At Dubai International Stadium, ICC InterContinental Cup, Day 2 of 4

Ireland take a significant lead of 296 runs with 5 wickets remaining to fall at the end of 2nd day’s play against Scotland.

Ireland 1st Innings 251 all out in 81 overs (Kevin O’Brien 78 n.o, Andrew Balbirnie 36, William Porterfield 28, Gary Wilson 21, Stuart Whittingham 3/23, Mark Watt 3/60, Chris Sole 3/79) and 2nd Innings 186/5 in 45 overs (Gary Wilson 56, Simi Singh 34 n.o, William Porterfield 29, Andrew Balbirnie 21)

Scotland 1st Innings 141 all out in 52.2 overs (George Munsey 38, Safyaan Sharif 26 n.o, Kyle Coetzer 22, Boyd Rankin 4/45, Kevin O’Brien 3/14, Tim Murtagh 2/24)

Ireland lead by 296 runs with 2 days play remaining.

At Abu Dhabi, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Day 2 of 4

Afghanistan post a mammoth total of 500+ runs with 3 players getting centuries and then reducing UAE to half-down at 100/5 and en-route to a big 1st innings lead and possible follow-on for UAE.

Afghanistan 1st Innings 510/9 dec in 147 overs (Ihsanullah 124, Asghar Stanikzai 114, Rahmat Shah 103, Afsar Zazai 50 n.o, Rashid Khan 40, Ahmed Raza 5/148, Mohammad Naveed 3/112)

UAE 1st Innings 100/5 in 40 overs (Shaiman Anwar 29 n.o, Muhammad Usman 21, Rashid Khan 3/24, Yamin Ahmadzai 1/14)

UAE trail by 410 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.

At Dubai, ICC Academy, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Day 2 of 4

Netherlands will enforce the follow-on on Namibia after conceding a big lead of 298 runs in the 1st innings. Namibia will have to bat out of their skins to erase the deficit and make Netherlands bat again with 2 days of play remaining.

Netherlands 1st Innings 501/8 dec in 117.4 overs (Roelof van der Merwe 175, Maxwell O’Dowd 126, Ben Cooper 65, Shane Snater 50 n.o, Craig Williams 4/71, Jan Frylinck 2/32)

Namibia 1st Innings 203 all out in 72 overs (Stephen Baard 111, Vivian Kingma 3/22, Roelof van der Merwe 3/50, Shane Snater 2/41)

Namibia will bat once again with a deficit of 298 runs with 10 wickets remaining in the 2nd innings.

At Sharjah Cricket Ground, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Day 2 of 4

A brilliant unbeaten century by Babar Hayat helps Hong Kong take a slender lead of 32 runs over Papua New Guinea with 2 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.

Papua New Guinea 1st Innings 237 all out in 77.3 overs (Tony Ura 62, Kipling Doriga 40, Assad Vala 40, Nadeem Ahmed 5/72, Ehsan Khan 3/66)

Hong Kong 1st Innings 269/8 in 112.4 overs (Babar Hayat 140 n.o, Nizakat Khan 35, Ehsan Khan 30, Chad Soper 3/26, Damian Ravu 2/40)

Low scoring rate has ensured that the match is evenly poised between PNG and HK, and a good performance will be crucial to either teams chances on Day 3 of the match.