some resistance with his gritty half-century.
Raja Adeel bowled Kinchit Shah in the second over, but Rath and Hayat put on a 54-run stand for the second wicket. Once Rath fell to Nasir Azis for 32, none of the Hong Kong batsmen, barring Hayat, could stick around for long, with Nizakat Khan (18) and Jamie Atkinson (30) failing to convert their starts to big scores. Hong Kong could get past the 150-run mark only due to Hayat’s 73.
Raza finished with figures of 5 for 61, while Aziz returned 4 for 90.
Both Hong Kong and the UAE are yet to register a victory in the tournament.

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