Khan stars as UAE thrash PNG
To use an old cliché, Khuram Khan seems to be like a fine wine - getting better with age. He's always been a good player for the UAE of course, but in what is likely to be the twilight of the 42 year old's career, he does seem to be stepping up his game as his team look to qualify for their first World Cup since 1996.
That was certainly apparent in the UAE's clash against Papua New Guinea today. Khan dominated the UAE innings, making his highest List A score of 138 out of the UAE total of 280. The second highest score was Vikrant Shetty's 35.
Papua New Guinea's reply started badly as Lega Siaka followed his century in PNG's last game with a first ball duck. The innings never really recovered from there, only three batsmen reaching double figures.
Charles Amini was the top scorer with 49 before he became one of six batsmen caught by wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil. PNG were bowled out for 130 to complete a 150 run win for the UAE. Amjad Javed was th pick of the bowlers with 4-26.
Both sides will be in action again on Tuesday, with the UAE playing Kenya and Papua New Guinea taking on Scotland.