Three Centurions Underpin Convincing UAE Victory
Three centuries in their second innings set the United Arab Emirates up for a convincing 266-run win over Kenya in their opening ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-2013 fixture in Nairobi.
After Kenya opened up a six-run lead on first innings, Saqib Ali, Amjad Javed and Khurram Khan all passed three figures as the away side declared their second innings on 439 for eight to set Kenya 434 to win.
Kenya were then bowled out for 167 as the UAE sealed the win in clinical fashion.
They had made an uncertain start, only captain Khan (85) and Ali (45) resisting for long in their first innings of 213 in which left-arm spinner Hiren Varaiya grabbed four wickets.
But Kenya only opened up a narrow lead thanks to 44 from Rajesh Bhudia at number nine and useful contributions from fellow lower-order players Samarth Patel (30) and Varaiya (27 not out).
The UAE were then 31 for three in their second innings before Ali hit 153 in 285 balls, Amjad Javed 100 in 140 and Khan 113 in 142 deliveries to turn the match decisively in their favour, Khan and Ali putting on 190 for the fourth wicket.
Despite 63 from new captain Collins Obuya, Kenya never threatened their target, Shoaib Sarwar, Amjad Javed and Mohammad Tauqir all taking two wickets to help UAE mark their return to the Intercontinental Cup with a deserved success.
The one-day series between the two sides prior to the four-day games was drawn 1-1.
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