It's advantage Scotland after a low scoring opening day of their Intercontinental Cup clash with hosts UAE in Sharjah.

Last year's beaten finalists Scotland have already secured the six first innings lead points on offer, after inspired spells by their new ball pairing of Gordon Goudie and Saffy Sharif.

Sharif (3-27) accounted for Arshad Ali, Swapnil Patil, and the very dangerous Saqib Ali as UAE floundered on 27 for 4.

Amjad Javed (24), Khurram Khan (22), and Mohammad Tauqir (14) were the only contributors of note as UAE scored a well below par 100.

Goudie (3-22) bowled with real venom, while the other wicket takers were Majid Haq (2-14), and Richie Berrington (1-16) - the other wicket was the run out of Amjad Javed by Calum MacLeod.

Openers Ryan Flannigan (9) and Ewan Chalmers (15) went with 30 on the board, but Preston Mommsen (24) and Majid Haq (28) added 52 for the 3rd wicket to leave Scotland firmly in control.

The dismissal of both within three balls rocked Scotland, but first class debutant Freddie Coleman (20) and Richie Berrington (19*) took Scotland into the lead.

The fall of Coleman three balls before the close took some of the gloss off the day, but with Scotland having great depth to their batting, they will be confident of building a macth winning lead of 100-150 when play resumes tomorrow morning.

If UAE are to take anything from the game, they will need to make early inroads, and then bat with greater skill and application than shown today in what was a truly pathetic effort.