Oman's first multi-day international - even if it was only of the two-day variety - ended in a draw against hosts UAE at the Ajman Oval today.
UAE captain Ahmed Raza won the toss and chose to bat first, with Amjad Ali and Asif Iqbal putting on 64 for the opening wicket before Ali was out for 37. Iqbal was the third man out with the innings top score of 41, but there was to be no other significant partnership.
Khawar Ali, usually known as an opening batsman, showed that he can do the business with the ball too, taking 6-43 as the UAE were bowled out for 202. Nasir Aziz did at least offer some resistance late on with 37 from 39 balls. With no mandatory declarations in place for this match - unlike the Hong Kong v Nepal contest earlier in the week - UAE were able to bat for 76 overs before they lost their final wicket.
Oman's reply was dominated by Jatinder Singh and Zeeshan Maqsood, who scored 81 and 45 respectively. No other Omani batsman was able to reach double figures though, and they were bowled out for 163. Ahmed Raza was the pick of the UAE bowlers with 4-64.
The second innings of the home side got off to a disastrous start as both openers were dismissed without a run on the board. UAE soon found themselves on 9-4, and the prospects of them being bowled out cheaply and Oman having a run chase reared their heads.
Number 6 batsman Swapnil Patil steadied things a little with an innings of 41, but the hosts still managed to be bowled out for just 95. Amir Ali was the leading Omani bowler this time with 3-13. That gave Oman a notional target of 135, but with little time left they weren't likely to be able to chase it down. They scored 45-3 from seven overs before the draw was called.
UAE now have an Intercontinental Cup game against Hong Kong to play. That game will start on Wednesday and will be played at the ICC Academy ground. Oman will next be in action on Thursday when they take on Papua New Guinea on the secondary ICC Academy ground.
UAE drew with Oman
Ajman Oval, 7-8 November
UAE 202 (76 overs, Asif Iqbal 41, Amjad Ali 37, Nasir Aziz 37, Khawar Ali 6-43)
Oman 163 (57 overs, Jatinder Singh 81, Zeeshan Maqsood 45, Ahmed Raza 4-64, Y Punja 3-34)
UAE 95 (39.5 overs, S Patil 41, Amir Ali 3-13)
Oman 45-3 (7 overs)