Zeeshan Maqsood falls just short of 200 on day one of ACC Elite
Double centuries don't come along very often in international one-day cricket - there have only been eight in total, with three in full ODIs (including women's ODIs). So it will be especially heartbreaking for Oman's Zeeshan Maqsood to have been run out for 199 against Bhutan today, even more so as it was his debut.
Maqqood's innings, scored from 159 balls, was of course the backbone of the Omani total of 415-5 from their 50 overs, but Jatinder Singh also chipped in with 67 from 57 balls, whilst Amir Ali scored a quick unbeaten 53 from 24 balls.
Bhutan - not surprisingly - struggled in reply, with only Thinley Jamtsho making a decent contribution with 42. Adnan Ilyas took 6-33 as Bhutan were bowled out for just 103, losing by 312 runs.
In the other Group A match, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan, fresh from their World Twenty20 campaign, took on Malaysia, who impressed in 2010, and will be looking to bounce back from a poor WCL Division Four tournament in which they were relegated.
Afghanistan were put in to bat by Malaysian captain Suhan Kumar, and they batted unusually slowly throughout their innings, only picking up speed towards the end as Mohammad Nabi scored 47 from 46 balls. The top scorer was Samiullah Shenwari with 56 in the Afghan total of 234-8.
The start of Malaysia's innings saw Gulbodin Naib - the hero with the bat in Afghanistan's recent defeat to England - do the business with the ball, taking three cheap wickets as Malaysia were 68-4 in the 23rd over. They recovered from that point, with Shafiq Sharif scoring an unbeaten 75, but it was too little too late and they were restricted to 198-6 from their 50 overs, losing by 36 runs.
In the Group B match between 2010 runners-up Nepal and hosts UAE, the home side won the toss and chose to bat on what was apparently very much a batsman's wicket.
But the UAE were bowled out for 133, with only Mohammad Azam getting a start with 33 from 25 balls. Shakti Gauchan was the pick of the Nepali bowlers with 5-32.
It should have been an easy chase for Nepal, but their inconsistent batting failed again when they were quickly reduced to 11-3 early in their innings. The early October heat was at it's worst at this point, with UAE bowler Manjula Guruge suffering the most, having to pause to be sick on at least one occasion.
But Nepal recovered thanks to 63 from Anil Mandal, and they were able to secure a four wicket win in the 46th over.
The other Group B match, at the Global Cricket Academy number 2 ground in Dubai, saw Hong Kong take on Saudi Arabia. The Hong Kong innings started badly when Waqas Barkat was dismissed from the first ball. But they bounced back from that early disappointment to score 278 in 48 overs, with Nizakat Khan top scoring with 65.
In reply, the Saudis were bundled out for just 69 to lose by 209 runs. Syed Hassan was the only batsman to reach double figures with 14. Nadeem Ahmed bowled well for Hong Kong, taking four wickets for just five runs in seven accurate overs of left-arm spin, bowling five maidens along the way.
Tomorrow's Group A matches will see Afghanistan play Oman and Bhutan take on the Maldives. Group B matches are Hong Kong against Kuwait and the UAE against Saudi Arabia.