Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day Two of the seventh match of the ongoing ICC Intercontinental Cup between UAE and Hong Kong at the ICC Academy ground in Dubai on Wednesday. Hong Kong finished on a score of 307 for the loss of six wickets on Day 1 after 96 overs, with skipper Tanwir Afzal and Aizaz Khan batting on 90 and 8 respectively. The Hong Kong innings had primarily been propelled by an impressive century from Babar Hayat (113 off 235 balls) as well as Afzal’s captain’s innings, with Kinchit Shah playing a vital knock of 62 off 119 balls earlier in the innings. Both Asif Iqbal and Ahmed Raza have taken two wickets each in the innings so far, to lead the UAE bowling performance.

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. 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.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE UAE 82/4 after 54 overs | Hong Kong 378 | : Usman Mushtaq 29(146), Swapnil Patil 13(50): Both Usman Mushtaq and Swapnil Patil are batting pretty well, however they are batting at a snail’s pace. Their partnership has fetched UAE 26 runs in 19 overs. But we have to say that their defence is solid, barring some shots where they missed making contact with the ball. UAE now trail by 296 runs in the first innings, they still have a long way to go. Raja Adhil and Yodhin Punja are next to come if a wicket falls. Umpire has declared end of day’s play.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE UAE 70/4 after 45 overs | Hong Kong 378 | : Usman Mushtaq 23(114), Swapnil Patil 7(22): Just three runs came in the last six overs. Usman Khwaja is playing one of the slowest innings of the tournament. Swapnil Patil who is batting at the other end is taking time to get his eye in. UAE are trailing by 308 runs. UAE fans will be hoping that Patil and Mushtaq strike a rapport and bail them out of trouble. It has been a bowlers day today, first we witnessed Hong Kong lower-order’s batting collapse and then UAE losing four wickets with hardly any runs on board.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE UAE 67/4 after 39 overs | Hong Kong 378 | : Usman Mushtaq 21(91), Swapnil Patil 6(9): UAE lose their fourth wicket in the form of Shaiman Anwar. Things are getting ugly for them. Swapnil Patil has come at the crease after Anwar’s dismissal. Usman Mushtaq should up his scoring rate or else he is danger of running out of partners. UAE are now trailing by 311 runs. OUT! Shaiman Anwar c Babar Hayat b Ehsan Nawaz 16(44)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE UAE 56/3 after 34 overs | Hong Kong 378 | : Usman Mushtaq 16(80), Shaiman Anwar 16(38): Usman is batting very defensively at a strike rate of 20. Both Usman and Anwar are batting on 16 with the help of two boundaries. This partnership is very crucial for UAE because they don’t have a good tail. They are chasing a hefty target and this partnership needs to go if they want to entertain any chance of drawing or winning the match. Swapnil Patil is next in the batting order if a wicket falls.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE UAE 42/3 after 27 overs | Hong Kong 378 | : Usman Mushtaq 11(56), Shaiman Anwar 9(22): UAE have started their chase of 378 but have lost three early wickets of Amjad Ali, Asif Iqbal and Laxman Sreekumar. Usman Mushtaq and Shaiman Anwar are at the crease and are doing damage repair. Usman is batting patiently on 11 having faced 56 deliveries. UAE are trailing by 336 runs. Fast-medium bowler Tanwir Afzal is bowling very well. He is pitching the ball in right areas and mixing up his deliveries nicely. OUT! Amjad Ali c Carter b Aizaz Khan 13(43), OUT! Asif Iqbal b Tanwir Afzal 8(37), OUT! Laxman Sreekumar b Tanwir Afzal 0(4)

Innings Break

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Hong Kong 378 after 125.2 overs: Ehsan Nawaz 14(72): Tanwir Afzal added only 14 runs to his overnight score of 90 and perished after making his century. The last three batsmen didn’t offer any resistance and were out for just 47 runs. Hong Kong are bowled out for 378 which is a good score. Now, their bowlers have to ensure that they do not allow UAE to eclipse their first innings score. Tough job ahead for UAE batsmen. OUT! Aizaz Khan lbw Asif Iqbal 16(49), OUT! Tanwir Afzal c Patil b Asif Iqbal 104(171), OUT! Haseeb Amjad run out Nasir Aziz 3(9), OUT! Nadeem Ahmed c Amjad Ali b Nasir Aziz 29(57)

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).