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Adnan Mufti

Mufti's maiden first-class ton props up UAE

Nam v UAE, ICC I-Cup, Day 1 Report

Side recovers from 74 for 4 to post 269 before Namibia reaches 8 for no loss on the first day of Intercontinental Cup game

Adnan Mufti's fighting century for United Arab Emirates brought some parity in its game against Namibia on the first day of the Intercontinental Cup match in Windhoek on Sunday.

After Namibia's bowlers reduced UAE to 74 for 4, Mufti joined forces with Rameez Shahzad for a 94-run stand. Once Shahzad fell to Petrus Burger, though, UAE lost wickets quickly and was bowled out for 269 in 85.3 overs. Namibia then capped off a good day by reaching 8 for no loss at stumps.

Mufti scored a fine 110, his maiden first-class hundred, before JJ Smit, the left-arm quick, dismissed him. Smit was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 37.

While most of the wickets were taken by the seamers, Burger, the legspinner, picked up 3 for 44 to hasten the end for UAE. Jan Frylinck and Craig Williams, the quicks, shared three wickets.

UAE showed signs of resistance in patches, but barring Mufti, no one even crossed fifty; Shahzad's 40 was the second-highest score. Rohan Mustafa, the captain, opened the innings but fell for 36. It was eventually Mohammad Naveed (17) and Imran Haider (20), the lower-order batsmen, that helped UAE go past 250.

With only four overs to see through till stumps, Lohan Louwrens and Stephan Baard, the Namibia openers, adopted a safety-first approach. Baard scored six off 17 balls, while Louwrens was yet to get off the mark after facing eight balls.

Both teams, with only one win from five games, are at the bottom of the table with 27 points each. The outcome of this game will determine which of the two sides avoid the wooden spoon.

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