Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the first day of the seventh match of the ongoing ICC Intercontinental Cup between UAE and Hong Kong at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Wednesday. The two teams are currently at the bottom of the points table that has so far seen Ireland and Netherlands occupy the top slots, with Hong Kong and UAE occupying the seventh and eighth positions on the position table. UAE and Hong Kong will be led by Ahmed Raza and Tanwir Afzal respectively. The hosts have the likes of Amjad Ali, Nasir Aziz, wicketkeeper-batsman Swapnil Patil, who represented the side during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 307/6 after 96 overs: Aizaz Khan 8 (30), Tanwir Afzal 90 (152): STUMPS!!!! That’s it for today. No har done following the fall of sixth wicket as Hong Kong cross the 300-run mark with Tanwir batting in his 90s. For UAE, Raja Adeel and Ahmed Raza were the ones who claimed a couple each.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 284/6 after 89 overs: Aizaz Khan 0 (6), Tanwir Afzal 77 (132): GONE!!!! Babar Hayat is the latest man to be dismissed as he falls for a brilliant 113 off 235 deliveries that come off 10 boundaries as well. Asif Iqbal makes him caught behind as Aizaz Khan makes his way in, while Tanwir Afzal seems to be batting good as well.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 227/5 after 73 overs: Babar Hayat 97(187), Tanwir Afzal 44(91): Babar Hayat is just three short of his century. He has batted extremely well and has struck nine shots to the fence so far. He thoroughly deserves a hundred. Tanwir Afzal is nearing his half century and has struck two gigantic sixes and five boundaries in his knock. Hong Kong are in a good position in this match now. Their partnership is looking solid.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 194/5 after 63 overs: Babar Hayat 81(152), Tanwir Afzal 25(64): Christopher Carter is caught by Patil off the bowling of Ahmed Raza, he scored just seven. Babar Hayat is batting pretty well on 81, well set to get to his century. He has struck seven boundaries in his knock so far. Hong Kong will be aiming to get past 300. It’s not tough if this partnership between Hayat and Tanwir Afzal grows. It has already fetched 50 runs for Hong Kong. Ahmed Raza has bowled well but he has not appeared lethal. OUT! Christopher Carter c Patil b Ahmed Raza 7(23)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 125/4 after 40 overs: Babar Hayat 49(96), Christopher Carter 0(5): Hong Kong have been pushed to the backfoot following a quick series of dismissals. Kinchit Shah’s innings comes to an end after hitting nine boundaries during his 119-ball knock of 62. Nizakat Khan and Jamie Atkinson depart after scoring 2 and 0 respectively, with the score reducing the visitors to 124 for 4. Raja Adeel and Ahmed Raza effect the dismissals. OUT! Kinchit Shah c Qais Farooq b Raja Adeel 62(119), Nizakat Khan lbw Ahmed Raza 2(6), Jamie Atkinson lbw Raja Adeel 0(6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 104/1 after 30 overs: Kinchit Shah 58(98), Babar Hayat 36(72): Hong Kong are now in the driver’s seat, thanks to the partnership between Shah and Hayat that is worth 90 runs at the end of 30 overs. Shah has brought up his half-century, which has consisted of nine boundaries so far. Hayat is providing valuable support at the other end, as the pair look to pile further misery on the hosts.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 81/1 after 20 overs: Kinchit Shah 45(70), Babar Hayat 26(40): Shah and Hayat have done well to help their side recover from the early blow to gain control in the first few overs of the match. Shah is nearing his half-century, while Hayat has moved to 26, with Hong Kong’s score at the end of 20 overs reading 81 for 1. The partnership between the two is worth 67 at the moment.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 51/1 after 10 overs: Kinchit Shah 32(37), Babar Hayat 9(13): The visitors lose the wicket of Anshuman Rath early in their innings after winning the toss and choosing to bat. Rath is trapped lbw to depart after scoring 9 at a pace of nearly a run-a-ball. Shah has hit six boundaries in his innings so far to move to the 30s, as Hong Kong have put up 51 runs in the first 10 overs. OUT! Anshuman Rath lbw Yodhin Punja 9(10)

Teams:

UAE: Ahmed Raza (c), Amjad Ali, Asif Iqbal, Nasir Aziz, Swapnil Patil (wk), Yodhin Punja, Raja Adeel, Shaiman Anwar, Laxman Sreekumar, Qais Farooq, Usman Mushtaq.

Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath, Kinchit Shah, Babar Hayat, Haseeb Amjad, Jamie Atkinson, Tanwir Afzal (c), Aizaz Khan, Nizakat Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed, Christopher Carter (wk)

Toss: Hong Kong win the toss and choose to bat.

UAE and Hong Kong faced Namibia and Ireland in their opening fixtures of the ongoing tournament, which is set to go on till the year 2017, with the winner of the team set to face the bottom-ranked Test nation in a bid to become the 11th Test nation. Both teams were off to losing starts in their ventures. UAE were handed an innings and 26-run defeat by Ireland, who amassed 492 in their first innings (Ed Joyce hammered 231), before the UAE were bowled out for 213 and 253 in the match at Malahide in Dublin, Ireland. Hong Kong, on the other hand, lost to Namibia by 114 runs at the former’s backyard in Windhoek.

Squads:

UAE: Ahmed Raza (c), Abdul Shakoor, Amjad Ali, Asif Iqbal, Mohammad Naveed, Nasir Aziz, Swapnil Patil (wk), Yodhin Punja, Qais Farooq, Raja Adeel Iqbal, Shaiman Anwar, Laxman Sreekumar, Umair Ali, Usman Mushtaq

Hong Kong: Tanwir Afzal (c), Mark Chapman, Aizaz Khan, Anshy Rath, Jamie Atkinson, Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Nawaz, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ninad Shah, Waqas Barkat, Waqas Khan, Irfan Ahmed, Ishtiaq Muhammad.