Emirates inexperience comes back to haunt them after being bowled out for 213 in less than 68 overs in Nairobi.
UAE 'need to get back into four-day groove' as wickets tumble in Kenya
The UAE's inexperience in the longer version of the game came back to haunt them yesterday after the visitors were bowled out in less than 68 overs on the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya in Nairobi.
Electing to bat first, the UAE lost wickets in clutches - three for one run and then the last six for 35 as they were bowled out for 213, with Khurram Khan, the captain, playing a lone hand of 85.
Kenya were three down for 91 at stumps on the first day of the four-day match with the two openers, Rakep Patel (36) and Runish Gudhka (0), and captain Collins Obuya (15) back in the pavilion.
"It has been a tough day," said Mohammed Lokhandwala, the UAE team manager. "We had only one good partnership between Saqib Ali and Khurram. They did really well. Apart from them, none of the batsmen really put their heads down and played.
"We are still in that 50-over groove and we need to get back into the four-day groove. We need to cut out some of the shots and concentrate on staying at the crease. The more time you spend at the crease, the easier it becomes to bat. You don't have to go after the bowling."
Save for Khurram and Saqib, none of the UAE batsmen managed to do that. After an opening-wicket partnership of 31 between Abdul Rehman (23) and Arshad Ali (13), the UAE lost three wickets for one run - Rehman, Amjad Ali (13) and Shaiman Anwar (0) - to slump to 57 for four.
That brought the experienced duo of Saqib (45) and captain Khurram to the crease and together they added 121 runs for the fifth wicket before Hiren Varaiya had Saqib caught by Tanmay Mishra.
Those were the brightest moments of the day for UAE and Saqib's departure at 178 led to another UAE slump.
"We did not have a great start and lost four early wickets," Lokhandwala said. "That really got us into trouble. Fortunately Saqib and Khurram had that 121-run partnership, but we needed a lot more than that. We needed at least two more of those century partnerships.
"We now have to try and fight with whatever we have on the board."
UAE, 1st innings
Rehman c Mepani b Wesonga 23
Arshad c Mepani b Bhudia 13
Amjad c Jesani b Oluoch 13
Saqib c Mishra b Varaiya 45
Anwar c Varaiya b Wesonga 0
Khurram c Obuya b Varaiya 85
Raza c Rakep b Oluoch 1
Tauqir lbw b Oluoch 9
Javed lbw b Varaiya 7
Bari not out 0
Sarwar c Bhudia b Varaiya 0
Extras 13b, 1lb, 3w 17
Total (all out, 67.3 overs) 213
Fall of wickets: 1-31; 2-56; 3-56; 4-57; 5-178; 6-181; 7-199; 8-207; 9-213; 10-213
Bowling: Bhudia 8-3-28-1; Oluoch 18-2-58-3; Wesonga 14-5-29-2; Gudhka 11-3-39-0; Varaiya 16.3-4-45-4
Kenya, 1st innings
Rakep c Saqib b Javed 36
Gudhka lbw b Sarwar 0
Wesonga not out 35
Obuya c & b Tauqir 15
Extras 5lb, 1w 6
Total (3 wickets, 22.5 overs) 91
Fall of wickets: 1-1; 2-61; 3-91
Bowling: Sarwar 8-0-30-1; Bari 5-0-28-0; Javed 6-1-20-1; Raza 3-1-6-0; Tauqir 0.5-0-2-1
Kenya trail by 122 runs with seven first innings wickets in hand.